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Pizza Quest: Swiss Cheese 101 with guest Joe Salonia

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!

We recently did a show that we called Bourbon 101 (June  ), and have done other shows that celebrate artisanship in subjects adjacent to our usual focus on pizza (olive oil, mezcal, tomatoes, and various types of cheeses). But, when Joe Salonia, co-host of HRN’s podcast series, Cutting the Curd, offered to take me on a journey of his personal specialty cheese category, Swiss, it was impossible to resist. Joe is a national sales and marketing rep for Gourmino Cheese, makers of some of the finest Swiss-style cheeses in the world. To most Americans, the term “Swiss Cheese” is very confusing, so I asked Joe to take me by the hand and walk me through a tasting that would lift the veil and make me a semi-dangerous Swiss cheese expert. Taste along, if you’d like, and join us on a deep dive into the wonderful world of Swiss cheese!

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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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