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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, Season Two, Episode 4: The Pizza Pilgrims — Living the Dream!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 27 July 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome back to Pizza Talk! In the fall of 2020 I had the joy of meeting with London-based Thom Elliot over Zoom. Thom is one of the two self-named Pizza Pilgrims, the other being his brother James (who also dropped in for a brief cameo). Their recently released book, Pizza: History, Recipes, Stories, People, Places, Love is their chronicle of a global journey in search of great pizza and how to make…Read More…

My Spicy Hawaiian

Written By Brad English
Thursday, 22 July 2021 Brad's Corner

It was a beautiful day and I had some dough resting in my fridge.  What more could anyone want?  I could feel my wood fired oven calling out to me as I left the beach. I stopped by my market on the way home and the first thing that caught my eye were the pineapples.  They were perfectly ripe, not too soft, not too hard and I thought immediately of…Read More…

Pizza Talk, Season Two, Episode 3: Peels on Wheels

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 15 July 2021 Pizza Talk

Welcome back for another fascinating segment of Pizza Talk. This time around we tracked down one of the most unique operations in the country, not because it is a mobile pizzeria but because of how the owner, Luis Perez, makes it happen using 4 single unit RoccBox ovens mounted into a 3-wheeled Piaggio Ape van in Rochester, NY.  It basically looks like a rocket ship — I love it!! I won’t…Read More…

Pizza Talk Season Two, Episode 2: The Bar/Tavern/Parlor Pizza Renaissance

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 06 July 2021 Pizza Talk

We’re back with another exciting episode, one that we’ve been holding onto for a number of months while gearing up for Season Two, featuring our beloved “Pizza “Yodi’s” (Brian Spangler and John Arena), joined by a major “Yoda” in his own right, Adam Kuban. Adam is not only an important long time voice and influencer in the pizza world (think Slice, and also Serious Eats, where he was THE voice) but…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Nina Mae Levin, the Founder of Stoney Hill Pizza on Martha’s Vineyard

Written By Peter Reinhart
Friday, 25 June 2021 Pizza Talk

Hi Everybody, Welcome back to Season Two of Pizza Talk!! We took a longer than expected break due to a crazy busy schedule and the reopening of commerce, so we’re going to kick off this new season with some episodes that were recorded in the fall of 2020, when things weren’t looking as hopeful as they do now, so you will hear references to pivoting and resilience, but these conversations…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #26: From Mona Lisa to George Clooney

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 19 December 2020 Pizza Talk

This week’s episode features a whole new level of pizza box art, as you will see. I don’t want to say too much here, as it will ruin the surprise, but here are some clues and new words to add to your pizza lexicon: Calda Pizza; the “Walker-Lock” design; George Clooney, and Lake Como.  Put them all together, as Scott Wiener will do for your here, and you are in…Read More…

Another Rest in Peace: Tom Lehmann, “The Dough Doctor”

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 17 December 2020 Peter's Blog

This has been a brutal year for so many of us and, with great sadness, we say farewell to the beloved “Dough Doctor,” Tom Lehmann, who succumbed to Covid last week. I had the privilege to sit on a few dough panels with Tom, who knew more about dough science than all of us combined, and who took such pleasure in sharing his knowledge with the world. He is the…Read More…

No Pizza Box of the Week this week

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 12 December 2020 Pizza Talk

Due to the crazy holiday push we will not be posting a Pizza Box the Week with Scott Wiener this week. However, please rejoin us next Saturday, Dec. 19, for another post, featuring the famous George Clooney box from Scott’s collection. I will say no more — you will need to return next week to see it for yourself. Till then, have a great week! NOTE: New episodes of Pizza…Read More…

Rest in Peace, Shawn Randazzo

Written By Peter Reinhart
Monday, 07 December 2020 Peter's Blog

It is with great sadness that I report on the passing of Shawn Randazzo, who we interviewed here on Pizza Talk just a few months ago. Shawn, as we discussed during the interview, was in treatment for glioblastoma brain cancer and had high hopes for a full recovery, but it was not to be. Our hearts are broken for him and for his family, wife Kerri,, and their four children….Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #25: The Winterland Holiday Box

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 05 December 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott Wiener has often discussed pizza boxes not just in terms of functionality but also as works of art, and in this segment he brings such a box. As you will see, it is special edition box designed specifically for use during the holiday season conveys, in its own way, a sense of peace and tranquility. Since we can all use more of that, this is the ideal episode for…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.

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