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Pizza Talk: Nancy Silverton, Part 1

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 28 May 2020 Pizza Talk

The very first stop in our Pizza Quest filming expedition ten years ago was at Pizzeria Mozza, Nancy Silverton’s groundbreaking restaurant in Los Angeles, where a pizza themed menu was elevated to destination fine dining, with lines put the door. The pizzas there were — and still are — both creative and exquisite, raising the bar (and now much copied) for what a pizza could fully be. Nancy is a visionary, whether as the founder of La Brea Breads, or as the opening pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago nearly 40 years ago, or as an author, or the winner of numerous James Beard and other awards, or …. well, the list goes on (and we’ll recount much of that journey in these two episodes). Bottom-line, she is a national treasure. Join us in these two fast-paced sessions for a wonderful ride through the life, mind, and times of Nancy Silverton, and you will even hear about her latest (and very exciting) restaurant concept, which opens soon.

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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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Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
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