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Pizza Quest Interview with World Champion Joe Carlucci of Valentina’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!

Our guest in this episode is long-time world pizza champion, Joe Carlucci.

So, you might ask, how did a nice New York area kid end up running an iconic, destination pizzeria in Madison, Alabama?  It’s a long story and one best told by Joe himself, including the many life lessons that allowed him to crash and burn (and rise from the ashes) many times on his way to finally finding the right work/life balance while dialing in on the formula that has established Valentina’s as a role model for the next generation of pizzeria operators. Joe explains it all in this fun conversation with Peter, here on 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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American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
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Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
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