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Pizza Talk: Nicole Russell, The Last Dragon’s Amazing Pizza Adventure!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 06 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Nicole Russell made the ultimate pivot, opening an at home pizza pick up business in Queens, NY, that launched her into the adventure of a lifetime. Hear all about how her inventive pizzas put her on the radar of some of the big players and earned herself a trip to Italy to play with the big boys. You’ll also learn why she calls her pizzeria The Last Dragon, and  how…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #17: Basil’s Pizza Box Art Contest Winner

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 03 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott has brought us a unique box this week, designed by a sixth grader  about 8 years ago (which means she must be in college by now!!). It comes from Basil’s Pizza and Deli in Wilmington Island (Savannah), Georgia, and is cute to the max, as you will see when you watch! I’m going to call them and find out if there are any updates on the young artist and,…Read More…

Pizza Talk: The Kings of Detroit-Style Pizza, Part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 01 October 2020 Pizza Talk

I think of Shawn Randazzo and Jeff Smokevich as the Harvard and Yale of Detroit-style pizza (which is a geographically ridiculous analogy — perhaps the Lincoln and the Cadillac of Detroit-style pizza?).  You’ll learn why they are the kings of this court over the next few days, as this week we are dedicating all the slots to a series of master classes on Detroit-style pizza by the guys who helped…Read More…

Pizza Talk: The Kings of Detroit-Style Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 Pizza Talk

I think of Shawn Randazzo and Jeff Smokevich as the Harvard and Yale of Detroit-style pizza (which is a geographically ridiculous analogy — perhaps the Lincoln and the Cadillac of Detroit-style pizza?).  You’ll learn why they are the kings of this court over the next few days, as this week we are dedicating all the slots to a series of master classes on Detroit-style pizza by the guys who helped…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #16: The Moped Motorino Box from France

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 26 September 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott is back with another very cool, colorful box, this time from Paris, France. As you will see, it captures the essence of pizza delivery in a bustling city, in a simple yet elegantly designed box. As always, these boxes open our eyes and minds to an important part of popular culture, and Scott is the perfect guide to help us navigate through this contemporary art form. PS Don’t forget…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Philip Korshak — From Pizza Quest to Bagel Quest

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 24 September 2020 Pizza Talk

Phil Korshak is one of my favorite people.  I interviewed him a few years ago on Pizza Quest and it was one of the most enjoyable interviews I ever did. Here’s a link to it if you want to check it out and be thoroughly entertained.  But that was then and this is now and Phil has moved on, from Austin, TX, where he ran the legendary Home Slice Pizza,…Read More…

Pizza Talk: The Yodi’s are Back with Dueling Calzones

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 Pizza Talk

John Arena and Brian Spangler, our Pizza Yodi’s, both passionately love calzones, so they decided to have a little throw down in this episode and show us two distinct ways to make a traditional calzone: baked and deep fried. As always with the Yodi’s, this episode is like a Master Class in technique, history, and context (did you know that the word refers to a pair of baggy pants? I…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #15: The Ventit Box — and How to Re-Heat a Pizza

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 19 September 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott has done it again, this week bringing us a box that clearly took a lot of thought to create: The Ventit Box. It has a unique series of slats and vents that allow steam to escape without cooling down the pizza and, well, it will be interesting to see if it is affordable enough to get traction in this ever-growing pizza-to-go world. This box led us into an ever-green…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Noel Brohner, The Impresario of Slow Rise

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 17 September 2020 Pizza Talk

When the Covid pandemic first struck big time, one of the first casualties was the much beloved, annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Just days before it was set to begin in late March, the organizers had to reluctantly pull the plug (as we heard from the executive director of the Expo, Pete Lachapelle, on an earlier episode of Pizza Talk). In response, pizza consultant and entertainment events producer…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Justin DeLeon, King of the Crown Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 Pizza Talk | Uncategorized

Justin DeLeon is the king of the Crown Pizza! He owns Apollonia’s Pizza in  the heart of downtown Los Angeles and I found out about him from none other than Nancy Silverton, who you may recall talked him up in her Pizza Talk interview earlier this year. A former (and current) professional photographer, Justin brings together his love of art and composition with his passion for pizza, and creates some…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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