The PMQ staff hits trade shows and pizzerias in the great American west.

The Nightclub & Bar Show |Las Vegas

PMQ’s Think Tank Reunion drew pizzeria operators from around the country for a networking event held at the Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas. The private gathering featured musical entertainment from PMQ staff members Daniel Lee Perea, a.k.a. El Bebop Kid, and Brian Hernandez. The musical pair performed Brian’s pizza-themed parody song, “The Cover of the PMQ,” a humorous celebration of America’s pizzaioli and a certain magazine of which we’re all very fond.

Rock & Brews |Albuquerque, New Mexico

When you wanna rock and roll all night, Rock & Brews is the place to be in Albuquerque. PMQ’s Daniel Lee Perea and Brian Hernandez paid a visit to the brewpub, co-owned by KISS legends Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, and spent a little time on the pet-friendly patio. Brian described the food as “first-class” and noted that Rock & Brews even has a menu for dogs, including a nonalcoholic beer called the Bowser brew.

Cane Rosso |Fairview, Texas

Although it’s not on the menu at CaneRosso, Lee Hunzinger’s MeatStromboliis legendary at PMQ.

Continuing their travels through the American West, Daniel and Brian galloped into Fairview for a video chat and photo shoot with one of our favorite pizza chefs, Lee Hunzinger of Cane Rosso. Lee, who will be the subject of a feature article in an upcoming issue of PMQ, worked his magic for several years at Cane Rosso’s sister restaurant, Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern, until it recently closed its doors due to structural issues with the building; a new location is slated to open later this year. Meanwhile, in addition to the Fairview store, Cane Rosso operates restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth and Carrollton, and has been singled out by D Magazine for serving the “best pizza in Dallas” for five straight years.

SimoneRoosQvistwon last year’s Pizza-SM pizza making competition with a sourdough-crust Bianca pizza.

Pizza-SM 2016, Stockholm

It’s hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it: Missy Green, PMQ’s international correspondent, will judge Pizza-SM 2016, a national Swedish pizza making competition, at GastroNord & Vinordic in Stockholm on April 26 through 29. Missy will also perform a dough spinning routine for the crowd. In addition to the culinary contest, Pizza-SM features a dough spinning competition to choose Sweden’s best pizza acrobat. Last year’s culinary winner, Simone Roos Qvist, hailed from Vezzo Bar & Ristorante in Umeå, Sweden. Qvist’s winning pizza, the Bianca, featured a sourdough crust, svartkål, spinach, prosciutto, garlic chips and balsamic. Held every two years at the Stockholmsmassan, GastroNord and Vinordic are the largest trade shows for the food and beverage industry in northern Europe.

Located in aModenawarehouse, this vat of balsamic vinegar, the largest in the world, even has aname: Hercules.

World Pizza Championship |Parma, Italy

Have you ever dreamed of swimming in a gigantic vat of balsamic vinegar? Technically, it’s possible, although the folks at Modena Fine Foods would discourage it. They’ve got the world’s largest barrels of balsamic vinegar (with a capacity of more than 71,000 gallons) at their Acetum balsamic production facility in Modena, Italy. And members of PMQ’s U.S. Pizza Team will behold them in all their glory during their trip to Parma in May for the World Pizza Championship. Often described as the Olympics of pizza, the World Pizza Championship brings together pizza makers and pizza acrobats from across the globe for culinary and dough spinning contests. When they’re not competing to make championship-level pizzas, USPT members will also enjoy a castle dinner at Castello Torechiarra and spend an afternoon in Venice.