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New Webisode: Tricycle Pizza in Monterey, California

Danica Alvarado is a bright light. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Forno Bravo Expo in Salinas, California, where hundreds of fellow fire-freaks gathered for a few days of food, wine, music, and wood-fire fun in the sun. Danica told me that, as a teenager, she was inspired by watching Nancy Silverton shape beautiful pizzas right here during our first season of Pizza Quest, so she spent…Read More…

New Webisode: John Arena and Peter, Deconstructed Pizza Pt 2

Hi Everyone, Once again, here is John Arena, the legendary pizzaiolo from Las Vegas, Nevada, mentoring us all in the craft and history of pizza, with a little help from me, as we make a pizza in reverse, so to speak. You’ll see what I mean when you watch and, who knows, it may give you some ideas to play with on your own. Note: I just returned from the…Read More…

Webisode Flashback: Nancy Silverton

Since I am about to moderate a panel discussion with Nancy Silverton and Brian Spangler at the 2018 Pizza Expo (and expect to see many of you there on March 21st at 9:45), I wanted to bring back this terrific video interview we did with Nancy a few years ago as a way to prime the pump. Between this webisode and the interview I posted a few days ago with…Read More…

New Webisode: John Arena and Peter, Deconstructed Pizza Pt 1

This was one of the most fun parts of the Forno Bravo Expo for me, because I got to jam with the great John Arena, who you’ve been watching in the previous webisodes. We created some fun topping here, for use in the next webisode (Part 2) when we’ll fire bake the doughs and then top them after they come out of the oven (or just tear them up and…Read More…

New Webisode: John Arena on Dom De Marco

Hi Everyone, Here’s a great holiday treat for you: John Arena, who we’ve featured in the previous few webisodes, describes to the folks who gathered at the Forno Bravo Expo how the iconic pizzaiolo, Domenico (Dom) De Marco, founder, owner, and pretty much the only pizza maker for the past 60 years at Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn, makes his legendary pizzas. Talk about the roots of “Slow Food!” You’ll see…Read More…

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…

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