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

Joseph Calagno
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 Calagno
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 Calagno

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…

Guest Column, John Arena: Top It Off

Written By John Arena
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 Guest Columns

Some pizza purists maintain that the only “real” pizza is the Margherita. Others will argue that the Pizza Marinara predates the Margherita. True diehards insist that the Pizza Bianca, with just olive oil and sea salt, is clearly the oldest form. When I was getting started in the business toppings were limited to sausage, mushrooms, and anchovies. Well, times have changed. Creative pizza makers like Rome’s Gabriele Bonci, and our…Read More…

Guest Column, Scott Wiener: The Slice Out Hunger Pizza Party

Written By Scott Wiener
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 Guest Columns

Note from Peter: Scott Wiener, a regular Pizza Quest Guest Columnist, is back to report on an amazingly successful fund raising event in NYC that may soon be showing up in other cities.  Scott’s column highlights to me the grace that flows to and through people who have a vision, a passion, and the willingness to simply “go for it!”  Scott’s Pizza Tours began as a college hobby and soon grew into…Read More…

Topping Your Pizza Like a Pro

Written By John Arena
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 Guest Columns

Last month we explored the basics of extending dough, but of course that is only part of the process. Once the dough has been properly shaped you have some choices to make. Most amateur pizza makers dedicate a great deal of thought to what they are going to put on their pizza and that is certainly important (we will cover topping selection in an upcoming installment). Right now let’s focus…Read More…

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…

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