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Pizza Quest: Chef Mike Friedman’s Pizza and Other Jewish Italian American Tributes in DC

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!

Chef Michael Friedman grew up in a New York area Jewish American household (in Westfield, NJ, to be specific) and, like me, was nourished by lots of Chinese and Italian food. Also like me, he attended Boston University’s School of Communications, so we share a kindred spirit connectivity. After paying his dues in fine dining restaurants around the world (including stints with Rich Melman’s Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, as well as with Chef Marc Vetri in Philadelphia, and also with Chef Jose Andres), Mike started his own restaurant group in the Washington DC area and, for the past ten years, has garnered awards and recognition of his own. All-Purpose (A-P) Pizza Shop , in its three locations, pays tribute to the east coast pizzas and slice shops of his youth, and joins Red Hen, and Aventino Roman Cucina, as part of his ever-growing restaurant empire. Hear all about Chef Mike’s quest to bring the past into the present, and the culinary vision that drives him forward in this new episode of Pizza Quest.

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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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