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Guest Column: Do You Know What You’re Getting Into? A Reality Check

Michael Shepherd

Chances are that, if you are opening a pizzeria, you will be out of business sooner rather than later. Typically, 60% will fail in the first three years; at least this is what statistics tell us. Why? Is it because there is too much competition? Maybe the economy isn’t doing very well? Perhaps it’s the government and high taxes? Or better yet, it’s probably because of those darn millennials who…Read More…

New Video: Peter’s “Creative Mornings” Presentation and other News

Hi Everyone, This video just got posted by our local Creative Mornings chapter. If you don’t know what Creative Mornings is, go do a Google search and see if there’s a chapter near you. It’s an amazing community building gathering, a phenomenon, and Charlotte NC just happens to have one of the most dynamic of all the Creative Mornings chapters and, guess what, I got to be the featured speaker…Read More…

New Webisode: Tricycle Pizza in Monterey, California

Danica Alvarado is a bright light. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Forno Bravo Expo in Salinas, California, where hundreds of fellow fire-freaks gathered for a few days of food, wine, music, and wood-fire fun in the sun. Danica told me that, as a teenager, she was inspired by watching Nancy Silverton shape beautiful pizzas right here during our first season of Pizza Quest, so she spent…Read More…

Highlight Reel Now Available

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, Great news — the highlight reel from our recent International Symposium on Bread, is now available (it’s only 2 1/2 minutes long). See it here:  Highlight Reel You can also see the opening keynote presentation by Nathan Myhrvold, the creator of the James Beard Award winning Modernist Bread, as well as other presentations. We will continue to add all ten presentations to the channel as we complete the…Read More…

Prosciutto Cotto Pizza w/cool creamy Burrata and Fresh Arugula

This is a beautiful pizza!  I can’t take credit for the recipe…only my efforts to create one here at home in my Primavera wood fired oven.  And, as you can see, I think I did well! There is a local Italian restaurant here in LA called Eatalian Cafe.  The cafe is in an industrial district in Gardena and, when you go inside, it’s like a food processing warehouse that is…Read More…

Exciting News!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, I still have a number of posts to bring you, including interviews, Part Two of my NYC pan pizza tour, the International Symposium on Bread wrap-up, and more videos and recipes but things have been a little bit busy. This is the final week of school at Johnson & Wales University, so my Introduction to Baking class is about to take their final exams, and we’re still wrapping…Read More…

International Symposium on Bread

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, I’m a little behind on posting, as I’ve been immersed in the second annual International Symposium on Bread (nicknamed, “On the Rise 2”). I just received the photo files from our photographer today and haven’t had time to write up a recap, but that all will be coming soon, so please check back in a few days. Also, this weekend is the 14th Annual Asheville Bread Festival, this…Read More…

Jim Ruddell, RIP

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 Peter's Blog

We just received notice that one of our beloved Pizza Quest stars, Jim Ruddell, of Ruddell’s Smokehouse in Cayucos, CA, passed away. We featured Jim during our first season, and he also makes a short appearance in our highlight webisode, Pizza as Obsession, which is always found at the top of the Home Page. As Brad English reminded me, the smoked salmon fish taco he had when we filmed with…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…

Guest Column: Tomato Pie and “The City that God Forgot”

Joseph Calcagno

Note from Peter: I’m still working on my recap of the recent Pizza Expo in Las Vegas so, in the meantime, I wanted to share this very insightful post from guest columnist Joseph Calcagno, on the venerable tomato pie. Some of you may recall a series of columns we ran a few years ago by another one of our columnists, Bob Radcliffe, on the same subject (if not, you can…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
Whole Grain Breads

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