Kelly & Michael: Tony Gemignani Pizza Acrobatics
Kelly Ripa and David Muir learned how to make and flip pizza by doing pizza acrobatics, which was awesome. They worked with Tony Gemignani, who wrote The Pizza Bible. I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that, but it looks really difficult to me. It was definitely the highlight of the day and a great way to end the week. It looked like it was a lot of fun. I think I’m definitely going to try this at some point, though I’m not sure how successful I’ll be. Either way it looked like Kelly & David were having a great time, so I’m sure it’ll be fun no matter how it comes out. Kelly loved David in his apron. “This is what I came for,” he said. He wanted to take it with him. They were actually doing this because October is National Pizza Month.
Gemignani’s skills were out of this world. It really was pizza acrobatics. He was tossing it and flipping it around and spinning it. He even rolled around on the floor while spinning the dough through his legs and used two doughs at once and tossed them into the audience.
Kelly & Michael: Tony Gemignani Pizza History
Then Kelly & David came out to learn. How did Gemignani know this was his calling? When he was 18 his brother came up with the idea to open up a pizzeria. He came up with the idea to do some tricks. He won some world titles. That’s awesome.
Kelly & Michael: How to Flip Pizzas
First push your dough out and be as soft as possible. That will make it light, airy, and flavorful. Pick the pizza up and gently slap it back and forth while stretching it around the edges. Then toss it with your dominant hand out. The more you toss it out the more it dries the crust out. That makes it crunchy on the outside and light and airy in the middle.
Kelly & Michael: Regional Pizzas
Kelly was actually planning on cooking from The Pizza Bible in her house tonight. She and Muir tried a bunch of different pizzas from the book. They were all regional styles. They had one from New Haven, which uses the broiler method. They had a cracker-thin Chicago style pizza. Then had a Jersey style pizza too that was a tomato style. They also had a Detroit style that was charred around the edges. Finally, they had a St. Louis style pizza.
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