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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 2018 Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, where John and I had a chance to work together again, presenting a demo on how pizza operators can make their own bread for hoagies and focaccia and even pita bread (like you’ll see here in the video). What a joy and honor it is to work with him; he is beyond beloved in the pizza community and I now have many more friends and know some of the greatest pizza makers in the world strictly because they know he is my friend. Thanks John!!!!

Next time I’ll present a recap of my Pizza Expo experience, where I had a chance to moderate two panels, one with Nancy Silverton (Pizzeria Mozza) and Brian Spangler (Apizza Scholls), and the other with the famous “Dough Doctor” (Tom Lehman) and Bill Weekley (of the always popular General Mills Pizza Boot Camp), where we addressed the ins and outs of dough fermentation in front of hundreds of experienced and aspiring pizzeria operators. More on that and some of my other adventures too — not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas….


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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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