Just came home earlier tonight after partaking in the pizza summit. It was a wonderful time and experience. Got to see some friends from the forum and meet a few new ones. I ate way too much pizza of course. I am not complaining as it was all very good. I was surprise at myself as I did not take any pictures, but my gf did. I'll have to see what she got and what I can post. I know the others took plenty of pictures so I am sure they will be up soon.
Craig's pizza tastes as good as it looks in pictures. I told him that I would be critical of his pies and give him honest feedback. He did not disappoint. Aside from the obvious killer combinations of flavors and expensive toppings he uses on his pies, the crust has to be reviewed by itself. Craig makes an EXCELLENT crust crafted with sourdough starter and his very own methodology. Not an easy feat to do well consistenty but Craig makes it look like child's play. I thought his crust and pies were very balanced over all. Not under cook or over cooked. Texture was spot on for NP. Very tender with a very slight hint of a crisp to the rim. Airy with a light chew. Definitely not heavy. No hint of sourness, which is how I like the flavor to be. Very easy to eat and very enjoyable. Just the right amount of char. All his pies are bake with careful attention. This task becomes exceedingly harder as the bake times get shorter, but seems to be 2nd nature to Craig. Sauce, cheese, toppings, were also very balanced as well. I haven't eaten a lot of NP pizzas, but of the ones I have had commercially, Craig's Margherita ranks right next to my favorite from Amano. Not only that, but it far exceeds many of the VPN and Non VPN NP places I've eaten at. I know taste is a matter of opinion so this is just my opinion. And if I didn't feel this strongly about Craig's Pizza, I wouldn't even be posting just b/c he is a nice guy. Which btw, he is a most generous and gracious host. We were all able to play and cook in his kitchen and with his oven as if we were in our own homes.
If you couldn't make it, you definitely missed out. If anyone considers themselves to be a fan of NP pizza, then Craig's pizza summit is a definite must visit. Thanks Craig for a very nice visit and for the wonderful pizza.
I also need to say that the Detroit pies provided by Brandon and Zane of VIA 313 out of Austin, were excellent as well. Better than what I have been able to make at home, so it gives me something to work towards since the drive to Austin is just too far for me.