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Pizza News, August 2014

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(Volume XIV No. 9   ) (ISSN: 1533-3795)

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1) 101 Best Pizzas in America from the Daily Meal

2) Albert Goes to Pizza School at Pizza A Casa

3) Tony G.s Pizza Bible

4) Do You Ship Frozen Pizza?

5) Sites We Like: Food in the Fast Land and Frankie G.'s


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1) 101 Best Pizzas in America from the Daily Meal

The Daily Meal took on the task of discovering who makes the Best Pizza in America. Certainly no easy mission. As has been discussed on these pages many times, people are passionate about pizza. You won't find this kind of emotional fervor about sushi, Thai Food or French Cuisine. Certainly all those who enjoy food, have their favorites and if asked are willing to share opinions. But you are going to get very few arguments on the best spring rolls or steak. There may be disagreements, sure...but you will not many folks willing to fight to the death about doughnuts.

Pizza? Well, pizza is a food with a difference. Once you enter this arena of the "best pizza", there is no turning back. The gauntlet is tossed. And the swords are drawn. (Verbal swords of course.)

Discussions about pizza are another matter altogether. There are few opinions on the planet that evoke as much emotion. Certainly sports teams come to mind. Super Bowls have become a National Pastime. Political debates can bring out the best and the worst of those involved. And discussion about religion...well let's leave that one alone.

Pizza is in a showground all it's own. Some argue New York is the home of the best pizza. If you've ever discussed pizza with natives of New Haven, the lines are are drawn in the sand. Don't leave those from the West Coast out. Pizza fans from St. Louis and Detroit have their own favorites. And those from Old Forge, Pennsylvania would have you believe pizza was invented there. The tribes from Chicago have their own passions.

Pizza is a food that has been continually discussed, debated and argued. And that is the beauty of pizza. That is what makes pizza special, unique and wondrous. "Pizza is a magical little disk that makes things happen..." (And yes, I'm quoting myself here...)

 I was honored to be chosen to be a one of the Pizza Expert Panelists. I was very flattered and of course grateful to be part of this elite group. The list of pizzerias was extensive. The voting was totally subjective and asked for my complete biased opinion. This was my type of pizza panel.

I was in very good company as a number of my closest pizza pals were also voting on their choices for Best Pizza in America. The other panelists included John Arena, from  Metro Pizza, Mark Bello from Pizza A Casa (,  Tony Muia, A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours, Cary & Lillian Steiner, and Scott Wiener Scott's Pizza Tours, to name but a few.

Very good company indeed. These are pizza professional experts, whose opinion I greatly respect. An honorable bunch of pizza aficionados. There may have been other pizza experts who voted but they chose to remain anonymous. I guess the anonymous voters wanted to avoid a pizza controversy that is inevitable with such discussions!

The Daily Meal: Best Pizza in America

Albert Grand panelist for best pizza in America

Partial list of Pizza Panelists.

Here are the Top 10 Winners:

#10 Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita) (You can read more about Tony and his new book "The Pizza Bible," below.

#9 Paulie Gee’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Regina)

#8 Totonno’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)

#7 Flour + Water, San Francisco, Calif. Margherita)

#6 Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles Calif. (Squash blossoms, Tomato, Burrata Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce)

#5 Sally’s Apizza, New Haven Conn. (Tomato Pie: Tomato Sauce, No Cheese)

#4 Roberta’s, Brooklyn N.Y. (Margherita)

#3 Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, AZ (Margherita: Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil)

#2 Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Classic Round Pie: Mozzarella, Parmesan, Plum Tomato Sauce, Basil, Olive Oil, Sausage, Peppers, Mushroom, Onion)

And number 1 for the Second Year in a Row:

#1 Frank Pepe, New Haven, Conn. (White Clam: Clams, Grated Parmesan, Olive Oil, Garlic, Oregano)

You can find out the rest of the 101 Best Pizzas in America, here.

Pepe's White Clam Pizza from Pizza Therapy

A Pepe's White Clam Pizza

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More Pepe's White Clam Pizza from Pizza Therapy

Pepe's White Clam Pizza

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Pepe's Sign on Wooster Street in New Haven

The Famous Pepe's Sign on Wooster Street in New Haven

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2) Albert Goes to Pizza School at Pizza A Casa

One of the Best times I had this Summer was going to Pizza A Casa  Pizza School in New York. Pizza A Casa is a Pizza School located in New York city. They teach you step by step how to make pizza.

You start with a demo of making dough and pizza. Then it is in your hands to make your own pizza and dough. Of course you are given lots of tips, hints and help to make your own wonderful pizza. The fact is that Pizza A Casa is a totally hands on experience. You are given a bit of pizza history, information and philosophy.

Something Mark and I both share is the concept: "When making pizza, less is more." One of favorite, lessons from the pizza class was the "soft bongo" method of working pizza dough. The method involves the same movement you would have as if you are playing the bongo drums gently. As you play your dough ball you are flattening it to a perfectly shaped pizza crust. The class was shown how to mak individual dough balls, and by using the "soft bongo" method, spread out the dough into a pizza crust. This method of gently tapping on the dough allows for a much more uniformed crust.

The absolute biggest takeaway from the class was that it was: FUN, FUN, FUN! Oh yeah!

I was fortunate to meet up with Mark at Pizza Expo. I found Mark to be a wonderful pizza resource. He was very forthcoming and helpful. And dare I say, a little opinionated. (I knew I liked this guy).

 He had a number of pizza tales, as well as pizza tips. He had a great sense of humor as he explained the inside tips of making pizza. Without a doubt, Mark Bello knows pizza and was very forthcoming with his pizza secrets.

You can watch a video of Mark giving his best pizza tips and tricks.

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Mark discusses all of his best pizza tips and tricks and spills the beans on his most closely guarded secrets.

Mark holds nothing back. He also talks about his DIY Pizza App that is available in the App Store. (Sorry only available for I-phones and I-pads only.)

A little known fact about Mark is that he started out as a sculptor. He kind of fell into pizza by accident. He had always loved pizza and loved making pizza. The rest is history.

You can find out more about Pizza A Casa:

Pizza a Casa Inc.
Public Classes - Retail Store - Private Events
371 Grand St - New York City
(212) 228-5483


A Pizza A Casa Margherita

A Pizza A Casa Margherita

Mark Bello of Pizza A Casa

Mark Bello of Pizza A Casa

Albert Grande and Mark Bello

Albert Grande and Mark Bello
discuss pizza making.


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Beverly Collins: Secrets Inside the Pizzeria     Secrets from Inside the Pizzeria”

is an 80 page instructional eBook course that is instantly downloadable plus a one hour instructional video viewable online.

3) Tony G.s Pizza Bible

Tony Gemignani has a new book coming out called The Pizza Bible. The Pizza Bible, will be officially released in October, but already it is making waves in the world of pizza. You may be familiar with Tony as a world class chef who has appeared in every cooking show imaginable. Tony has entered in Pizza Contests Internationally and has beaten out many other Master Pizzaioli.

He has a number of incredible pizza restaurants including Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco and Pizza Rock in Las Vegas as well as Pizza Rock in Sacramento. In addition Tony runs his own pizza school where he teaches the art of making pizza. It's called Tony Gemignani's International School of Pizza.

I was honored to be given a private tour of Pizza Rock, last time I was in Las Vegas. No kidding a very private tour: just me and Tony! Tony took me through every part of Pizza Rock, from the Wood Fired Oven, to the gas fired ones, to the prep tables. I saw all manner of pizza emerge from all of the pizza ovens! From the flour storage to the side window leading to the street that sold slices. I was shown every square inch of the restaurant. He told me he wanted to make several different types of pizza. He is aware of the many regional styles of pizza and wanted to offer pizza for every taste. "Something for everyone", he explained.

What an amazing experience. A personal tour from one of the true pizza masters of our time! I will never forget it! Tony loves pizza and he loves sharing his pizza passion. Let's face it, you hang around with him for a few minutes you cannot help get excited about pizza. You get bitten by the Pizza Bug and you are now are pizza infected!

In The Pizza Bible, Tony share every thing he knows about pizza including all of the different regional styles. "It's my life's work about pizza, put into a book" he explained to me.

This book is an amazing resource for any pizza lover.. In this new book, Tony  puts forth his entire heart and soul. The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more

From his website:

The Pizza Bible is "a comprehensive guide to making pizza, covering nine different regional styles—including standards like Neopolitan, Roman, and Chicago, as well as renowned pizza sub-specialties like St. Louis and Californian—from chef, 11-time world Pizza Champion, and Guinness world record-holding pizza-spinner, Tony Gemignani. Pizza is one of the world’s most well-known and beloved foods, and everyone has their favorite style.

I will be offer my review here as soon as I get a copy. I know I will not be disappointed!

Pre-order your copy: The Pizza Bible HERE.


 The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more



Roman Pizza at Pizza Rock

Roman Pizza at Pizza Rock

Tony Gemignani at Pizza Rock

Tony Gemignani at Pizza Rock

Pizza at Pizza Rock

Pizza at Pizza Rock

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Tony Gemignani and Albert Grande

Tony Gemignani and Albert Grande

4) Do You Ship Frozen Pizza?

AK Asks:

We live in Florida now but miss our Connecticut pizza's.

 Do you ship frozen pizza's that we can bake?

Any suggestions on who may do this or how we
can get some pizza from Connecticut?

My response:

Great question. I don't ship my pizzas.

However we have some good news for you!

One of our loyal Pizza News readers pointed us in the right direction.

Zuppardi's, one of the Best Pizzerias in the New Haven area does ship.

Zuppardi’s Apizza
179 Union Ave
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 934-1949

You can order from the Zuppardi's Pizza Shipping Page, here.

They ship all of their pizzas on Monday. They are packed in dry ice, so you must be careful
when opening their package.

Before you order make sure you read their Pizza Shipping Policy HERE.

Zupp's makes great pizza! We loved their Sausage Pizza.

You can watch an interview I Did with
 Laurie Zuppardi, right here.     

Or click on the Zuppardi Logo

Check out our Zuppardi Tribute from Pizza Therapy Video Here

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If you are interested in making Homemade pizza, read on:

Excerpt from The Pizza Therapy Pizza Book:

"When I first envisioned The Pizza Therapy Pizza Book, I thought of it as simply a collection of pizza recipes. I was very satisfied and proud of it.

I then began to realize, I was missing an important piece of the story. I wanted to get beyond the recipes. I wanted to explain the real story of Pizza Therapy.

And here is the result. The first part of the book explains some of my philosophy about pizza and my own influences. The rest of the book contains the recipes, tips, tricks with a light sprinkling of pizza sagas.

 All of the step by step directions in the recipes will allow you to make pizza without any special equipment.

You will be able to make pizza with supplies found in in your kitchen. A bowl, a measuring cup, and measuring spoons as well as a cookie sheet are all you will need to get started.

 As you continue on your pizza adventures, you may want to invest in more advanced pizza making equipment such as a pizza stonepizza peel and a pizza cutter or pizza wheel. And if you really want to an intergalactic level get a star trek pizza cutter.

Although, this book is all about making pizza, you should understand, there is a certain amount of magic that happens while creating pizza and eating pizza. And while I can describe the magic to you, you really won’t understand it until you start making and eating your own pizza."

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5) Sites We Like

Here are two sites that may be of interest to you. Please check them out if you get a chance.

Foods in the Fast Lane: The latest Blog from our friend Gail Churinetz. Foods In the Fast Lane  is Gail's  personal website, "all recipes have been developed and tested by me, my family or my friends."

Here are some of Gail's accomplishments:

  • Winner of Food Networks “Ultimate Recipe Showdown” Season 3
  • Winner of Pizza Therapy Worldwide Pizza Recipe Contest
  • Frequent guest chef on CBS affiliate morning show, “Live at 9″
  • Guest blogger for
  • Raised over $40,000 for charity by donation of dinner/pizza parties

Check out: Foods in the Fast Lane

One of Gail's many incredible recipes:

Frankie G's Pizza:   Our friend Fankie G's family owned and operated business; focused on Italian family traditions, artisan cooking and baking. In addition Frankie G. is an accomplished blues man.

Our pizza oven website was created to share our joy with other oven builders and bakers... and it has been and continues to be a complete joy. Throughout the year, I get several emails from site visitors asking me oven questions, where to get oven tools and advice on pizza and such. So with that in mind, FG pizza & Italian came to life.

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