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Steve Dolinsky, author of 'Pizza City USA' and founder of Pizza City USA Tours, 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.

Pizza City with Steve Dolinsky Steve Dolinsky

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    • 4.7 • 73 Ratings

Steve Dolinsky, author of 'Pizza City USA' and founder of Pizza City USA Tours, 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.

    Joe Quercia - Freddy's Pizza (Cicero, IL)

    Joe Quercia - Freddy's Pizza (Cicero, IL)

    Joe Quercia has worked hard his entire life. He started working at Freddy's Pizza in Cicero in 1968, at the age of 13, and never left. Quercia talks about his Neapolitan heritage, how he learned to speak English and then expand the offerings at his tiny store, while the neighborhood around him changed completely.

    • 25 min
    Frank Pinello Continues Pushing to Make Pizza Taste Even Better

    Frank Pinello Continues Pushing to Make Pizza Taste Even Better

    Frank Pinello grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, and aside from hearing it in his voice, you can tell how passionate he is about creating the best slices. His work with chefs like Nate Appleman and the opening team at Roberta's were seminal experiences, but it was when they handed him the reigns to Best Pizza in Williamsburg, that he really came into his own as a pizza maker.

    • 32 min
    Artisan Pies in the Nation's Capital

    Artisan Pies in the Nation's Capital

    All-Purpose is one of D.C.'s best pizza places, and the pies are a result of owner Mike Friedman's many experiences at restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard. Sourcing only the best flour, tomatoes and cheese, he has elevated the typical New York thin, deck oven baked pizza, by adding hydration and a solid three days of fermentation.

    • 26 min
    The Most Passionate Man in Pizza? Scott Wiener Certainly Lives His Brand

    The Most Passionate Man in Pizza? Scott Wiener Certainly Lives His Brand

    Scott Wiener started out working in the Department of Cultural Affairs in Hoboken, New Jersey, when an impromptu pizza tour for his birthday led to the creation of a full-time business. Today there are 65 pizzerias in the Scott's Pizza Tours universe, with more than a dozen tours offered every week. On top of that, Scott leads demos, speaks to industry leaders and even holds the world record for the most number of pizza boxes. The man lives his brand. Steve talks to him about what he looks for in a proper NYC slice.

    • 32 min
    Artisan Pizzas Down East Maine, Close to Acadia National Park

    Artisan Pizzas Down East Maine, Close to Acadia National Park

    Tim Semmler and his wife, Lydia, have been running Tinder Hearth Bakery from their home in rural Maine for the past 13 years. More recently, they've added pizza. Toppings depend on what their local farmer sells them. The flour is from Québéc and the starter is all-natural. If you're headed to Acadia National Forest, it's a must-stop.

    • 28 min
    Brian Spangler of Apizza Scholls (Portland, OR)

    Brian Spangler of Apizza Scholls (Portland, OR)

    Brian Spangler has had a lot of jobs. Some in I.T., some in bread baking. But it's the four year period while working in rural Oregon that laid the foundation for what would become Apizza Scholls in Portland. We met Spangler in the hills of Montana - at The Resort at Paws Up - where he was tasked with recreating his long-fermented dough and baking pies in ovens he wasn't necessarily used to; no matter, he figured it all out and turned out some amazing pies.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

KP615513 ,

Favorite episode = St. Vito’s!!

Best episode by far is the St. Vito Focacciaria in Nashville!

Christipher Aquaman ,

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.

Darkjester95 ,

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!

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