Thanks for the reply. I finally got a job, so now can afford pepperoni, LOL. I got some sliced at Valli's (sliced there at the store) and it tastes pretty good. I found that I can't slice it thin enough when I try to slice it off a stick by hand. I do like a pepperoni pizza, and it was nice to taste one again, and to make one as good as what I remembered as a child. Is there a particular brand of pepperoni that I could look for that's real good? I've never been to Roscoe Village.
I've got less than 30 days supply of the Primo Gusto Bread/Crust flour from GFS left. In the meantime, someone I know has a Costco membership and got me a 50 lb bag of ConAgra Mills Harvest Bread Flour. The protein is lower than the Primo Gusto was (ie 3 gm/serving vs 4), but I'm hoping it will be good for pizza crust. I was trying to get ConAgra KYROL flour, and thought that was what I was going to get from Costco, but they didn't have the KYROL, and what I got was the Harvest Bread flour. Beggars can't be choosers, I guess. From what I read this Harvest Bread flour isn't very good, but having 50 lbs of it, I better figure out how to use it. Maybe I will buy another bag of the Primo Gusto and try a pie with the two blended if the Harvest Bread flour doesn't do well.
I see there is a place called Central Baking Supplies on Western Ave. that carries top shelf stuff, and "walkins are welcome". Ever tried there?
For cheese, I'm just grating mozzarella and provolone or muenster from Valli's. I'm happy with them, but if you know any really superior brands available around here, let me know...
For sauce, I'm just making a cooked sauce using inexpensive crushed tomatoes. Its working. I may try the fancy 6 in 1 sometime when I need to but tomatoes anyway. At the moment I'm trying to grow some cherry tomatoes.
All things considered, there is no place in the NW Burbs that I can buy a pizza as good as what I'm making, so until I find something better to compare against, I guess I'm ok with what I've got. It amazes me that even for $20 or $30 you can't get a really good pizza here, even at the places with awards on the walls.