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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 Talk: Scott Wiener, Our Man on the Streets, Part 1

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 04 June 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott Wiener is probably the most connected person I know in the pizza community. He describes himself as a “serious pizza enthusiast,” but he is so much more. We’ve interviewed Scott here on Pizza Quest so, if you are among the few who don’t know who he is, use the search engine on our home page and put in his name. You will not only be led to the earlier…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Leo Spizzirri, Part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 02 June 2020 Pizza Talk

We first introduced you to Leo Spizzirri back in 2017 after I saw him in action at the International Pizza Expo, where he was a whirlwind of action. Alternating between three different booths located all across the immense convention center, Leo performed a non stop series of demo’s making pizzas, flat breads, showing the potential of wood-fired ovens for more than just pizza, and dispensing golden nuggets of baking wisdom…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Leo Spizzirri, Part 1: No Longer “The Greatest Guy You Never Knew”

Written By Peter Reinhart
Monday, 01 June 2020 Pizza Talk

We first introduced you to Leo Spizzirri back in 2017 after I saw him in action at the International Pizza Expo, where he was a whirlwind of action. Alternating between three different booths located all across the immense convention center, Leo performed a non stop series of demo’s making pizzas, flat breads, showing the potential of wood-fired ovens for more than just pizza, and dispensing golden nuggets of baking wisdom…Read More…

Brad’s Red Hawk Triple Cream Pie

Written By Brad English
Saturday, 30 May 2020 Brad's Corner

I think I stumbled onto something here. I was out market foraging one day recently and a little round of cheese caught my eye. It was a Cowgirl Creamery Triple Cream called Red Hawk. I was looking to make some pizza and I thought maybe I could play around with this, or worst case play around with it over some crackers! When I got home I tasted it. Yeah, it…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Nancy Silverton, Part 2

The very first stop in our Pizza Quest filming expedition ten years ago was at Pizzeria Mozza, Nancy Silverton’s groundbreaking restaurant in Los Angeles, where a pizza themed menu was elevated to destination fine dining. The pizzas there were — and still are — both creative and exquisite, raising the bar (and now much copied) for what a pizza could be. Nancy is a visionary, whether as the founder of…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Nancy Silverton, Part 1

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 28 May 2020 Pizza Talk

The very first stop in our Pizza Quest filming expedition ten years ago was at Pizzeria Mozza, Nancy Silverton’s groundbreaking restaurant in Los Angeles, where a pizza themed menu was elevated to destination fine dining, with lines put the door. The pizzas there were — and still are — both creative and exquisite, raising the bar (and now much copied) for what a pizza could fully be. Nancy is a…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Tony Gemignani, Part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 Pizza Talk

Tony Gemignani is a rock star in the pizza universe and has done so much to help elevate the quality of pizza throughout the world. I call him “The Mozart of Pizza” because he is so proficient — a master, actually — in every style. In this two part interview, he shares with us his story, drive, vision, and competitive spirit. It’s been ten years since we filmed with him,…Read More…

Pizza Talk, Tony Gemignani, Part 1

Tony Gemignani is a rock star in the pizza universe and has done so much to help elevate the quality of pizza throughout the world. I call him “The Mozart of Pizza” because he is so proficient — a master, actually — in every style. In this two part interview, he shares with us his story, drive, vision, and competitive spirit. It’s been ten years since we filmed with him,…Read More…

Pizza Talk, Episode 3: Tinkering with Your Dough, part 3

Welcome back to Pizza Talk. In this final part of our conversation with the Pizza Yodi’s, Brian Spangler and John Arena, we wrap things up and also hear how they have managed to keep their restaurants profitable, their staff working, and pivot their business plans during this age of Covid. John and Brian will return in future episodes as part of our Pizza Yodi’s series, but upcoming episodes will feature…Read More…

Pizza Talk Episode 2: Tinkering with Your Dough, part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 21 May 2020 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk. In this second of three parts, our Pizza Yodi’s, John Arena and Brian Spangler, continue describing how they have tweaked and tinkered with their dough over the years in the ongoing quest for their version of the pizza pizza. As they reveal, the learning never ends….

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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