John Gutekanst

John Gutekanst owns Avalanche Pizza in Athens, Ohio and has a pizza blog called Pizza Goon. He is an award-winning pizzaiolo, baker, teacher, speaker and author and has been featured in Gastronomica, Food Arts, National Geographic, Alimentum Food Journal, Food Network and Best Food Writing, 2012.



chicken florentine

September 1, 2017 |

Chicken Florentine: Feel the Flo

Classic dish beautiful to serve, taste What does one of the most popular spinach and chicken dishes have in common with an Italian noblewoman soon to become a French queen? Chicken Florentine of course! The year of 1599 brought the marriage of Catherine di Medici of Italy and King Henry of France. The teenage bride…Read More


September 1, 2017 |

Hot Time in the Ziti

Baked ziti an easy seller with plenty of variety ollowing the history of ziti pasta is like walking through a carnival house of mirrors. Like a lot of Italian foods, ziti is used many different ways in all areas of Italy. Baked pastas are referred to as “pasta al forno” in Italy, which is said…Read More


chicken florentine

September 1, 2017 |

Chicken a la Fiorentina

Chicken a la Fiorentina   Print This is the classic dish made ala minute on the line when I worked at Le Ciel Bleu in Chicago. It takes just one pan for everything and relies upon the flour, shallot and garlic as the heart of the sauce. A classic Mornay sauce would suffice but I…Read More


chicken bacon grilled pizza

August 1, 2017 |

Grilled Pizzas: Grillas in the Mist

Grilled pizza a New England staple One of the best pizzas I’ve ever tasted was a grilled pizza made on a hot summer night many moons ago. I brought some of my pizza dough home to show my wife what a great professional I was. I flattened the dough, threw it on the grill and…Read More


chicken bacon grilled pizza

August 1, 2017 |

Chicken Bacon Pesto Grilled Pizza

Chicken Bacon Pesto Grilled Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: pizza Ingredients 2 tablespoons proprietary basil pesto 2 strips thick-sliced bacon roasted on the grill and chopped 6 ounces of already-grilled chicken breast sliced very thinly 15 small summer cherry tomatoes (4 ounces) 2½ ounces fresh mozzarella ciliegine balls (10 balls sliced in…Read More


July 1, 2017 |

Summer of Veggie Love

‘Tis the season to be fresh Sixteen years ago, a farmer named Bill Shores walked into my pizzeria with a giant box of garlic. He said that he had too much and offered to sell it to me for cheap. By the end of that summer, I was marketing and selling 20 to 30 pizzas…Read More


caprese

June 1, 2017 |

Crazy About Caprese

Classic Italian preparation can be used across the menu Caprese: This term means different things to many different people. But pizza people know that this magnificent combination of mozzarella, tomato and basil is special in so many ways. For me, it’s a giant 5 a.m. creation every summer Saturday morning. This is the time I…Read More


caprese

June 1, 2017 |

Fried Caprese Nuggets

Fried Caprese Nuggets   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 1 large summer tomato diced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 fresh mozzarella, torn in small strips 5 to 7 fresh basil leaves torn in pieces 10 to 12 ounces of your proprietary pizza dough Coarse sea salt as needed Shaved or…Read More


cheese selection, cheese blocks, pizza cheese

May 1, 2017 |

Cheese to Please

Specialty cheeses add panache to an ordinary menu Cheese is life. Anyone who owns and operates a pizzeria knows this intuitively. For most of us in this great pizza country, cheese is on almost every pizza and is the most expensive of the holy trinity with its pals of crust and sauce. The moment cost,…Read More


May 1, 2017 |

The S’more Grilled Pizza

The S’more Grilled Pizza   Print Author: Craig Priebe Recipe type: Pizza Ingredients ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips ½ cup sweetened condensed milk 9 full graham crackers (1 package) 1 grilled pizza crust 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter One 7-ounce (200g) jar prepared marshmallow cream Instructions Put the chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl….Read More