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Pizza Quest: Author Ron Costello on The Hill (Where Both He and Peter Grew Up)

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! I haven’t seen Ronnie Costello in 53 years, since he was the catcher on our high school baseball team, and 60 years since we attended Belmont Hills Elementary School as kids. We lived on different sides of Mary Watersford Road, the street that, like the Maginot Line, separated the mostly Irish and Italian kids of “The Hill,” from the mostly Jewish kids of Penn Valley….Read More…

Pizza Quest: Bill Crawford, Winner of the Real California Pizza Contest

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! In this episode, Bill Crawford, former Air Force jet fighter pilot and now owner of Righteous Slice in Wexford, Idaho, shows us all about his Grand Prize winning El Pollo Barracho Pizza (aka “Drunken Chicken” pizza,  with tequila marinated chicken) from the 2024 Real California Pizza Contest, sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board. Peter competed in this contest too (and didn’t win), working directly…Read More…

Pizza Quest: Bagels with the Yodi’s

Welcome back to Pizza Quest.  Yes, the Yodi’s are back! John Arena and Brian Spangler, our two original pizza gurus, who helped launch these Pizza Talk/Pizza Quest shows during the pandemic, are joined by the global bagel poet laureate of our time, Philip Korshak, for a delightful conversation of show-and-tell as we celebrate the emerging bagel renaissance across the land. More and more pizza operators are getting into bagels, as…Read More…

Pizza Quest: Bagel’s Are Back! Featuring The Owner’s of Kismet Bagels

Welcome Back to Pizza Quest! Yes, bagels are back — with a vengeance! — as wonderful shops are bobbing up all over the country in much the same way as the proliferation of their “kissing cousin” –donut shops — seem to be everywhere (but rarely do we see a bagel and a donut shop combined in one operation — could this be the next big thing?) . The bagel cycle…Read More…

Pizza Quest with guest Blaine Parker, of “Free the Pizza”

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! In this episode, I talk with Blaine Parker, the creator and host of the website Free the Pizza, a site devoted to the unending quest to make pizza in a home oven as good as those from a pizzeria. Can it be done? Blaine says yes, and has written an entire book showing readers how, as well as posting humorous essays regularly on his site…Read More…

Pizza Quest, with guest Ed Zimmerman on The Real California Pizza Contest Results

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! Ed Zimmerman is a name not many people outside the pizza and food service industry know (though those of in the pizza world all know him), but all of us, whether in or outside of the profession, are impacted by the creative work he does. His company, The Food Connector, organizes the annual Real California Pizza Competition, on behalf of their client, The California Milk…Read More…

Pizza Quest, with guest Wylie Dufresne of Stretch Pizza in NYC

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! Most culinary savants are familiar with Chef Wylie Dufresne who, at his groundbreaking Manhattan restaurant, WD 50, brought modernist molecular gastronomy in the style and spirit of Heston Blumenthal, Grant Achatz, and Ferran Adria  to NYC about 10 years ago. Since then, like so many other great fine dining chefs, Wiley has fallen under the spell of pizza and is now expressing his creative genius…Read More…

Pizza Quest: The Pizza Quest Online Pizza Course, with Director Kyle Ahlgren of ABC Online

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! In this episode, Peter talks with Kyle Ahlgren, the producer/director of the Artisan Baking Center (ABC) Online streaming classes. A year ago, Peter and Kyle collaborated at the Artisan Baking Center, the educational component of Central Milling, in Petaluma, CA, where they video recorded a pizza course based on Peter’s most recent book, Pizza Quest. The book is a direct result of the many interviews…Read More…

Pizza Quest with Guest Chef, Roy Elam, of Donna Jean: Plant Based Pizza to Die For

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!         Chef Roy Elam learned how to cook in the cornfields along the borderland between St. Louis and Illinois, and then paid his culinary dues with some of the country’s finest natural foods chefs. But when he decided to open a plant-based restaurant of his own, dedicated to his mom, Donna Jean, Southern California was the logical place to do it. First…Read More…

Pizza Quest, with Guest Scott Deley, “The Ooni Pizza Project”

Welcome back to Pizza Quest! There is no question that Ooni Ovens have taken the world by storm, even eclipsing their worthy competitor RoccBox, which had a nice head start. How have they done it? Fortunately, we have Scott Deley with us, who just published a book called, The Ooni Pizza Project. The book is loaded with inspiring recipes created by Scott (but inspired by his many pizza heroes), who has…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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Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
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