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New Webisode: John Arena at The Forno Bravo Expo

This webisode is part of our ongoing series from the 2015 Forno Bravo Oven Expo, at Talbott Vineyards in Salinas, California. For three glorious, sunny days we had the opportunity to meet and cook with passionate, fellow “fire-freaks,” and work side-by-side with talented chefs, oven owners, growers, cheese and wine makers, and famous pizzaiolos like John Arena. John, as many of you already know, is a regular Guest Columnist here on Pizza Quest, and also teaches an accredited course on the history and the business of pizza at the University of Nevada. As you will learn in this segment, he has over 48 years of experience, still makes pizzas alongside his father (who is now over 90 years old) at their restaurant, Metro Pizza in Las Vegas, and has dedicated much of his recent time to passing down the knowledge and wisdom that he spent years accruing.  When John asks the question, “What is the story this pizza has to tell me?’ and he talks about the relationship between the pizza maker and the restaurant guests, he is offering us all nuggets of pure gold. Join me (maybe even pour yourself a glass of wine as we did in this episode), and take in every delightful moment. This conversation represents to me what I have called in my books, “The transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next.” John is not only our guest columnist here, he is our resident philosopher, our Yoda. Enjoy!!




John, wow what a truly great philosophy and person you are. Thank you again for treating our family so generously when we were at Metro Pizza several years ago. We’ll be back. And Peter, you’re a great host!

    Peter Reinhart

    Thanks so much, Jeff!! Will we see you at Pizza Expo in March?

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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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