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Guest Column: Attack of the 9-Ton Pizza

Written By John Arena
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 Guest Columns

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”- Henry V Over a year ago I was asked to join a group of elite pizza makers in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the longest pizza in the world. The existing mark was set at 6,082 ft. My first thought was “How hard could it be?” After all, I’ve been making pizza for nearly 50 years and…Read More…

Brad’s Corner: Fresh Pesto and Shrimp Pizza

Written By Brad English
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 Brad's Corner

I felt like pesto.  Good pesto.  Fresh pesto! So, I looked around for some recipes that felt right and set about coming up with a few pizza ideas using some fresh pesto. It’s really quite simple and like anything, you can add and subtract and come up with your own version quite easily, which is really what cooking and enjoying food is all about — at least for me. I want…Read More…

Brad’s South Bay Sausage Pizza with Clams

I was in the mood for a sausage pizza with milky fresh mozzarella. It would be too easy to just fire up the sausage in the oven and plop it down on the pizza and call it a day. This is Pizza Quest after all! I wanted to do something different – not just a pizza with sausage but a really good pizza that was about sausage. As you hopefully have seen on…Read More…

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza? Why not!

Written By Brad English
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 Brad's Corner

This pizza has been formulating in my mind for some time. It finally had it’s chance to become a reality this past weekend. It was raining. It was raining as long and consistently as I can remember here in Los Angeles.  We knew the rain was coming and looked forward to a day off to just hang out, watch some football and make something to eat that served the purpose…Read More…

Interview with Phil Korshak of Home Slice Pizza

Hi Everyone,     As noted in my post of January 19th, I got to spend some time with Phillip Korshak in Austin, Texas at his pizzeria Home Slice, where they make about three thousand pizzas and slices a day to an unending line of both sit-down and take-out customers. The place was hopping and I imagine it always is.  It was our first time meeting face to face and…Read More…

Interview with Albert Grande of PizzaTherapy.com

 Note from Peter: I met Albert Grande a number of years ago when he wrote to me about his website, pizzatherapy.com, which I immediately loved, and we’ve been corresponding ever since. I think of “Pizza Therapy” as an ongoing love letter to all of us, from an east coast guy transplanted to Hawaii, about the pizza memories of his youth. But, of course, it has become much more than that over the…Read More…

Topping Your Pizza Like a Pro

Written By John Arena
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 Guest Columns

Last month we explored the basics of extending dough, but of course that is only part of the process. Once the dough has been properly shaped you have some choices to make. Most amateur pizza makers dedicate a great deal of thought to what they are going to put on their pizza and that is certainly important (we will cover topping selection in an upcoming installment). Right now let’s focus…Read More…

Finnochiona Salumi Pizza

Written By Brad English
Monday, 05 September 2016 Brad's Corner

Sweet.  Tangy vinegar.  Red Wine.  Pepper (big pepper!).  Sweet salt (sweet sweet salt!).  Fennel. What am I talking about?  I am writing this while savoring a Finnochiona Salami from Salumi Artisan Cured Meats in Seattle.  I mean this: it is performing a circus act with my taste buds!  To my palate this salumi reveals a balanced explosion of sweetness that starts with a juicy red wine richness and then reveals a sweet vinegar taste,…Read More…

Interview with Scott Wiener, of Scott’s Pizza Tours

 Note from Peter:  Scott Wiener is a regular guest columnist here on Pizza Quest but, if you haven’t been on one of his legendary New York City pizza tours, you might not know much about him or about his impressive collection of pizza boxes from around the world. So, here’s a closer look from my recent conversation with Scott.  There are some links at the end if you want to…Read More…

Judging The World Pizza Cup, Part Two

 No matter how much you love pizza, there will always be a point in which you’ve had enough. It happened to me on the second day of the Pizza World Championship in Parma, Italy. I had already tasted over forty pizzas and the line between mozzarella and provolone was beginning to blur. I had to tap out. One of the on-deck judges filled my place and I took a much-needed…Read More…

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