If there's one thing any home pizza maker can tell you, it's that its nearly impossible to get the same bubbly, crisp, charring that you get from a real-deal wood fired Neapolitan pizza oven. Check out this video where Jim Lahey shows us that not only is it possible, it's actually pretty damn easy to do.
The Piemans Craft
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.
That we at Slice love pizza is a given. So you know we love the various heart-shaped pizzas that appear this time of year. Our favorite cardioid pie is the one at NYC's Motorino, where it's become a Valentine's Day tradition. We asked chef-owner Mathieu Palombino to show us how it's done.
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?
If you follow along in the Slice comments section, you may have seen talk of Paul "Paulie Gee" Giannone's Egyptian move dough-stretching technique. When we visited Paulie to chat pizza recently, we asked him to demonstrate. You'll see it's a bit different from the dough-stretching moves that other pizza-makers featured on these pages have used. Paulie simply opens up the dough a bit and lets it hang off the side of the make table, outsourcing some of the stretching to good ol' gravity. Peep the vid above for the skinny.
For this installment of the Pieman's Craft, we talked to Nate Appleman of Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria in New York City to see how he makes the Salsiccia, one of the signature breakfast pizzas there. An indulgent pie perfect for sharing in the morning or at brunch, it's topped with mozzarella and grana padano cheeses, bacon, sausage uncannily reminiscent of the Jimmy Dean variety, and a couple of eggs.
The pizzas at both the Brooklyn and Manhattan locations of Motorino are known for their puffy outer edge (what the Italians call the cornicione). We wondered how Motorino owner and head pieman Mathieu Palombino achieved this effect. So we visited with videocam in hand and captured it here.