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Pizza Box of the Week, with Scott Wiener, #6

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 11 July 2020 Pizza Talk

This week Scott shares with us the story of the first box from his Guinness World Records collection and, wouldn’t you know it, it’s from, yes, Pizza Hut — from their Rocketeer promotion back in the early 1990’s. I’ll let Scott fill in the rest of the story as he continues his weekly unveiling on Pizza Box of the Week. Take it away Scott!

Pizza Talk: Chris Bianco and Rob Dinapoli, Together!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 09 July 2020 Pizza Talk

We’ve had both Chris Bianco and Rob Dinapoli on Pizza Talk individually, hearing from each how they came together to collaborate on their game-changing Bianco-DiNapoli Tomatoes.  This time around we get to hear the whole story from them together and, of course, much much more, including an update on the These Hands movement. This pandemic crisis has hit everyone hard and, at the time of this interview, the city of Phoenix,…Read More…

Pizza Talk: The Legendary Paulie Gee

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 Pizza Talk

Everybody loves Paulie Gee (aka Paul Giannone), the Brooklyn-based pizza entrepreneur and now padrone of a multi-unit pizza empire. There are so many reasons to love Paulie, including his back story as an unfulfilled businessman who found his path and his passion late in life, to his influence on the up and coming generation of pizza operators who view his ethos as a model and template worth following, and, of…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week with Scott Wiener, #5

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 04 July 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott Wiener is back, this time with a Schiacciata box from Sicily (oh, what a life he leads, tracking and eating pizzas around the world and then bringing back boxes to add to his collection, which now numbers more than 1,500)! Also, don’t forget to check out Scott’s non profit website, which is used to feed people, and especially now via his Pizza vs Pandemic initiative, to get free…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Kelly Whitaker, James Beard Award Chef Finalist and Pizzaiolo Extraordinaire

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 02 July 2020 Pizza Talk

When Kelly Whitaker first appeared on Pizza Quest many years ago in a number of fabulous webisodes, we predicted.a James Beard Award in his future. Well, the time is drawing nigh, as Kelly is now a finalist for this year’s Beard Awards, which will be announced in September. Hear all about it, also about his proprietary pizza flour blend and relationships with local growers and millers, and all that has…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Sourdough Pizza with Dan and the Yodi’s’s, Part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 Pizza Talk

Now that Dan Richer has joined the Yodi discussion with John Arena and Brian Spangler it was inevitable that we’d see one of his doughs in action. This time around he makes a pizza in his home kitchen using his signature method of sourdough starter with a small spike of commercial yeast. In future episodes we’ll be meeting with other great pizza makers who have moved into the sourdough sector but, at this…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #4: Hey, Who is that Dawg?

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 27 June 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott Wiener joins us again, as he does every week, with another Pizza Box of the Week from his Guinness Book of Records collection. Your clue for this week is contained in the title, so I won’t say anymore but,  let’s have Scott take it from here to tell you the whole story!  

Pizza Talk: Sourdough Pizza: The Yodi’s Meet with Dan Richer

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 25 June 2020 Pizza Talk

Sourdough Pizza is a major trend in the pizza world these days. In this episode, John Arena and Brian Spangler, our resident Pizza Yodi’s, invite Dan Richer, our newest Yoda, to further explore the category, as well as sharing their own techniques. Brian will show us how he makes his classic version, and later we’ll see how the others do it. You’ll be amazed at how much you will learn…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Sourdough Pizza with Dan Richer and Razza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 Pizza Talk

Razza Pizza Artigianale has become known as one of the finest, most inventive and in demand pizzerias in the world. It’s founder, Dan Richer, is on a never-ending journey of self-discovery — in both pizza and in life — which makes him the ideal candidate for a Pizza Talk interview. Dan is among a growing cohort of influencers (think Anthony Mangieri, Will Lawrence-Grant, Derek Sanchez, among them) in the movement…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week with Scott Wiener, #3

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 20 June 2020 Pizza Talk

What would happen if McDonald’s decided to get into the pizza business? While your mind goes berserk and the late great pizza masters turn over in their graves, enjoy the box that Scott brings us this week on his popular Pizza Box of the Week segment. Take it away, Scott!

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