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Mozzarella in The Gastro, Webisode #4

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 28 April 2011 Webisodes

This week we conclude our visit to Pizzeria Delfina with a fresh mozzarella lesson from head pizzaiolo Anthony Strong. If you look closely, you’ll see Chef Craig Stoll in the background talking with our producers, Brad English and Jeff Michael (Jeff’s the tall one with hair, Brad you’ll recognize from his photo on our home page). We had so much fun with Craig and Anthony during our visit with them, culminating in this wonderful, warm bath of milky water pulling and creating silky fresh mozzarella balls out of raw cheese curds. I really wanted to just dive into the bowl and bathe in it–you know, a milk bath like in Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. But take a look at those pizza shots too–everything comes together to create one seriously beautiful and delicious pizza!

We won’t be leaving The Gastro completely, as we still have our visit to share with you at the wonderful Tartine Bakery, next door to Pizzeria Delfina, in the coming weeks. But I want to thank both Craig and Anthony for their generosity and fabulous food during our visit with them. The Gastro is a foodie destination site because of them and the energy they’ve brought to their small block in San Francisco’s Mission District.  I heard a rumor that Anthony is now heading up the kitchen in yet another new restaurant in the Craig Stoll empire, around the corner from the pizzeria. As soon as I get more details I’ll share them with you. Till then, enjoy this video and try to get Pizzeria Delfina the first chance you get.


Michael Carignan

Love the new webisodes. Especially the sharing of techniques like the mozz forming. I’d love to see more extended segments around techniques.

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