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Pizza Talk: The Kings of Detroit-Style Pizza, Part 2

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 01 October 2020 Pizza Talk

I think of Shawn Randazzo and Jeff Smokevich as the Harvard and Yale of Detroit-style pizza (which is a geographically ridiculous analogy — perhaps the Lincoln and the Cadillac of Detroit-style pizza?).  You’ll learn why they are the kings of this court over the next few days, as this week we are dedicating all the slots to a series of master classes on Detroit-style pizza by the guys who helped make this style a global phenomenon. In Part 1, Jeff demonstrated the technique he uses at Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride, and also at Blue Pan Pizza in Denver. In this episode, Shawn will demonstrate his classic technique, just the way he does it at his Detroit area restaurants. It is the VPN (or VPD, in this case) of Detroit-style Pizza, if you know what I mean. Watch and learn…..

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