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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…

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…

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…

Pizza Talk, Season One has ended and we’re going on a short hiatus

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 Pizza Talk

Hi Everybody, Wow, I can’t believe how many amazing people I got to spend time with over Zoom these past few months, and how much I learned! Pizza Talk was a spur of the moment idea, inspired by the pandemic and it’s disruption in our sense of community. We just wanted to contribute to keeping us all connected during this crazy time in history and the conversations I had with…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week # 24: Sam’s in Brooklyn — a Classic!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 21 November 2020 Pizza Talk

This week, Scott brings us one from his own backyard, a box from Sam’s Pizza in Brooklyn that is so full of cliched images that it has become the reference point for all pizza box art cliches and, yet, strangely, it works. This box even became a template for the cover of a new book about pizza by Thom and James Elliot called, Pizza: A Book by Pizza Pilgrims (Note:…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Will Grant and Sourdough Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 19 November 2020 Pizza Talk

Will¬† Grant burst on the culinary scene about 4 years ago when he started winning competitions with pizzas made on his 100% sourdough crust, whose starter was cultivated at his pizzeria, That’s a’ Some Pizza, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The starter is a family legacy and Will is one of several pizza influencers, such as Anthony Mangieri, Dan Richer, Anthony Falco, and others whom we’ve featured here on Pizza Talk,…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Apollonia Poilane, Keeping Tradition Alive for the Future

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 Pizza Talk

Pizza Quest and Pizza Talk have always been about more than pizza. On our home page we write about, “Celebrating artisanship wherever we find it,” because artisans are our real community of kindred spirits, of which pizza is but one spoke (albeit, a very large spoke!). But another big spoke is, of course, the bread baking community and, in that branch of our family there is one name that towers…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #23: When Brooklyn is in Canada

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 14 November 2020 Pizza Talk | Uncategorized

This week Scott Wiener takes us, via his pizza box collection, to two north of the border pizzerias that both evoke Brooklyn, NY as their ethos and as part of their brand names. So what is it about Brooklyn pizza that gives it its iconic status as a cultural reference point? It seems, as you will see, that a pizza box truly can open the door to deep (or not…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Anthony Mangieri, Una Pizza Napoletana with the “Chopin of Pizza”

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 12 November 2020 Pizza Talk

A few years ago we featured a series of webisodes on Pizza with Anthony Mangieri, the legendary pizzaiolo and founder of Una Pizza Napoletana (UPN for short) when it was located in San Francisco. You can revisit those videos by starting here, where I dubbed him “the Chopin of pizza.” (You’ll have to watch the video to know why I call him that.) Anthony is a no-compromise kind of…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Sandor Katz, the Yoda of Fermentation

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 Pizza Talk

Sandor Katz, aka Sandorkraut, is the most popular go-to guy in the world when it comes to all things fermentation, whether applied to dough, beer, wine, spirit beverages, kombucha, and, especially, pickles and sauerkraut. His book, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World, is the “bible” of the fermento universe. Sandor’s work began as a study to determine the extent to…Read More…

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