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Pizza Quest: A Conversation with Jonathan Goldsmith, of Spacca Napoli

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!

Over twenty years ago, after Jonathan Goldsmith fell in love with traditional Napoletana wood-fired pizza while living in Italy and became a mid-life apprentice to the local masters, he decided to bring it back to his hometown of Chicago, where it was still a new thing. Spacca Napoli was thus born on the North Side, and has become a pizza pilgrimage destination site ever since, even in pizza-crazed Chicago, loaded with every style of pizza known to man.  There’s something about the inner connection that Jonathan has with his pizza roots, a genuine soulful quality, that is experienced by his patrons, who view him as the padrone’ of Spacca Napoli and as their own connection to the authenticity he so clearly honors.  Jonathan, who has been featured here before, returns to Pizza Quest in this audio-only podcast to elaborate on his unexpected journey in becoming one of pizza’s most beloved ambassadors of the true craft.  Click here for the link to the HRN podcast: 

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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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