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New Webisode, John Arena and His Pompeii Pizza

Hi Everyone, We’re back with another session featuring the great John Arena. In this segment, John gives us more common sense pizza philosophy and tips on wood vs. metal peels, as well as showing us how to make a simple tribute pizza to ancient Pompeii, destroyed (and preserved in volcanic ash) by the Mt. Vesuvius eruption about 2,000 years ago. As always, John always teaches us something we didn’t already…Read More…

New Webisode: John Arena at The Forno Bravo Expo

This webisode is part of our ongoing series from the 2015 Forno Bravo Oven Expo, at Talbott Vineyards in Salinas, California. For three glorious, sunny days we had the opportunity to meet and cook with passionate, fellow “fire-freaks,” and work side-by-side with talented chefs, oven owners, growers, cheese and wine makers, and famous pizzaiolos like John Arena. John, as many of you already know, is a regular Guest Columnist here…Read More…

Webisode: An Oldie-but-Goodie — LaBrea Bakery

Hi Everyone, While you are reading this I will be in Napa, CA, attending the Puratos Bread Symposium: Taste Beyond Imagination (where I will be delivering a presentation called, “The Next Big Thing in Bread”).  When I return I will post more about this symposium, as well as the upcoming Northeast Pizza and Pasta Show in Atlantic City, where I head to next.  So, since the Puratos symposium is all…Read More…

Webisode: John Arena, Up Close and Personal, Part One

Hi Everyone, This is a wonderful one-on-one with John Arena, the beloved “pizza guy” from Metro Pizza in Las Vegas, and a regular contributor here on Pizza Quest.  I’m going to let John do all the talking here, as his sincere and thoughtful description of the life of a pizza maker says it all. We have more webisodes with him coming up, so enjoy this opening segment. I’m sure you’ll…Read More…

Webisode: Pizza and Wine, Together at Last

This week we have a short “appetizer” of a webisode for you, featuring two guys who have already been featured in their own segments: pizzaiolo Vito Romani, of Pizzeria Stella, and master wine maker Dan Karlsen, of Talbott Vineyards. If you are new here on Pizza Quest you might want to go into our Webisode archive (see the button at the top of the home page) and check out the…Read More…

New Webisode: Dan Karlsen on Pairing Chardonnay with Food

Here we are, one final time, with master wine maker Dan Karlsen, of Talbott Vineyards, as we complete our impromptu crash course webisode series on wine appreciation. If you haven’t watched the previous segments with Dan, please go check them all out in the Webisode section. Whether you are already a serious wine expert or a novice, I guarantee that the info provided in this series by Dan will allow…Read More…

New Webisode: Pinot Noir Master Class, part 2

We’re back with another installment of our master wine class with wine maker extraordinaire, Dan Karlsen of Talbott Vineyards. If you haven’t been following along scroll down the home page or head over to the Webisodes section and watch the previous segments in which we get to meet Dan and talk about food and wine pairing (and lots of tasting, of course).  I have to say, in these simple, fun…Read More…

New Webisode: Pinot Noir Master Class, Part One

We’re back with Dan Karlsen, master wine maker at Talbott Vineyards. In the previous webisode Dan introduced us to Talbott’s wines, estate grown and pressed in the Monterey coastal region of Salinas. But, in this segment he takes us deeper into understanding one of California’s (and Oregon’s) trickiest wines, Pinot Noir. He uses every analogical trick in the book to help us comprehend the subtleties, whether basil on a pizza,…Read More…

New Webisode: Time for Wine

Hi Everyone, In this next series of webisodes we’re going to spend time with legendary winemaker, Dan Karlsen, of Talbott Vineyards. For those who are just now joining us, the most recent segments and all those to follow were filmed at Talbott during the Forno Bravo Wood-Fired Oven Expo. We filmed for three days, capturing cooking demonstrations, one on one interviews, and interaction with hundreds of attendees who shared a…Read More…

Prosciutto Pizza with Fresh Arugula Webisode, Vito Romani, Part 2: The Forno Bravo Expo

When we last watched Vito Romani, owner of Stella’s Pizza Pie, he made us his version of a Hawaiian pizza and it was pretty awesome. This time around he shows us his take on a prosciutto pizza with fresh arugula. As you will see, I was blown away by the flavor and aromatics of Vito’s infused garlic oil, which he used on both the pizza and as part of the…Read More…

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