Pizza News, March, 2011
(Volume Xl No. 3)
(ISSN: 1533-3795)   

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1) What's New?  The Pizza Expo...Pizza Therapy in Las Vegas

2) Penn and Teller's Favorite Pizza

3) Un'Americana in Italia with Sky Dylan Robbins


1) What's New?  

I just got back from Las Vegas.  I attended my first ever Pizza Expo...and it will not be my last! It was incredible. I went with my two brothers, Tom and Steve. Tom flew with me from Honolulu. Steve flew in from Connecticut. That made the entire experience very sweet. Its been a while since we were all together.

And I was very excited about being at the Pizza Expo. I was able to get some great  interviews, pics and pizza stories. I probably have six months worth of stuff for Pizza Therapy!

Some of the highlights? I got to spend time at Metro Pizza with John Arena. John has an unmatched passion for pizza. I was privileged (and honored) to have him make pizzas for me and two up and coming pizzioli from Korea: James and Chef Kim.  The three of us smiled at each other as we ate pizza after pizza. We sampled all kinds of pizza as well as other interesting dishes. Thin crust, thick crust, and more!

We ate so much pizza, I was done for the evening. I needed a rest...For more on John Arena go here. (You can listen to John's amazing story.)

When I returned from Metro Pizza later, my brothers asked me to go out with them for a food buffet. Just what I didn't want...more food!...I had to pass...I simply could not eat any more that day...

And I had to go to Pizza Expo the next day...I needed a rest! 

Pizza Expo was incredible! The conversations I got into...The people I met. The stories I heard! And I will share all of it with you in upcoming issues of Pizza News...

Let me explain some highlights.

Caputo Flour had a booth. They brought with them some of the absolute best pizzioli on planet. Roberto of Keste's, in New York was there. How about the pizza masters from Italy? Enzo Coccia, Antonio Strata, and Adolfo Marletta flew in from Naples. They made countless pizzas. Smiling as each pizza came out of the oven. Handing out slice after slice to the crowd... Pizza, and more pizza, and still more pizza!

I got to chat with the Italians about pizza, life, the pizza business and more. It was a once in a life-time experience

Up and coming Legend of Pizza, Jonathan Goldsmith was there at the Caputo Booth. FYI: He is featured in Sky Dylan Robbin's: Un Americana in Italia.

(See Below, he is featured in a video on this page...)
He is simply an amazing person.

Jonathan is a gentle spirit and he embodies the true spirit of pizza. Read more at The Best Pizza in Chicago. His pizzeria is called Spaca Napoli and is in Chicago.

In upcoming issues of Pizza News, I'll be featuring my amazing pizza stories, interviews, videos, pizza adventures and more...Stay tuned.

You can read more about a preview of The Pizza Expo here on the Pizza Therapy Pizza Blog.

Here are a few of the pictures:

Albert-Grande-With-Pizza-Masters-from Pizza-Therapy

Roberto Caporrsio (Keste's), Adolfo Marletta, Jonathan Goldsmith (Spaca Napoli), Antonio Strata, and Albert Grande

Pizza Duck and Pizza Swan Pizza by Adlofo Marletta.
(Oh those Italians!)

Tony Gemignani and Albert Grande at the Pizza Expo

Tony Gemignani and Albert Grande at the Pizza Expo.
Tony is a true Legend of Pizza. He mentioned to me he will be opening a new pizzeria in New York, presently.

Gluten Free Caputo Flour at the Pizza Expo.

Gluten Free flour from Caputo flour presented by Pizza Therapy

This is a brand new product created by Caputo Flour. This was used to make a number of pizzas at the Pizza Expo.

I sampled the pizza and I was surprised at how well it tasted. Not totally like regular Caputo flour mind you, but definitely not bad.

If I was on a gluten free diet this would be my flour of choice. (OK, maybe I should think about it!) This flour did not come in the usual bags of flour. It was packaged in a plastic bucket.

This may be a product whose time has come. I predict you will see more and more pizzerias offering a gluten free dough alternative.
Remember you read it here first!

I contacted Peter Reinhart to ask if he was going to Pizza Expo. He is working on a new project called Pizza Quest. Definitely worth a look. Go here for  more on Peter Reinhart's Pizza Quest. Unfortunately, he said he could not make it... However you can claim some of his books, here.

Get Peter Reinhart's new book here:


Artisan Breads takes you sep by step into the world of bread
 and includes some great pizza recipes.

  And of course,
check out my favorite Reinhart book:



2) Penn and Teller's Favorite Pizza

I have been a huge fan of Penn and Teller for more years than I can remember. I had a chance to see them a number of years ago, but I blew it...but that's another story.

Let me explain what happened in Las Vegas.

We happened to see their show at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio. They were, as expected incredible. They are funny, witty, magical. With a peppery dose of irony and lots of fun. They show lots of this in their television show: Penn and Teller Bullsh*t: Seasons 1-7

Teller tells The Pizza Promoter his favorite pizza

Penn likes "Real Pizza" Read more at the Pizza Therapy Pizza Blog

You can read the rest of the story, here.

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3) Un'Americana in Italia with Sky Dylan Robbins

I am please to announce that Sky Dylan Robbins just completed her film:

Un'Americana In Italia

Here is what Sky said:

Hi Albert,

Hope all's well with you and your family.

Wanted to let you know that Un'Americana in Italia is finally complete - the premiere went well and I uploaded it to my site.

Thanks so much for all your past support, Albert. Amazing how passion and food connects people. When you have a chance, take a look and let me know what you think!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Food love,

My response:

Thanks so much, Sky!

We can't wait to see what you have in store for the universe next!
We know you will do great things.

Here is Part 4:



You can listen (and download if you wish) the fascinating interview with Sky at the Legends of Pizza Blog.
(It's at the bottom of the page)

View Part 1 at The Pizza Therapy Pizza Blog

View Part 2 at The Pizza Therapy Pizza Blog




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