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Pizza as Self Expression

Written By John Arena
Saturday, 08 January 2011 Guest Bloggers

Lately I’ve been thinking about pizza as a form of self expression. On a recent holiday shopping expedition I found myself fascinated by what are called Fine Art Galleries in the mall. I’m sure you’ve seen them, places that sell the mass-produced work of a particular “artist” who seems to be capable of turning out thousands of paintings at an alarming rate, each new one eerily similar to the last….Read More…

Coming Attractions

Week Four is now in session, so here’s a preview of what’s coming during Week Five, beginning January 17th: –More from Pizzeria Mozza–this time a trip to LaBrea Bakery to see where and how the Mozza dough is made. You’ll love the big mixers and how this unique dough comes together. This is the third in our seven-part Pizzeria Mozza series. –Part Two of John Arena’s Guest Column on Pizza…Read More…

Crushed Tomato Pizza Sauce

Written By Peter Reinhart
Friday, 07 January 2011 Written Recipes

Now that we’ve posted two easy to make pizza dough recipes, let’s continue to build our repertoire of fundamental pizza components. During the next few months we’ll post not only these really basic recipes, the essential culinary tool box, so to speak, but also more elaborate recipes and finished dishes, as well as videos with techniques for mixing and shaping dough and such. But for now, let’s focus on a…Read More…

A Third Place

Written By Joseph Pergolizzi
Thursday, 06 January 2011 Guest Bloggers

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about something called Third Places because, in these challenging times, it’s so hard to make real connections with real people. Our homes are being built closer together while our family schedules have caused us to live further apart. In our quest to become more efficient at work we now have even more work to do yet less time to do it in effectively. It seems…Read More…

Webisode #3: Pizzeria Mozza’s Matt Molina

Written By Peter Reinhart
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 Webisodes

Matt Molina – Pizzeria Mozza: In the previous video segment you met Nancy Silverton, the visionary behind Pizzeria Mozza, and in this segment you’ll meet her Executive Chef and Head Pizzaiolo, Matt Molina, the man who makes the magic happen every day at the oven. Matt is a great guy and has been working with Nancy since he was a young chef, cooking at her previous restaurant, Campanille (awarded Restaurant…Read More…

Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, Ca

Written By Brad English
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 Photo Gallery

Pizzeria Mozza! How lucky am I to live and work near Pizzeria Mozza? Look at these pizzas!  And, let me tell you, they taste even better than they look! I have always been a fan of Mario Batali, one of the owners of Pizzeria Mozza.  I have watched Molto Mario with my son Owen (12) for years. In fact, Owen has a plan to try to get on the show. …Read More…

Peter’s Blog, Week Three

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 Peter's Blog

Here we are, already into our third week of PizzaQuest.com and the site just keeps filling up with more great content. If you check out Coming Attractions you will see our publishing plan and blueprint not only for this week but for the weeks to come. I won’t repeat all that here but I do want to give you a few new updates: –For those of you who read my…Read More…

Coming Attractions

Happy New Year!! This week (Jan. 3-8), we will be posting all new material and will also begin posting all items on a regular schedule. Monday will be Coming Attractions day. Tuesday will be Peter’s Blog day. Wednesday will be Gallery Day or New Recipe Day (we’ll alternate). Thursday will be New Video Day (this will be either a Webisode or an Instructional, on an alternating basis). Friday will be…Read More…

Pizzeria Basta – Burrata Appetizer!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 Video Recipe Demos

Hi Everyone, When we were in Boulder, in October, to attend the Fire Within Conference we met a local chef with a big vision. Kelly Whitaker wowed us, not only with his pizzas, but with everything we tasted–and everything he serves at his popular Pizzeria Basta comes from of his wood-fired oven. In this video–and we have more of Kelly in future Instructionals and Webisodes– you will see how he…Read More…

Webisode #2: Intro to Pizzeria Mozza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 Webisodes

When we launched our first official pizza quest in the summer of 2009, we began in Los Angeles at one of my absolute favorite restaurants, Pizzeria Mozza. It is the creation of Nancy Silverton (many time James Beard Award winner) and superstar chef Mario Batali, probably the most influential Italian chef in America today. Mario, who rarely allows filming in his restaurants, was kind enough to give us his okay…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.

Peter’s Books

American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

...and other books by Peter Reinhart, available on Amazon.com