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Webisode Intro #1: Pizza and Obsession

Hi everyone, I’m Peter Reinhart, your Pizza Quest guide, and this is our first ever webisode. We’re going to leave this opening segment on the front page for all newcomers to the site, but please feel free to navigate over to the Webisode page if you really want to catch up on all the webisode segments. We’ll continue posting additional webisodes that will take us to some of the stops…Read More…

Pizza Quest, with guest Charles “Charlito” Wekselbaum, Salami Master

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!  We are joined this week by Charles Wekselbaum, owner and head salumeriest for Charlito’s Cocina, makers of fine charcuterie. Is it salumi or salami? We’ll find out, as Charles guides Peter through a tasting of three of his most popular Spanish-influenced products, and explains how he transforms fresh meat products into cured and fermented dried meats in which his goal is to evoke the full…Read More…

Pizza Quest with guest Tim Lorsch, on his one-man show, “The Suitcase”

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! This week’s guest is a long time friend of mine (we go back to 7th grade together, circa 1963), Tim Lorsch, Nashville musician/sideman, who has created a one-man performance piece called, The Suitcase.  The show was inspired when Tim unexpectedly received an old suitcase that had formerly belonged to his great uncle before being sent to Auschwitz, where he was killed by the Nazi’s. The…Read More…

Pizza Quest, with guest Dave Ravanesi, the latest Philly rising star

Hi All and Welcome Back, My brother, Harry, was with me the day we discovered Pizzeria Beddia about eight years ago and then, together, we watched as Joe Beddia rocketed to superstardom in the pizza world (not because of us, but our timing was pretty good, as we were just ahead of the masses, reinforcing our belief in our own early detection radar skills about these kind of things). So,…Read More…

My Upcoming Zoom Class on Pan Pizza

Hi All, The Milk Street Cooking School has invited me back for a third time, and we’ve decided to make it a class on pan pizza — specifically, focaccia and a new Detroit-style variation featuring my signature “embedded cheese technique.” Here’s the link to the class if you’d like to sign up. The date is June 20th at 6:00 PM Eastern. It will be a live, 75-minute Zoom session, including…Read More…

Pizza Quest: It’s All About the Pans, featuring Paul Tiffany of Lloyd Pans

Welcome back to Pizza Quest. In this episode we welcome back Paul Tiffany, director of product engineering at Lloyd Pans, to update us on the latest new pan pizza products and to explain the unique manufacturing process that allows Lloyd Pans to respond and customize pans so quickly for the pizza and other food service industries. He also shows us a very cool new product for making handheld Detroit-style pizzas,…Read More…

Pizza Quest Interview with World Champion Joe Carlucci of Valentina’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! Our guest in this episode is long-time world pizza champion, Joe Carlucci. So, you might ask, how did a nice New York area kid end up running an iconic, destination pizzeria in Madison, Alabama?  It’s a long story and one best told by Joe himself, including the many life lessons that allowed him to crash and burn (and rise from the ashes) many times on…Read More…

Update from Peter Regarding our Heritage Radio Network Audio Podcasts

Hi All, As many of you have already figured out, not all of the interviews we do here on Pizza Quest make it onto this website. We only post the Zoom video interviews here (and also on YouTube) because they are, well, videos.  But many of our shows are conducted on audio tape only, such as when we go to Pizza Expo and the Atlantic City Northeast Pizza and Pasta…Read More…

Pizza Quest: Chef Mike Friedman’s Pizza and Other Jewish Italian American Tributes in DC

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! Chef Michael Friedman grew up in a New York area Jewish American household (in Westfield, NJ, to be specific) and, like me, was nourished by lots of Chinese and Italian food. Also like me, he attended Boston University’s School of Communications, so we share a kindred spirit connectivity. After paying his dues in fine dining restaurants around the world (including stints with Rich Melman’s Lettuce…Read More…

Pizza Quest: Animal-Free Cheese that Actually Tastes and Melts Like Cheese

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!     Our guest this week is Inja Radman, co-founder of New Culture Food, a company with a mission to provide the world with animal-free cheese, beginning with mozzarella, that actually tastes and performs like the milk-based originals. Even those with lactose or dairy sensitivities have a love-hate relationship with the current options of faux cheese, usually made with nut and seed milks. New Culture’s…Read More…

Pizza Quest, with Guests Jillana Miller and Ahmad Butler, aka Miller-Butler

Welcome Back to Pizza Quest! This week’s episode features Jillana Miller and Ahmad Butler who, together, are Miller-Butler, a sizzling-hot mobile pizza and catering company, based in San Pedro, California.  Ahmad competed against me and 10 other finalists at the Real California Pizza Contest in Napa back in August, where we met and became friends. That’s where I first learned how Miller-Butler took on the competitive Los Angeles marketplace, survived…Read More…

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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.

Peter’s Books

American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

...and other books by Peter Reinhart, available on Amazon.com