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Guest Column: Tomato Pie and “The City that God Forgot”

Joseph Calcagno

Note from Peter: I’m still working on my recap of the recent Pizza Expo in Las Vegas so, in the meantime, I wanted to share this very insightful post from guest columnist Joseph Calcagno, on the venerable tomato pie. Some of you may recall a series of columns we ran a few years ago by another one of our columnists, Bob Radcliffe, on the same subject (if not, you can…Read More…

Guest Column: Pizza Crust — What Happened?

Written By John Arena
Monday, 05 March 2018 Guest Columns

I know, I know–we are living in the Golden Age of Pizza. The very best exponents of our craft, Tony Gemignani, Anthony Falco, and of course Chris Bianco are turning out pizzas of unsurpassed quality. In fact, I’ve long maintained that today’s amateur pizzaiolo knows as much or more about the science of pizza making than many pro’s did in the past. Big improvements in technique, formulas, dough science and…Read More…

How Much is Too Much? New Guest Column

Michael Shepherd
Written By Michael Shepherd
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 Guest Columns

Note from Peter: I’d like to welcome our newest Guest Columnist, Michael Shepherd, who you met last month when I interviewed him along with his “Perfecting Pizza” partner Siler Chapman. Together, they share their years of success in the pizza business as coaches and consultants for others who want to raise their game or even just get into the game of pizza. In this month’s column, Michael shares his insight…Read More…

Guest Column: “Baking with Steel,” a Review by Scott Wiener

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 Guest Columns

Every amateur pizza baker understands the limitations of a home oven. That’s why those in search of professional results have turned to aftermarket products to push their equipment’s capabilities. Pizza stones are great because they introduce a conductive, radiant surface upon which the pizza can directly bake. A few years ago, Nathan Myhrvold’s food science tome Modernist Cuisine made a big splash when it pointed out that the conductive properties…Read More…

Guest Column, Joseph Calcagno, A Pizza Journey to King Arthur Flour’s Baking Center

Joseph Calcagno
Written By Joseph Calagno
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 Guest Columns

In the beginning there was pizza, and it was good. If Adam and Eve were alive today they would probably live in Vermont. Banished from the Garden of Eden, they’d spend their weekends driving the scenic routes of the Shires – longing for days gone by as they move forward in search of a new paradise, which would undoubtedly include plenty of pizza. They’d leave early on a late October…Read More…

Guest Column: The “Golden Age of Pizza”

Joseph Calcagno
Written By Joseph Calagno
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 Guest Columns

Note from Peter: While I’m at the Pizza Pasta Northeast Expo in Atlantic City this week (where I get to interview Joe Beddia on stage and also serve as a judge for this year’s Caputo Cup Pizza Competition), please enjoy this thoughtful post from our newest guest columnist, Joseph Calagno. I love his blending of culinary, cultural, and literary passion, and think you will too. I’ll return next week with…Read More…

Brad’s “Smashed” Tomato Sauce

Written By Brad English
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 Brad's Corner | Guest Columns

The full name of this sauce is actually Big Brad’s Super Fantastic Smashed Tomato Sauce, but I am only mostly serious about that. I like to alternate the sauces I’m using to find new flavor combinations, textures, and themes for my pizzas.  I do make a lot of pizzas and I’m always looking for something new, or ways to make something different and, ultimately, “better.”   I often use cherry tomatoes alone on…Read More…

Guest Column: An Important Slice of Life

Joseph Calcagno

Note from Peter: This week we feature a guest column from Joseph Calcagno, whose life in pizza has come full circle, as he shares in this moving memoir, which is a beautiful example of our motto: A journey of self-discovery through pizza.  See Joseph’s bio, below, at the end of his story.   It took nearly a year to plan a pizza party. In the last 14 months I’ve moved…Read More…

Guest Column, Scott Wiener, How to Plan a Pizza Crawl, Part One

Written By Scott Wiener
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 Guest Columns

I can’t visit a new city without conducting a complete survey of the local pizza scene. Call it a professional obligation or call it a sickness, you’ll be right either way. But it’s not just about the food; I find deep satisfaction in planning and executing the perfect route. It’s like a big jigsaw puzzle, with pieces that are constantly changing. Ever since my first multi-stop pizza feasts over a…Read More…

Guest Column: Attack of the 9-Ton Pizza

Written By John Arena
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 Guest Columns

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”- Henry V Over a year ago I was asked to join a group of elite pizza makers in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the longest pizza in the world. The existing mark was set at 6,082 ft. My first thought was “How hard could it be?” After all, I’ve been making pizza for nearly 50 years and…Read More…

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