Steve Dolinsky, author of "Pizza City USA" and "The Ultimate Chicago Pizza Guide" is also founder of Pizza City USA Tours. Every other Friday, he talks to some of the nation's greatest pizza makers, shop owners, pizzaiolos and other legends about their true passion. Discover how they got into the business, what they learned along the way, and how they came up with their delicious recipes. New episodes are available every other Friday.
A New York Style Slice Joint Grows in Chicago
Brett Nemec has worked his way up in the restaurant industry, and several years ago he decided to take the plunge into pizza. But not the tavern style thin, square-cut slices he grew up with in Chicago's western suburbs; rather, he decided to tackle New York slices, and has been improving ever since he opened in 2021. Zazas is one of several places to find great New York style slices these days in Chicago.
All-Natural Starter at Wheated in Brooklyn is a Game Changer
David Sheridan pivoted to pizza long before the pandemic, but even then he realized how important it was to use an all-natural starter for his dough. The pizzas at Wheated, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, are truly worth the journey. He's been perfecting his craft for over a decade, and it shows. His next challenge: bagels during the day.
Austin Street Pizza in Queens Making Squares & Slices Worth Taking the LIRR
Pre-Covid, Chris Cutillo was content running a restaurant supply business, dealing with all kinds of places around New York City. But things changed for him during the pandemic, and he went down the rabbit hole, like a lot folks. He opened Austin Street Pizza in a charming block of Forest Hills, Queens. It's easier than you might think to get to his shop, and it's well worth the effort! Big thanks to Serhan Ayhan for the recommendation.
Andrew Bellucci's Pizzas Are Inspired by a Lifetime of Lessons, Some Learned in 3-Star Michelin French Restaurants
Andrew Bellucci has had a tough couple of years. After opening Bellucci Pizza with a business partner then having a falling out during the pandemic, he struck out on his own - just a half-mile away - opening Bellucci's Pizzeria. Now, in addition to a legal battle, he has to constantly remind guests of his new business, while striving to make the best pizza he can, by using only the best ingredients. His experience working in a pair of Michelin-starred restaurants in Alsace is certainly unique among his peers.
Red Wagon in Minneapolis Takes Artisan Pies to New Heights
Peter Campbell has been a force in the Minneapolis food community for several years. When he opened Red Wagon Pizzeria in SW Minneapolis, he immediately tackled the issue of sourcing heritage grains for his dough. The result has been nothing less than spectacular. Combining that artisan dough with creative toppings has put Red Wagon in a class by itself.
Rectangular, Detroit-inspired Pies in the Twin Cities
Jeff Rogers grew up in Minneapolis, though his family is from the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. His restaurant and bar experience in the Twin Cities led him to open his own place, Wrecktangle, which is certainly inspired by Detroit, but doesn't feel the need to adhere to those regional rules. Jeff creates unique flavors for a pie that is unique among its peers in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Favorite episode = St. Vito’s!!
Best episode by far is the St. Vito Focacciaria in Nashville!
Best Pizza Podcast, easily.
I would want to write a long review but this short one will suffice.
So I've listened to several pizza related podcasts and this is the best one all around. Why?
It covers everything about pizza from all angles specific pizzerias, pizza makers, the business itself, reviews/recommendations, and knowledge on pizza making that can be taken on my an aspiring pizza maker at any level.
Other pizza podcasts are more singularly focused and get too in the weeds to have a long term listen shelf life. Although sometimes, and this is my one criticism of this podcast, some interviews get too into particulars of pizzerias that the more obsessive pizza fans would care about.
But overall this podcast strikes the balance between general interest and pizza fan stuff well.
A Trove of Pizza Knowledge
Inspiring, entertaining, and informative! A great listen for home pizza makers and pizza enthusiasts. Steve does an incredible job in his interviews, making them lively, fun, charming, and sophisticated! Love this show!