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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Via Baci - Denver Area

    Hey All - I was in Denver on business and had a free night last night so I went and checked out Via Baci in Lone Tree (www.viabaci.com). They have a woodstone oven , but they at least use real wood and no gas to cook with it.

    I had Prosciutto e Rucola and it was great. They claim to use 00 flour and san marzanos. They also make their mozzarella there so it is very authentic.

    The pizza was very good and it is definitely worth checking out if you get this way. The dough could use a little work - but overall it was very very good.

    I highly recommend it. My favorite US spot is Antica Pizzeria (Antica Pizzeria - Los Angeles, CA Southern Italian Cuisine, Pizza, Fine Dining) in Marina Del Rey, CA. Yes I like it even more than Pizzeria Bianco!! Blashphemy!!

    Jay

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    Re: Via Baci - Denver Area

    Nice to hear from you Jay. How is the restaurant coming along. It will be fun to hear what you are doing and how much you like being in the pizzeria business.
    James
    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces

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      Re: Via Baci - Denver Area

      Well I love the pizzeria business...I still have my day job but do work some days at our existing Dallas restaurant making pizzas, working the front of the house, or reviewing POS systems.

      We just have deck ovens in Dallas so it is VERY easy cooking...not nearly as stressful as wood ovens.

      That being said - I HATE the restaurant construction business. It is like death by duckbite...long, slow, and painful. So many hoops to jump through between contractors and city councils...uggh. We are allegedely opening in mid-March.

      Believe it or not we are looking at a third location to open in 2008 and I may take the full lead on that one. Depending on how things go with our Italian partners, I may want to do something a bit more meaningful for Forno Bravo.

      Jay

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        Re: Via Baci - Denver Area

        Hey Jay, you were about 1 mile from my house. What do you think of all of that snow? I think the via baci place is pretty good. They revamped the menu recently (they took away the clam and garlic pizza ) but I still enjoy it.

        I had just started my oven when they opened the place...

        It seems to me that they are in a pretty good position to expand/franchise, they have a pretty well-branded concept.

        Drake
        My Oven Thread:
        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...-oven-633.html

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          Re: Via Baci - Denver Area

          Hey Drake - I get out to Denver all the time. I'll drop you a note when I head out there again. I was "loser - party of one" at Via Baci. I did talk to one of the owners for a bit. Seems like they are looking at opening a second site somewhere in the area. They did say they had recently changed the menu and had a lot of people disappointed with some of the things they took off...

          Jay

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            Re: Via Baci - Denver Area

            They also added some "entrees" recently, which I think loses the focus on pizza...drop me an email next time you are in town and I can show you my oven in person, at least we can grab lunch drake at bluetap dot com.

            Drew
            My Oven Thread:
            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...-oven-633.html

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