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Albert Grande, The Pizza Promoter's
Pizza News
January
2007
 

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(Volume VIII No. 1 ) (ISSN: 1533-3795)

"Pizza on Earth, Good Will to All!"

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Contents

1. What's New: Capture the Legends of Pizza

2. My phone call with Chris Bianco

3. Lunch with Tony Gemignani

4. The Latest on Brian Spangler

5. A Christmas Tale

1. What's New: Capture the Legends of Pizza

Happy New Year, to you!

I am pleased to announce the release of The Legends of Pizza in a new format.

Up until this point the only way you could listen to the Legends was on a CD.
This was recorded on a WAV format (a universal file that can be played on any player)

Many pizza fans have asked that there be a download MP3
version of Legends of Pizza.

The Legends of Pizza Volume 1 and Volume 2 can now be downloaded right to your computer in MP3 format. That means you can listen to it directly on your computer or  any ipod,and mp3 Players.

You can now Download Legends of Pizza Volume 1 and 2:
(and be listening in minutes, even if it's 3:AM!)

Download Legends of Pizza 1: Click HERE

Download Legends of Pizza 2: Click HERE

Also along with the new format, I am pleased to announce the entire transcripts of Legends of Pizza Volume 1 and Volume 2 in a newly released e-book.

That's right, all six Legends of Pizza are together for the first time.

Claim the Legends of Pizza Transcripts
Volume 1 and 2,Click Here

All of the references discussed in
Legends of Pizza Transcripts are clickable
(That means you can go to all of the Internet resources discussed)

 

2. My phone call with Chris Bianco
(Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, Arizona)

The phone rang a few days before Christmas. I said, "Hello".

"Albert, this is Chris Bianco."

"Hey Chris, how are you doing?"

"Fine, fine. I just wanted to say, thanks Albert. I appreciate all of the work you are doing. I liked the way Legends of Pizza turned out".

I was humbled. Here is one of the finest pizzaiolo in the country, calling me up to say "thanks".

Chris as usual was easy to talk with. I had to ask him about his recent appearance on Oprah.
(I had discussed his appearance in the November 2006 issue of Pizza News.)

I can't remember his exact words, but basically, he told me it was no big deal.

Hey, if I ever show up on Oprah, I may give you my autograph. Maybe.

But not Chris Bianco. Chris Bianco is one of the most modest people on the planet. It doesn't matter to him that he was featured on the most popular television show in the World. It really does not, matter. He just wants to do what he does best, make pizza. He is a true pizzaiolo, a role model and wonderful person.

We had an amazing conversation. He shared more of his pizza philosophy with me. Thank you Chris. I am honored and again, humbled.

I am very proud of Legends of Pizza. The interview with Chris Bianco contained in Legends of Pizza Volume 1, is fantastic.

Discover the Legends of Pizza: Click Here.

Albert's Christmas Eve pizza
My Christmas Eve Pizza: Anchovy and Tomato
Recipe from The Pizza Therapy Pizza Book

 

 

 

3. Lunch with Tony Gemignani
(Seven time World Pizza Champion, master pizzaiolo and
 Legend of Pizza)

I have been in regular contact with Tony Gemignani for the past year. He had told me he would be in Hawaii over Christmas, vacationing on Maui. He said he had some business on Oahu, where I live. I offered to take him to lunch. He said he would be delighted.

Charlene, Kamalei and I picked up Tony and his wife, Julie at the airport. We headed up to the Pali look out for some views of the windward side of the island.

My plan was to take him and Julie, to one of our favorite lunch spots. I thought we could go for Chinese food (Dim Sum), sushi or maybe one of the finer ethnic dining spots.

He was open to any suggestion. Charlene asked: "Where do you really want to go, Tony?"

Before you could say pepperoni, we were headed to my favorite Hawaii pizza joint:
Antonio's New York Pizzeria.

You can't go out to lunch with Tony Gemignani without discussing pizza. This was some of the most in depth pizza conversations I have ever had. I refer to Tony as The Ambassador of Pizza in Legends of Pizza, Volume 2. He lived up to his nick-name. He is also incredibly humble. Tony is a fantastic person. He has traveled the World, learning as well as teaching about pizza.

Needless to say, I was in pizza heaven! I can't thank you enough, Tony! I will share more of our conversation in up coming issues of Pizza News. In the meantime, you can discover Tony on Legends of Pizza, Volume 2. Look for Tony, in an upcoming episode of Rachael Ray's show.

 

Albert, Anthony and Tony
Albert, Anthony and Tony at Antonio's, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

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4. The Latest on Brian Spangler

I had been trying to contact Brian Spangler since the release of Legends of Pizza, Volume 2.

I wanted his opinion of the interviews. I was able to have a conversation with him last week.

He has been doing well. He liked Legends of Pizza, Volume 2. but he has been incredible busy.

He is expanding his restaurant Apizza Scholls. I asked him if this means he will be making more pizzas. Will this mean a busier restaurant with more dough being made?

Not at all, he explained. "I just want to take care of the customers we have". Brian is another true pizzaiolo. He has heart. He is dedicated to his craft of making pizza. Nothing more, nothing less.

You can see Brian on the January 22, 2007, episode of The Discovery Channel's
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

 

5. A Christmas Tale

True story: My three year old recently visited Santa and he asked her the age old question:
'Have you been a good girl this year?'

She hesitated. You could tell she didn't want to answer.
After a second, Santa said: 'Of course you've been a good girl.' She smiled.

Later, I asked her, why she hesitated.

'Dad' she answered, 'I didn't want to say yes, and I didn't want to say no'.

My three year old (alright, almost four), took the 'fifth'. She did not want to lie, but she didn't want to tell the truth either... A true lawyer in the making!

 


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That's all the "Pizza News!", for now...

"Pizza on Earth,
Good Will to All"

Sincerely,
Albert Grande, The Pizza Promoter

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