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The Pieman's Craft: How to Unstick Your Pizza from the Peel

The Pieman's Craft Jessica Leibowitz 10 comments

Last time we met with Pizza a Casa owner Mark Bello, he showed us his DJ skillz for stretching out dough. Here, he shares a quick trick for unsticking pizza that won't budge from the peel. Semolina to the rescue! As Adam mentioned a few months back, a spice shaker will help with quick, even distribution. More

The Pieman's Craft: How to Stretch Pizza Dough, 'The DJ Method'

The Pieman's Craft The Slice Team 5 comments

New York City's Pizza a Casa bills itself as a "pizza self-sufficiency center." Part pizzamaking-supply store and part pizzamaking school, the little shop is owned by Mark Bello, who shows us his dough-stretching technique in the video here. Bello calls it "The DJ," and we think you'll see why — his quick and sure hand motions look like a turntablist scratching a record. ... Last night a DJ saved my slice? More

Top This: Mark Bello's Pizza (a Casa) Sausage

Top This Adam Kuban 7 comments

I got this recipe from Pizza a Casa's Mark Bello. It makes an intensely flavorful, fennel-studded sausage. And if you're worried that you need a meat grinder, casings, and stuffer, don't sweat it. This is a loose sausage — just some coarsely ground pork with some seasonings mixed in. You could easily make this while you're waiting for your dough to rise or come to room temperature. More

Pizza a Casa: NYC's 'Pizza Self-Sufficiency Center'

Adam Kuban 8 comments

Sell the people slices and they'll eat for a day, teach them how to sling pies and they'll eat forever. So might be the mantra of Pizza a Casa, the self-described "Pizza Self-Sufficiency Center" on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Slice's Adam Kuban attended a recent class to see if it's worth your time. Bottom line, if you're a wannabe pizza-maker, it is. More

Canned Tomato Taste Test, Round 2

Adam Kuban 29 comments

You may remember the preliminary round of canned-tomato sampling that we did in September, in which we asked for input on tomato brands for Round 2. Well, here's Round 2. With a surprising winner.... More

Village Voice's Best Pizza of 2010

Adam Kuban 13 comments

In the Village Voice's Best of 2010 issue, the alt-weekly's three food writers, Robert Sietsema, Sarah DiGregorio, and Rebecca Marx, name-check their top pizza picks of the year. Interesting to note is that Ms. Marx's is not necessarily a pizzeria... More

Upcoming NYC Pizza Classes with Mark Bello

Adam Kuban 1 comment

Pizza a Casa's Mark Bello leads the ingredient-procurement expedition during one of his pizza workshops. Mark Bello of Pizza a Casa has just announced two late-June pizza workshops. The classes comprise a walking tour of Manhattan's Chinatown and Little Italy, where students shop for ingredients at places like Alleva Dairy, and a hands-on workshop in Bello's kitchen. Ingredients are determined by what the class buys on the shopping portion of the workshop, but from a past Pizza a Casa event I attended, I can tell you that Bello's topping choices are thoughtful and delicious. Event Info This month's classes,... More

Valentine's Day Pizza-Making Class in Chinatown

Adam Kuban 1 comment

If you're still looking for something to give your pizza-loving Valentine, Pizza a Casa's Mark Bello is holding a pizza-making workshop tomorrow: Your day begins in Little Italy, where Mark will guide you as you shop for the finest ingredients for the pizza making to follow. Then it's off to your instructor's kitchen for proof positive that pizza making perfection is absolutely possible with a standard home oven. You'll start by making your own dough, then go step by step through the process of crafting the perfect pie. I'm tired of reading about "aphrodisiac" food each year, so I... More

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