28 episodes

Join the conversation! Pizza Quest is certainly about pizza, but it’s so much more! It’s an engaging celebration of artisanship in all its shapes and forms. Award winning author Peter Reinhart interviews many of the greatest pizza makers in the world, as well as growers, cheese makers, millers, and food producers of all kinds who all who have one thing in common: an unquenchable drive to experience and express the highest level of excellence in their work, and to share it with their friends, family, and customers. Peter explores the varying journeys that led them to achieve prominence in their fields, and also offers listeners demonstrations of their craft, whether making their signature pizzas, or taking us on an in-depth tasting tour of their olive oil, tomatoes, cheeses, and toppings. As Peter is fond of saying, “It’s more about the quest than the pizza, and the quest never ends.”

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Join the conversation! Pizza Quest is certainly about pizza, but it’s so much more! It’s an engaging celebration of artisanship in all its shapes and forms. Award winning author Peter Reinhart interviews many of the greatest pizza makers in the world, as well as growers, cheese makers, millers, and food producers of all kinds who all who have one thing in common: an unquenchable drive to experience and express the highest level of excellence in their work, and to share it with their friends, family, and customers. Peter explores the varying journeys that led them to achieve prominence in their fields, and also offers listeners demonstrations of their craft, whether making their signature pizzas, or taking us on an in-depth tasting tour of their olive oil, tomatoes, cheeses, and toppings. As Peter is fond of saying, “It’s more about the quest than the pizza, and the quest never ends.”

    Nicole Russell’s Last Dragon Pizza; a Classic American Success Story

    Nicole Russell’s Last Dragon Pizza; a Classic American Success Story

    When Hurricane Sandy devastated the coastal areas of Queens and Brooklyn, there were many economic victims. But Nicole Russell, who had already lost her job, decided not to be a victim and, instead, started making original pizzas baked in her home oven, and sold them out the back door, like her signature Kiss Mi, Converse Jerk-Chicken Pizza. Thus, Last Dragon Pizza was born. Before long, Nicole had earned a big following and got invited to join a delegation of pizza luminaries to compete in Italy on the world stage in an international competition. There’s a lot more to this amazing Lazarus story, so join us on this episode of Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart, as Nicole tells Peter how it all came to pass.

    • 41 min
    Dan Richer, “The Best Pizza in New York is Now Made in New Jersey”

    Dan Richer, “The Best Pizza in New York is Now Made in New Jersey”

    Well before Ed Levine and Pete Wells, in the New York Times, declared Razza in Jersey City as “the best pizza in New York,” Razza’s owner, Dan Richer, appeared on Pizza Quest to discuss how it all happened. Is it the naturally leavened sourdough crust, or the best locally sourced ingredients, or something about the technique, imagination, and passion that drives Dan’s vision? You’ll find out as you join us for Peter’s conversation with Dan Richer on this episode of Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart.

    • 42 min
    Philip Korshak — the New Poster Boy of Bagels

    Philip Korshak — the New Poster Boy of Bagels

    When Philip Korshak last appeared on Pizza Quest he was the general manager of pizza operations at Home Slice Pizza in Austin Texas. Fast forward five years and Phil, after an interim stopover in Minneapolis, is now in the Italian Market section of South Philadelphia, out of the pizza game altogether, and the proprietor of the recently unveiled Korshak’s Bagels, the hottest opening in food crazy Philadelphia in years. At the time of this interview, Phil was still haggling with inspectors and contractors amidst the pandemic drama, and hadn’t yet opened to the public, but when he did open the lines formed around the block with people anxious to try his sourdough, hand-formed bagels as well as his original shmears. Korshak’s is now the poster child for the burgeoning artisan bagel movement, and Phil is its colorful, charismatic ambassador. You’ll see why in this episode of Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart.

    • 50 min
    Pizza Quest has always been about more than pizza

    Pizza Quest has always been about more than pizza

    We like to say that we celebrate artisanship wherever we find it, because artisans are our real community of kindred spirits, of which pizza is but one spoke (albeit, a very large spoke!). But another big spoke is, of course, the bread baking community and, in that branch of our family there is one name that towers above them all, Poilane! Many of you already know that 18 years ago the most famous bread baker in the world, Lionel Poilane, was tragically killed, along with his wife and their dog, in a helicopter crash on the coast of France. At that time, his eldest daughter, Apollonia, was preparing to enter college at Harvard, though she had always, since childhood, been preparing to carry on the family legacy. Childhood ended earlier than expected that sad day and, amazingly, Apollonia not only entered and completed her degree at Harvard but, also, traveled back and forth to take the helm at Poilane Boulangerie and, with her sister, to watch over its expansion into a global brand, as well as to write an important book about the four-generation bakery called, not surprisingly, Poilane: The Secrets of the World Famous Bread Bakery. Apollonia is here with us now, on Pizza Quest, to tell us the whole story of this visionary bakery. It’s our honor to welcome her.

    • 58 min
    A Treat for Martha's Vineyard

    A Treat for Martha's Vineyard

    Today on Pizza Talk, we welcome Nina Mae Levin, the founder of Stoney Hill Pizza on Martha’s Vineyard. Our discovery of Nina was due to two previous interviews that we did last year, with Ed Levine and Glenn Roberts, who both live on the Vineyard and who, essentially, told us we had to meet this talented rising star and hear about her life-changing corn and shiitake pizza that had blown both of their minds. So I tracked Nina down just as she and her team were about to wind up their summer season and go into planning for the next year! Of course, we learned a lot more about Nina Mae, as well as her talented chef (the one who “holds it all together,” according to Nina), Georgia Macon. Because the corn season was already over, they demonstrated, instead, their own take on another of their (and my) life-changing obsessions: hoagies. Enjoy this conversation with Nina Mae Levin and Georgia Macon, of Stoney Hill Pizza because, as the saying goes, some new stars are about to be born.

    • 47 min
    Will Grant and the Emerging Sourdough Pizza Crust Movement

    Will Grant and the Emerging Sourdough Pizza Crust Movement

    Will Grant burst on the culinary scene about five years ago when he started winning competitions with pizzas made on his 100% sourdough crust. Will’s starter was cultivated at his pizzeria, That's A Some Pizza, on Bainbridge Island, Washington and is a family multi-generational legacy. Will is one of several pizza influencers, such as Anthony Mangieri, Dan Richer, Anthony Falco, and others whom we've featured here on Pizza Quest, all who are converting others to the use of naturally leavened pizza dough. But Will's been doing it for a longer time than many of the others, even though he's just now come to prominence, recently representing the USA at the World Pizza Championships. You'll hear all about Will's journey, tenacity, his sourdough starter, and, also, his plans for the future in this very special sourdough episode of Pizza Quest.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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