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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…

Guest Column: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Joseph Calcagno

Note from Peter: Thank you to our friend and regular guest columnist, Joseph Calcagno, for this holiday reflection, as he looks back over a year filled with a number of indelible pizza memories. This man takes the quest seriously, as I’m sure many of you do as well. Please let me know if you, like Joseph, would like to share some of your pizza adventures here. The more the merrier!…Read More…

Exciting News About Pizza Quest

Written By Peter Reinhart
Monday, 19 November 2018 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, I’ve been teasing this for months but, at long last, a seven episode season of Pizza Quest has now launched on the new BluPrint network. BluPrint is a spin off of Craftsy.com, the leading digital site for instructional courses on nearly every imaginable subject, and now, Craftsy has been acquired by NBC/Universal, and they then created a new subscription network that allows subscribers access to all the Craftsy…Read More…

New Webisode: Brigit Binns, Wood-Fire Cooking Part 3

We’re back with Part 3 of our wood-fired mini-class with the talented Brigit Binns, and her equally talented “Cinder-Fella,” husband Casey Biggs. Here, at the Forno Bravo Wood-fired Expo,  held at the beautiful Talbott Vineyards in Carmel Valley, CA,  they demonstrate their own colorful version of a Mediterranean-inspired chorizo-fennel pizza. Brigit always has lots of cooking tips for us, and Casey has figured out a few things, too, regarding how…Read More…

Planning Your Pizza Exit Strategy

Michael Shepherd
Written By Michael Shepherd
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 Guest Columns

Note from Peter: I ran into “World Pizza Champion” Michael Shepherd last week in Atlantic City at the Northeast Pizza & Pasta Show, where he was offering presentations to pizzeria owners on how to run a more successful, profitable operation. He told me he’d been working on a concise summary of his best tips for creating an exit strategy, and offered to share them here on Pizza Quest. As always,…Read More…

Guest Column: Anthony Saporito’s Quest

Anthony Saporito
Written By Anthony Saporito
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 Guest Columns

Note from Peter: We always say here that it’s more about the quest than it is about the pizza, but Anthony Saporito, the co-founder of Urban Fire in Madison, NJ, has vividly brought those two aspects together, as he describes his own journey in the following guest column. He and I plan to meet up in Atlantic City next week at the Northeast Pizza & Pasta Show (Oct. 3rd and…Read More…

New Webisode; Brigit Binns, Wood-Fire Cooking Part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 01 September 2018 Pizza Quest Webisodes

We’re back with Part Two of our wood-fired cooking session with Brigit Binns and her husband, Casey Biggs (aka “The Cinderfella”). If you recall, in Part One Brigit teased us with her inventive wood-fired chicken thighs, baked with Greek olives, capers, chorizo, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes (click here if you missed Part One).  As we finally get to taste the crispy skin and super tender and savory chicken and sauce…Read More…

Guest Column: New Haven Pizza in the Summer

Joseph Calcagno
Written By Joseph Calcagno
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 Guest Columns

Note from Peter:  Here’s a sweet vignette from contributing columnist Joseph Calcagno, inspired by his first visit to New Haven’s legendary pizzerias. He wrote it at the beginning of summer and, now, here we are already approaching autumn, but I think it is a timely reflection on how time and place can leave indelible memories. Enjoy!   New Haven, Summer of ’18,    by Joseph Calcagno The summer wind, came blowin’…Read More…

Interview with Jonathan Goldsmith

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 Interviews

Note from Peter: Jonathan Goldsmith, is the founder/owner (aka Padrone), along with his wife, artist Ginny Sykes, of Chicago’s most well-known and honored Neapolitan pizzeria, Spacca Napoli. Many of you have been fortunate enough to have eaten there, or have met Jonathan at various pizza events such as the Northeast Pizza & Pasta Show, Pizza Expo, and other gatherings. Many of you have also sought him out for advice and…Read More…

New Cook Book Service About to Launch

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, For those of you who love cook books, especially older, hard to find classics, here’s a link to a podcast about a new site about to launch called CKBK. The founder, Matthew Cockerill, talks about it on more detail here . There’s also a Kickstarter link for those who want to get in on the ground floor of CKBK here.    Even if you don’t want to kick…Read More…

New Webisode: Brigit Binns, Cooking with Fire, Part 1

This is the first of a series of webisodes featuring cooking teacher Brigit Binns, of Refugio in Paso Robles, California who, with her husband Casey, has created a fabulous retreat and conference center in the Central Coast Wine Country. Brigit is also a featured chef for Forno Bravo, who hosted this Wood-Fired Oven Expo in Salinas, CA, where I got to cook with Brigit and Casey and learn some of…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