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Pizza Talk: Sandor Katz, the Yoda of Fermentation

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 Pizza Talk

Sandor Katz, aka Sandorkraut, is the most popular go-to guy in the world when it comes to all things fermentation, whether applied to dough, beer, wine, spirit beverages, kombucha, and, especially, pickles and sauerkraut. His book, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World, is the “bible” of the fermento universe. Sandor’s work began as a study to determine the extent to…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #22: Slice of the ’80’s Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 07 November 2020 Pizza Talk

Yes, in Westland and Livonia Michigan there is a pizzeria group called Slice of the ’80’s, and Scott Wiener takes us there via this new box, recently added to his world record collection. No only do we get to enjoy their wonderful box art, with it’s nostalgic look back to an era many of either lived through or can’t remember that we lived through, but Scott calls them on the…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Mark and Jenny Bello and Pizza School NYC

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 05 November 2020 Pizza Talk

The first rule of Pizza School NYC is that you don’t talk about Pizza School. Actually, that’s not true, we’re happy to talk about it, especially with its founders, Mark and Jenny Bello, who have taught thousands (perhaps even 50,000, according to their reckoning) of household cooks how to make great pizza at their Lower East Side pizza school during the past 10 years. We’ll hear all about their journey,…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Sarah Minnick and Lovely’s 50-50 in Portland

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 03 November 2020 Pizza Talk

Sarah Minnick has emerged as one of the important new voices in the artisan pizza movement. She brings a chef’s sensitivities, an artist’s insight (she originally went to Rhode Island School of Design), and a down to earth perspective to everything she makes at her destination restaurant, Lovely’s 50-50, where she has grown a passionate following. In this interview you’ll learn more about her and her vision for pizza and…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #21: Signora Pizza — a Very Thoughtful Box!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Saturday, 31 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Floriana Pastore, as I learned from Scott this week, is an Italian pizzaiola superstar. She has now opened a mobile pizzeria, Signora Pizza, in Las Vegas, where she makes award winning Neapolitan pizza (you can check out her Facebook page here). Scott recently added her new box to his world record collection, and it’s a good 0ne, full of thoughtful elements (such as an inside the box reflective panel to…Read More…

Pizza Talk: The Zombie Apocalypse, with Athena Aktipis

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 29 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Just in time for Halloween, a whole show devoted to exploring the real zombies in our midst. Dr. Athena Aktipis is a professor at Arizona State University, the founder of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Show, and she knows what she’s talking about. You will learn how little you know about real zombies in our midst when you watch this fascinating conversation. I’ll say no more (a zombie is trying to…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Talking Serious Eats with Ed Levine

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Ed Levine is the founder of the most influential food website in the digital universe, Serious Eats. He is also one of our finest mavens when it comed to pizza (who can forget his seminal book, Pizza: A Slice of Heaven) and the mentor and launching pad avatar for many important food writers, such as Kenj-Lopez Alt, and Adam Kuban, (Adam will be featured here in an upcoming episode of…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week # 20: A Box Within a Box Within a Box

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 24 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Scott is back and, this time, he unveils a new box that he hasn’t even opened from its shipping box — we get to see it at same moment as he sees it! And what a winner this one is, straight from Berkeley, CA, with a flashback to the ’60’s and all that that era implies. A special thanks to Zack Wilson for sending this box to Scott! (Anyone else…Read More…

Pizza Talk: Derrick Tung — The Paulie Gee of Chicago

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 Pizza Talk

We learned in an earlier episode with Brooklyn pie master Paulie Gee that, when he decided to grant rights to others to use his name and menu model, he wasn’t going to follow typical franchise templates. He was mainly looking for ways to empower other talented pizza makers to be able to get into the game and achieve their own success. Enter Derrick Tung, who took the hand-off from Paulie…Read More…

Pizza Box of the Week #19: Is it a Book or is it a Box?

Written By Scott Wiener
Saturday, 17 October 2020 Pizza Talk

I don’t want to ruin the surprise of this week’s box, so I will simply ask you to watch Scott tell us the mind-bending story about a simple pizza box from Costa Rica. The operative word in this week’s episode is meta. You’ll see what I mean when you watch this week’s Pizza Box of the Week with Scott Wiener.

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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

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