In this digital age, it’s easier than ever to make connections. A few clicks on any social media platform will instantly sync you up with others who have interests similar to yours. A Google search will yield thousands of pages of information. It is easier than ever, in fact, to deep-dive into nearly any subject matter of your choosing.
As I sat down with John Arena at his Las Vegas pizzeria recently, he really got me thinking, however, when he mentioned that in this age of hyper-connectivity we are sometimes on autopilot and therefore mindlessly disconnected.
One of the ways Arena battles that, and remains relevant in a fast-changing pizza world, is by simply getting his hands in the dough to stay grounded and to remember who he is as a pizza maker. As I sat with him at Metro Pizza he rattled off a list of names — prominent pizza makers, all — who turned to the same technique on a daily basis. Not, as he said, because they have to … but because they want to.
Arena’s sentiments reminded me of words of wisdom I once heard from renowned pizza maker Chris Bianco. Every pizza is an opportunity as well as a manifestation of the terroir of the ingredients and the soul of the person making the pizza.
That’s deep, but these folks are of a different breed. They operate on a high level and have done so for decades. One would be insane not to listen to them and take their words to heart.
All the Best,
Editor in Chief