Pizza Quest Globe

Peter's Blog

Interview: Ajith Dharma, Owner of Fire Within

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 Interviews

Note from Peter:  I first met Ajith Dharma at the 2015 Forno Bravo Wood-Fired Oven Expo in Salinas, California and, surrounded by hundreds of fellow fire freaks, we became instant friends. As the new owner of FireWithin Mobile Ovens he has built very sensitively and strategically upon the foundation established by the original founder Joseph Pergolizzi, who we’ve featured here on PizzaQuest in the past, and Ajith has now grown…Read More…

Johnson & Wales International Symposium on Bread YouTube Channel

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, At last, we have now launched a YouTube Channel for the Johnson & Wales International Symposium on Bread, and you can watch all the talks by clicking here. If you want to watch just the 2 1/2 minute highlight reel, you can go here. If you aren’t familiar with the Symposium, scroll down the Homepage to my earlier posts and recap of the event, which was held 2 months…Read More…

Interview with Paulie Gee

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 Interviews

 Note from Peter: I finally got to meet Paulie Gee, the legendary pizzeria operator, at the recent International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. It was an instant “bromance!”  So, I was thrilled when Paulie agreed to do an interview with me for Pizza Quest. His responses, as you will see below, are extremely humble and inspirational as he shares his journey from the world of intellectual technology (IT) to the…Read More…

Peter’s Blog: The International Symposium on Bread, Final Post

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone and Happy 4th of July (aka Independence Day)!! A few days after the Johnson & Wales International Symposium on Bread, about which I posted a few weeks ago, I wrote an Op-Ed piece, comparing the Symposium’s catch phrase, “On the Rise” to the aspirational ambitions of our city of Charlotte. I thought it was pretty good, and even got some editorial help from the Johnson & Wales Communications…Read More…

Upcoming Master Class in Denver

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 24 June 2017 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, I’m beginning to line up a number of classes for September and October. In a few weeks I’ll post more about these upcoming fall classes at King Arthur, Southern Season (Chapel Hill), Central Milling’s new Baking Center in Petaluma, CA, and also in Reno at the Nothing To It Culinary Center, as well as a book signing at Omnivore Books in San Francisco. But, I first wanted to…Read More…

Interview with Leo Spizzirri, “The greatest guy you never knew”

Written By Peter Reinhart
Monday, 05 June 2017 Interviews

Note from Peter: I finally met Leo Spizzirri for the first time at the recent International Pizza Expo, after years of hearing about this pizza genius who always, I was told, works “behind the scenes.” At the Expo, Leo presented a number of demo’s for Forno Bravo, showing how to create more than just pizza in a wood-fired oven. Each demo started with about 5 people in the audience (after…Read More…

Bread Symposium, final thoughts

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, I’m still riding the high of last week’s International Symposium on Bread, but it’s time to get back to pizza, which I will do in next week’s posting, featuring a wonderful interview with world pizza champion Leo Spizzirri.  Look for it to post on Tuesday, June 6th. But, for now, a few final words about the bread symposium, whose theme was “The future of bread.” In my last…Read More…

“On The Rise” — Early Report

Hi All, So, I’m still coming up for air from the International Symposium on Bread (which we called “On The Rise” for short), but wanted to share this first article, that just came out today, by writer Michael Solender. He did a great job of capturing the spirit and some of the highlights, for which I’m very grateful. I will add a new post over the weekend to give you…Read More…

Peter’s Blog postscript: Links to Bread Symposium

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 Peter's Blog

Note From Peter:      Here’s is a copy of the email that went out to all folks on the mailing list for the symposium. It gives you links to the Whova App as well as to the Facebook page where we will be presenting the Livestream on Monday and Tuesday. You can download the app even if you’re not coming to the symposium, and it has the full schedule…Read More…

Peter’s Blog: Bread Symposium update

Hi Everyone, By this time next week we will be wrapping up the first Johnson & Wales University International Symposium on Bread. But, as I write this, we’re still in the final stages of preparation, tweaking the logistics, the audio visual systems, the meals, and the special features that we believe will make this a very special gathering. By the end of this week I should have the log-on for…Read More…

Pizza Quest Info


Vision Statement

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.

Peter’s Books

American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

...and other books by Peter Reinhart, available on