Welcome to Pizza Quest!

I want to welcome you to the launch of our new site, Pizza Quest. You'll see that at the top of the page it says Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart and, yes, while I will serve as narrator and primary host, there is a whole team of serious pizza freaks involved in this site. We have been avidly shooting video footage of some our favorite pizzerias -- seems like new ones are opening on a regular basis, so this promises to be a long quest --  and have been editing it for a television series that will be on the air one of these days (we'll be giving you updates on that as they develop).

Until then, every week we'll be posting a short extract from the series, we call them webisode segments, to give you a taste of our search for the perfect pizza and to introduce you to some of the interesting people we've met along the way. You'll notice that not all of the webisodes will be about pizza, as we met many artisans who are only indirectly related to pizza, and some who have nothing at all to do with pizza but who share that same obsessive

intensity, a fire in their bellies, that we found among pizza freaks.

In addition to the webisodes, we'll post instructional videos from time to time, photos from our quests, and we'll also post thoughtful articles from some of the featured performers on the TV series as well as from other friends and noteworthy contributors. There will also be a members Forum section where all of us can interact and share our obsessions. As it says in our Vision Statement, this site is about more than pizza (but certainly it is about pizza!), but also what pizza represents about us, about the world, and how similar a quest for the perfect pizza is to a quest for quality of all kinds. We use the word artisanship to define that level of quality, and we plan to explore artisanship of all types, yes, through the lens of pizza, but also for its value in our personal journeys of self-discovery.

The site will grow as more of you join us. We encourage you to send it to others, post the videos or link them to your own blogs, and join the conversation. We promise to keep streaming interesting things to you on a regular basis, as fast as it comes in, and look forward to you streaming things back to us. I will provide ongoing blog commentary to accompany the webisodes and instructionals, as well as news and updates.

A personal note of thanks to our launch sponsors, Bel Gioioso Cheese and Forno Bravo (yes, I have one of their wood-fired ovens in my backyard — what fun!!).

Also, thank you to Cary Steiner, who took the photo of me at Umberto's in Queens (and introduced me to Umberto's Grandmother pie--a local legend, as many in Queens and beyond know) , and who, along with his wife Lillian, have a wonderful pizza blog at www.passion-4-pizza.com (details in the Sites We Like section).

Finally, I want to thank James Bairey and FornoBravo.com for being our web development partner and host site. We couldn't think of a more kindred site and company to partner with and, without James' technical internet prow ess, along with his team, I know I could never have conceived of and executed such a dynamic site. We think you're going to enjoy the ride and hope you will come back again and again--and bring your friends.


Till the next time,
May Your Pizzas All Be Perfect!




#1 Cary & Lillian Steiner 2010-12-21 08:57
Congratulations and good luck, Peter, on launching Pizza Quest! Looks like this site is going to be a wonderful resource for pizza mavens and any of us who wake up one day saying "I wanna do THAT!"

Thanks for doing this!
#2 Mark Erwin 2010-12-22 08:27
I just finished our oven and it is a little unique. It is in the front yard for all the neighborhood to enjoy and it converts to a fireplace. I would be happy to share. The oven wasn't finished when the video was shot.

#3 Paul Scivetti 2010-12-26 12:58
Hey, Peter!

Congrats on your new site! My fabulous wife, Marie, just gave me The Bread Baker's Apprentice for Christmas, which is the BEST book on bread I've ever seen. If you bring that level of writing and wisdom to Pizza Quest, this will be a slam-dunk winner of a site!

All the best on your Pizza adventures!
#4 Teresa Greenway 2011-01-15 09:06
Great site Peter! You hit a nerve in everyone who loves pizza, and who doesn't love pizza? You have certainly inspired me to bake more pizza, I will be trying out the sourdough aspect of pizza dough. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to baking! Teresa
#5 Peter Reinhart 2011-01-27 17:53
Thank you all for your ongoing support and for helping spread the word. Our viewership is growing exponentially thanks to you.

PS If you're a newbie, feel free to send in your comments too--we'd love to hear from you.
#6 Matthew 2011-01-28 12:00
I've been following both here and on your main blog! Looking forward to the productions on the small screen. If you come back to the RDU area and haven't gone to Bella Mia in Cary, most people swear by it as the best pizza at least this side of the Piedmont. Lastly, is Umberto's in Queens or Long Island? The photo caption says one thing but your paragraph states another. It does seem there are new places popping up Maialano and Spumoni Gardens aren't near per se but new to my knowledge.
#7 scott thorson 2011-01-30 21:34
Peter -
The website looks great and I am glad to see people are visiting it and it is growing. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you out in Boulder last fall.

Looking forward to more Pizza Quests
#8 Tim Rhyne 2011-02-03 11:48
Great website Peter,

If only I could smell the pizzas :P .
Great concept and I look forward to seeing and reading more.

Good Luck!
#9 Peter Reinhart 2011-02-03 21:59
If I recall, Umberto's is in New Hyde Park, in Queens. I may have said Long Island by mistake. I was taken there by Cary and Lillian, of Passion-4-Pizza.com (see "Sites We Like" for a link) and introduced to the Grandma's Pizza there--kind of a Sicilian-style pizza yet it's own thing at the same time. Yummy!!
#10 Cary & Lillian Steiner 2011-02-04 09:36
Close, Peter. New Hyde Park kinda straddles Queens and Nassau Counties. Queens is in NYC, and Nassau is Long Island.

Umberto's in on the L.I. side, but only about a mile or two from Queens!

By the way, we're back from India!


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Vision Statement

Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.

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