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Pizza Talk: Jonathan Goldsmith, il Padrone, Spacca Napoli, part 3

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 20 August 2020 Pizza Talk

Jonathan Goldsmith is beloved in the pizza community for many reasons, not least of which is the extraordinary pizza he and his team make at Chicago’s landmark Spacca Napoli pizzeria. We first interviewed Jonathan on Pizza Quest back in 2018, so if you’d like to read it (highly advised) go to . But, in this new Pizza Talk 3-part interview Jonathan, who is affectionately known at the restaurant as il Padrone, takes us deep into his lifelong journey. Like many of us, he had a full life outside of pizza, both in the USA and in Italy, before following his bliss in a dramatic “act two” plot twist,  down the deep rabbit hole of true Neapolitan pizza.  Stay with this for all three parts of this fascinating interview to hear about a life well-lived in pursuit of fulfillment on many levels.

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