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Pizza Box of the Week with Scott Wiener #10: The Great “Spatula Box!”

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 08 August 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott is back with his latest Box of the Week, one with a built in slice lifter/spatula that allows you to remove your slices without ever having to touch them! And you’re seeing it here — a prototype — before it even hits the market (but what better time for it than now, right?). Plus, hang in there for a bonus box — yes, this week you get a twofer…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Nicky Giusto, Our First Flour Miller Yoda

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 06 August 2020 Pizza Talk

Central Milling has, in a short time for a modest size operation, become a major player in the land of milling giants. Under the leadership of founder Keith Giusto and his nephew, Nicky Giusto, Central Milling is now an important go-to company because it continually anticipates and meets the needs of the artisan and craft baking community. Nicky is also an international baking champion, representing the United States as captain…Read More…

Pizza Talk: John Gutekanst, The Pizza Goon Renaissance Man!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 04 August 2020 Pizza Talk

The Pizza Goon lives! John Gutekanst, owner of Avalanche Pizza in Athens, Ohio, and whose blog, The Pizza Goon is only one of his alter ego’s, is, to my mind, one of the true Renaissance men of the pizza and culinary community. In this lively conversation and demo, John takes us deep into his creative process, shares some recipes and culinary history,  as well giving us a glimpse of his…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week with Scott Wiener, #9: Square Pie Box

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 01 August 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott is back with a new box, just added to his collection, from the Square Pie Guys in San Francisco. This week, it’s all about two things: square pies and corrugation. Give Scott just 2 1/2 minutes of your time and you’ll learn about them both, right here on Pizza Box of the Week with Scott Wiener, on Pizza Talk.

Pizza Talk: Andris Lagsdin and The Baking Steel

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 30 July 2020 Pizza Talk

The Baking Steel has been a game changer in the pizza world and beyond ever since it arrived. It was “invented” by Andris Lagsdin and, in just a few short years, has gone from little known obscurity — a kind of private in-the-know kind of club — to now arriving at a status, just before fully tipping over, known as, “I just heard about this thing and I think I…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage; The Journey from Bagels to Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 Pizza Talk

Audrey Jane Kelly is one of the fastest rising stars in the pizza universe. Her pizzeria in Boulder, CO, which started as a small slice shop, now includes a number of other styles, including her signature Grandma-style tribute pizza, The Patty. In this episode, Audrey takes us on her journey, beginning as a kid in a family-owned bagel business all the way to becoming a member of the World Pizza…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week with Scott Wiener #8: The Forever Reusable Box

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 25 July 2020 Pizza Talk

What if you could keep using your pizza box over and over again? Wouldn’t that make you feel good about your contribution to the landfill problem? Might it make you want to buy more pizzas? And, what if your box could be engineered to actually keep your pizza hot and crispy till it gets to your table. Yes, these and other mysteries of the universe explored in this episode of…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Steve and Linda Green of PMQ on Keeping Up with the Big Guys

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 23 July 2020 Pizza Talk

PMQ (Pizza Marketing Quarterly) is one of the “bibles” of the industry, informative and influential. The founders and publishers are Steve and Linda Green, based in Oxford, MS.  PMQ, which is not only a magazine but also a newsletter and information consolidator, exists for the purpose of helping the thousands of independent operators compete with the major pizza chains.  In this engaging conversation, Steve and Linda tell their whole story…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Albert Grande, the Pizza Therapist

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 22 July 2020 Pizza Talk

PizzaTherapy.com is one of the most beloved pizza sites on the web. It was founded by Albert Grande, a Hawaiian transplant from the East Coast who just really missed his pizza and, as the saying goes, the rest is history, including Albert’s work on Oahu with children who have learning challenges (pizza therapy at its finest!). Over the years he has interviewed many of the pizza greats on his site…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Peter Lachapelle and The Pizza Expo

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 Pizza Talk

Pizza Expo comes up a lot on Pizza Talk interviews, especially because the unthinkable happened and, this year, it got canceled. For over 30 years Expo has been the largest gathering of pizza professionals, enthusiasts, and all around pizza freaks in the world, and has been featured on many television shows and is an indispensable event for independent operators to secure contracts, ingredients, equipment, and (importantly) new ideas. I think…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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