My Top Pizza Business Podcasts
Are you up on all the latest pizza podcasts? There are a ton to choose from and each scratches a different itch. Some are more about pizza making while others are devoted to the ins and outs of running a successful pizza business. These are my top current pizza business podcasts, in no particular order.
1. Pie 2 Pie
Alex Coons of Hot Tongue Pizza in Los Angeles hosts this excellent longform interview show that focuses on the things that keep pizzeria operators up at night. In addition to the audio podcast, Alex also releases video versions of each episode on YouTube. I love his perspective as a frustrated operator who finds peace by talking shop. Alex leads conversations with a natural flow that cuts right to the chase.
2. Pizza City
Chicago-based food journalist Steve Dolinsky’s bi-weekly podcast interviews a different pizzeria operator on each episode. Steve travels to each location to talk to his subjects in person, so there’s an intimacy you don’t get from remote conversations. Since Steve isn’t a pizzeria operator, his questions come from the perspective of an educated observer. There’s valuable insight from his short episodes (usually under 30 minutes), which are easy to digest on short drives or while walking the dog.
As an extreme pizza enthusiast myself, I connect deeply with this podcast. Host Eidref Laxa is an aspiring pizzaiolo who interviews professionals about how they’ve gotten where they are. He’s perpetually toying with the idea of getting into the business himself, and this show documents that journey. What’s Good Dough is the most inspirational pizza podcast I’ve heard, so check it out if you’re interested in getting back to the basics of what got you into pizza making in the first place.
If you didn’t already know about Pizza Today’s audio companion podcast, now you do. Pizza Today’s editor-in-chief Jeremy White helms the show with colleagues Josh Keown and Denise Greer. The material they cover is a great supplement to the magazine’s content, with in-depth interviews and previews of upcoming pizza industry events. If you’ve ever wondered what information didn’t fit into this month’s issue or how Pizza Expo works behind the scenes, this show has your answers.
I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I didn’t mention two pizza podcasts that ignore the business side entirely. Pizza Pod Party is a fun interview show from radio personality Alfred Shulz and food writer Arthur Bovino. Each week they talk to a different media personality about their pizza experiences.
Leave it to Michigan Public Radio to launch the perfect limited series about the state’s significance in pizza history, called Dough Dynasty. Hosts April Baer and Laura Weber-Davis dive into the deep end of chain pizza history, super-trendy Detroit Style pizza, and even the significance of ranch dressing. This is an incredibly well-produced and fun show that uses interviews with industry experts to unroll Michigan’s storied pizza history.