A Passion for Pizza

Flour, water, yeast, and time—that’s how every pizza begins. Yet for such a simple dish, pizza stirs up passions. Thin and supple…or thick and crisp? Loaded with cheese…or lightly topped? Everybody has an opinion about what makes a good slice and a favorite place to find it. But great pizza? That’s more elusive. A Passion for Pizza is a video series from The Culinary Institute of America, filmed on location in Naples, Rome and New York City. We follow pizza experts, some of them third- generation pizzaioli, who believe that great pizza can be a transcendent experience. They may differ in their methods, but they share an obsession, a single-minded focus on each element of the dish from the flour to the water to the type of wood in the oven.