The Art of Perfection: A Slice of Life with Anthony Mangieri

The Art of Perfection: A Slice of Life with Anthony Mangieri
24 gen 2024 · 35 min. 32 sec.

The Pizza Pioneer's Journey: From New Jersey Roots to Global Acclaim In this episode of CHEF AF, we take you on a flavorful journey with the pizza pioneer himself, Anthony...

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The Pizza Pioneer's Journey: From New Jersey Roots to Global Acclaim

In this episode of CHEF AF, we take you on a flavorful journey with the pizza pioneer himself, Anthony Mangieri. Born and raised in New Jersey, Anthony's love affair with pizza began at a tender age. This passion blossomed into a career that has placed him on the global pizza map. From opening a bakery in his early twenties to the inception of Una Pizza Napoletana, Anthony's path has been nothing short of remarkable.

The Meticulous Art of Pizza Making: A Day in the Life of Anthony Mangieri

Anthony's approach to pizza making is a blend of art, discipline, and relentless pursuit of perfection. Every day at Una Pizza Napoletana is a testament to his dedication. Anthony crafts each dough ball by hand, ensuring that each pizza served is a piece of culinary art. His belief that a restaurant is not just a business, but a life's work, resonates in every slice of pizza he serves.

A Leap into Retail: The Birth of Genio Della Pizza

Expanding beyond the walls of Una Pizza Napoletana, Anthony embarked on a new venture - Genio Della Pizza. This foray into the retail world with a frozen pizza line was a meticulous decision. Anthony's commitment to authenticity and quality led him to Italy, where he oversees every aspect of production. His involvement ensures that Genio Della Pizza lives up to the high standards he set at his restaurant.

Challenges and Triumphs: Anthony's Frozen Pizza Journey

Transitioning from a restaurant to the retail space brought its own set of challenges. Anthony navigated these with the same passion and precision that he applies to his pizza-making. From grappling with the emotional aspect of maintaining his reputation to tackling the complex logistics of retail, his journey is a tale of resilience and adaptation.

Anthony Mangieri's Advice to Aspiring Chefs: Stay True to Your Craft

For Anthony, the key to success in the culinary world is authenticity. He encourages young chefs to build a strong skill set and follow their hearts. Anthony's advice underscores the importance of passion and dedication in creating a culinary experience that resonates with customers.

Sustainability and Ingredients: The Heart of Genio Della Pizza

Sustainability plays a crucial role in Anthony's vision for Genio Della Pizza. He ensures that all ingredients are sourced locally, contributing to a minimal environmental footprint. His commitment to sustainability extends to every aspect of production, from the wood used in ovens to the way leftover pizzas are handled.

Embracing Culinary Trends with Authenticity

While Anthony recognizes the ever-changing landscape of the pizza industry, he remains true to his roots. He appreciates trends that focus on specialization and authenticity. For him, the future of pizza lies in embracing regional nuances and continuing the journey of culinary exploration.

Closing Thoughts: The Rhythmic Art of Pizza Making

As our conversation winds down, Anthony reflects on the rhythm and movement integral to pizza making. He likens it to a dance, where being in the zone can transform a good pizza into an extraordinary one. It's this magical interplay of skill and passion that makes Anthony Mangieri a true pizza pioneer.

Chef Anthony Mangieri’s Bucatini Recipe

Anthony's Bucatini Recipe:

1 lb Bucatini
1 head escarole, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 cup Southern Italian black olives, pitted
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pine nuts (preferable real Italian)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 freselle (Italian biscuit), or coarse homemade bread crumbs
Pecorino Romano cheese
Coarse Sicilian sea salt
Extra virgin olive oil

Heat a few tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a pan on medium heat and add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Once it starts to sizzle, add the olives to the pan and use the back of a fork to break them up a bit in the oil. After a minute, add the escarole, stir and cover.

Check on it every few minutes, and once it's cooked down, remove the cover, stir in the pine nuts and golden raisins and turn off the heat.

In the meantime boil a large pot of water. After boiling, add a few tbsp of sea salt and once it comes back to a rolling boil add the bucatini and stir.

Once the bucatini is al dente, drain and toss in with the escarole. Add more olive oil (at least another few tbsp. and toss to coat and mix everything together. Then top with bread crumbs (or grate the freselle on top of the bowl so you get some fine and coarse pieces that fall off) and grate plenty of Pecorino Romano cheese on top. Add sea salt to taste.
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