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Pizza Quest: Shannon Mangini — Things Can Happen Fast

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!

        Sometimes it just takes moxie. Shannon Mangini (aka @ThePizzaiola on Instagram)  is living proof of that. In just a few short years since graduating from college in 2018 with a degree in economics, entrepreneurship, and finance (Univ. of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was also a lacrosse star) Shannon has, among other things, brought DiFara Pizza to the North Fork of Long Island and staged numerous pop-ups during the Covid years, been interviewed on Women in Pizza, and, most recently, been serving as Senior Director of Brands and Partnerships for the OTG Management Group, which owns and operates food concessions in airports around the country. We discuss all of this, how it happened so quickly, and what’s next for this dynamic rising star, in this week’s episode of Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart.


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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
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

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