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New Webisode: Wood-Fired Striped Bass with Chef Todd Fisher

This is a wonderful master class by Chef Todd Fisher, of the hugely popular Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey, California. We filmed this a few years ago at the Forno Bravo Wood-Fired Oven Expo at Talbott Vineyards, in Carmel Valley, just a few miles outside Monterey. Chef Todd shows us a number of excellent tips and techniques for roasting a whole fish (striped bass, in this instance) in a WFO (wood-fired…Read More…

Peter’s Blog: What a Long, Strange Trip This Has Been: Transformation, Part One

Hi Everyone, What can one say at a time like this? If you are reading this I hope it’s not just because you have (and not by choice) too much time on your hands. I wish it weren’t so. For me, as perhaps it’s been for you, it’s been a time of deepened reflection. I’d like to try to use my Peter’s Blog space during this and upcoming posts, to…Read More…

RIP Paul Castelucci, of Mama’s Pizzeria and Cheese Steaks

                  Some of you have seen my video presentation (or witnessed it live at last year’s Pizza Expo and also at the Atlantic City Pizza and Pasta Show East, in which I tell the story of Mama’s Pizzeria and Cheese Steaks, my childhood go-to place for the best pizza and cheese steaks in Philadelphia. For those who haven’t heard my talk, here…Read More…

New Webisode: A “Love Letter” to our Fellow Fire-Freaks

Welcome back everyone!  During the past year or so we posted a number of webisodes filmed at the Forno Bravo Oven Expo a few years ago. I had the chance to meet and cook with some great chefs and teachers, work side by side with the Obi Wan Kenobi of pizza, John Arena, and meet hundreds of kindred spirits who, in one of the episodes, we referred to as our…Read More…

New Webisode: Baking Mini Baguettes from Pizza Dough

Hi and welcome Back! Here’s a webisode we’ve been saving from the Forno Bravo Oven Expo where I get to bake my favorite thing (beside pizza): bread!  And not just any bread but a remarkable mini-baguette made from a wet, ciabatta-like dough, that puffs up beautifully in a hot oven immediately after shaping (and this will work not just in wood-fired oven but even in a home oven set to…Read More…

Brad’s Corner: Pizza Bianca Calabrese

Written By Brad English
Thursday, 11 July 2019 Uncategorized

Look at that pizza! I was recently recommending some pizzerias for my brother to take his family while on a trip to New York City. I sent him a link to Una Pizza Napoletana.  I told him about Anthony Mangieri and how he was one of the pizza greats who literally makes every pizza he serves.  After I sent him the link I poked around the website and checked out…Read More…

“I Don’t Compromise,” Anthony Mangieri, Part 2

Welcome back! As promised, here’s the second part of our ongoing series of webisodes with Anthony Mangieri, founder of Una Pizza Napoletana. In this episode, Anthony takes us deeper into his personal story; his striving for excellence and ongoing personal growth. I find it interesting that, while Anthony works on a narrow canvas of just one style of pizza with only a few menu options for the customer, it’s not…Read More…

Guest Column: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Joseph Calcagno

Note from Peter: Thank you to our friend and regular guest columnist, Joseph Calcagno, for this holiday reflection, as he looks back over a year filled with a number of indelible pizza memories. This man takes the quest seriously, as I’m sure many of you do as well. Please let me know if you, like Joseph, would like to share some of your pizza adventures here. The more the merrier!…Read More…

Pizza Expo, 2018 –You Had to Be There….

I’ve been home for over three weeks now but am still enjoying flashbacks from Pizza Expo 2018. With over 8,000 people attending everyday, and hundreds of booths, there are probably over 8,000 versions of what Pizza Expo means to the attendees and vendors. For sure, plenty of pizza to taste, ingredients to sample, equipment to test drive, seminars and workshops to attend, and numerous competitions, there are just too many…Read More…

New Webisode: John Arena and Peter, Deconstructed Pizza Pt 2

Hi Everyone, Once again, here is John Arena, the legendary pizzaiolo from Las Vegas, Nevada, mentoring us all in the craft and history of pizza, with a little help from me, as we make a pizza in reverse, so to speak. You’ll see what I mean when you watch and, who knows, it may give you some ideas to play with on your own. Note: I just returned from the…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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American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
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