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Slight of Hand, Part One

Written By John Arena
Monday, 08 August 2016 Guest Columns

Pizza a Mano — hand made pizza –– what is it that calls us to be pizza makers? Why would someone like Paulie Gee leave a career in computer technology to stand in front of a hot oven in Brooklyn? Why is a multi-talented entrepreneur like Tony Gemignani unable to keep his hands off any dough ball that crosses his path? I bet that at some point anyone who is…Read More…

Do’s and “Doughn’ts”

Written By John Arena
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 Guest Columns

Ovens, ingredients, equipment, technique — these are vital components of the quest for great pizza. But, let’s face it, for most of us the real obsession, the “Golden Fleece,” and “Holy Grail” of pizza, is creating the perfect pizza crust. The world’s best pizza makers, amateur or professional, are never satisfied with their dough. Even the most stubborn, set in their ways old school pizza makers will lean in when…Read More…

Making an Online Video Pizza Course

Note from Peter: Teresa Greenway has contributed a number of guest columns here on PizzaQuest, and is a wonderful resource for all things related to sourdough. Her website, www.northwestsourdough.com/ should be in your bookmark section if it isn’t already. I’m very excited to hear how she’s moved into the video instructional world and, in addition to her reasonably priced course, she also offers a lot of information and downloads for…Read More…

Judging The World Pizza Cup, Part Two

 No matter how much you love pizza, there will always be a point in which you’ve had enough. It happened to me on the second day of the Pizza World Championship in Parma, Italy. I had already tasted over forty pizzas and the line between mozzarella and provolone was beginning to blur. I had to tap out. One of the on-deck judges filled my place and I took a much-needed…Read More…

Pizza in Parma: Judging at The World Cup of Pizza, Part One

Written By Scott Wiener
Monday, 25 April 2016 Guest Columns

 As much as I love them, pizza competitions are super weird. You only get one shot to make the greatest pizza of your life, the one that’s going to win you the pride and admiration of all your friends and colleagues, but you have to do it in a strange place with an unfamiliar oven and dough you made in the hotel bathroom sink. These factors plague my brain while…Read More…

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Written By John Arena
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 Guest Columns

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the greatest of them all… Gennaro Lombardi, Frank Pepe, John Sasso (Johns Pizza in NYC), Totonno Pero…legendary pizza makers who have created a lasting impact on the craft. Wouldn’t you love to be able to travel back in time and experience pizza from the hands of the true masters? Surely they were the greatest pizza makers in history right? Nah, nope, no way,…Read More…

Beware The Pizza Sharks

Written By John Arena
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 Guest Columns

Over the years, with little more than some extreme luck, I’ve been able to spend time with some of the world’s great pizza makers and enthusiasts. Pizza has a complex sub-culture that includes artisans, entrepreneurs, teachers and, on occasion, some very interesting philosophers who view our craft as a metaphor that grants insight into the nature of humanity. For the very best thinkers in the pizza world there is no…Read More…

Does Donald Trump Trump Jon Stewart?

Of all the controversies in the world, the one that makes the least sense to me is that of how to properly eat pizza. Not a week goes by without a tour guest asking my opinion on the subject, citing alleged faux pas by public figures like Donald Trump and Bill Deblasio. They clearly expect me to react like Jon Stewart, with complete disgust for any method requiring utensils other…Read More…

A Pizza Stone Repair Kit

Written By Bob Radcliffe
Saturday, 13 February 2016 Guest Columns

Note from Peter:  I’ve recommended interesting products here from time to time, but only rarely.  However, I get so many emails from folks lamenting a broken or cracked baking stone that I couldn’t resist posting this guest column from our long time friend, Bob Radcliffe (I remember when I dropped my 10 year old stone and had to fight off serious tears — it was a type of mourning after…Read More…

It’s So Obvious…Or Is It?

Written By John Arena
Monday, 01 February 2016 Guest Columns

Note from Peter:  I recently had the great honor of spending two full days in NYC with John Arena and a host of other pizza luminaries at the World Pizza Summit and Caputo Cup Championships. I was going to blog about it but John did such a great job that I am ceding the floor to him here. Weeks later, and I’m still digesting all the great pizzas and other…Read More…

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