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arancini Jasper's Ristorante

No matter the size or shape, arancini appeals to many It seems like everyone has an arancini story. Michael Spurlock may have grown up in Detroit, Michigan, but Boston was where he first tried arancini. “After I ate it I said, ‘If I ever open a restaurant, it’s going on the menu.’ ” In 2013,More »

New Haven-style Pizza — About Apizza

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New Haven pizza delights diners near and far Like Chicago and New York, New Haven, Connecticut, boasts its own pizza style. For those operators selling New Haven-style pizza, it’s more than just pie — it’s about preserving a legacy. New Haven apizza (pronounced “ah-beets”) is a Neapolitan-influenced pizza displaying a thin, crisp crust and chewyMore »

That’s a Wrap

Sandwich wraps are menu crowd pleasers (With RECIPES)

Operators are faced with the daunting challenge of keeping menu items interesting, yet approachable; filled with tasty ingredients, yet cost-effective. Wraps fulfill this need. Simply put, wraps are a type of sandwich usually made with a soft flatbread, tortilla, lavash or pita rolled around a filling of proteins, veggies and sauce. Diners often view wrapsMore »

Any way you slice it

Papalino's Pizza, slices

Pizza-by-the-slice operations share secrets behind their success   Sin City is a 24-hour town, so staying open until 2 a.m. is important to Pop Up Pizza located inside the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It also enables the pizzeria to serve customers who only want a slice or two as opposed to an entireMore »

Cured Meat Craze

Salumi, pizza, rustic, rectangle, slices, recipe

Salumi meats spice up menus Once considered an old-school Italian ingredient, salumi has become the go-to ingredient for antipasto, pizza and salad. Salumi are Italian cured meat products predominantly made from pork (although salumi includes bresaola, which is made from beef). At Seattle’s Tulio Ristorante, Executive Chef Walter Pisano, serves a coppa, oregano and mozzarellaMore »

Soak Up the Sun

sun-dried tomato goat cheese pizza slices

Sun-dried tomatoes heat up spring menus Spring may bring a bounty of produce, but a good tomato? Not as likely. What’s a pizzeria operator to do? With its sweet, intense flavor and multiple uses — sun-dried tomatoes are the answer. Sun-dried tomatoes impart a flavorful punch to pizzas, salads, dressings, pastas, sauces and dough. AndMore »

The Magic of Marsala

Photo by Josh Keown

You would never guess that just three basic ingredients lay the foundation for a high-end classic Old World dish. But that’s exactly the case of chicken or veal Marsala, which relies on cutlets, wine and mushrooms. In it’s simplest incarnation, a Marsala entrée consists of chicken or veal cutlets that are coated in flour, sautéedMore »

2009 October: Cool & Creamy

ice cream, brownie, sundae, dessert

As temperatures rise this summer, diners look for ways to cool down. Ice cream presents a practical solution. Sure, you can sell it by the scoop, but why not pair ice cream with cookies or brownies? Ice cream lends itself to many easy-to-prepare desserts. It’s a tasty — and profitable — menu addition. “Ice creamMore »

2009 November: Prep School

prep chicken

Adam Goldberg, owner of Fresh Brothers in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, was slammed — on a Monday. The restaurant’s volume was up way more than normal. The lunch rush had extended to 3:30 p.m., leaving staff only one hour to prep before dinner service. Remarkably, staff never fell behind. Goldberg doesn’t attribute itMore »

Fruitza

Mandarin Pizza

Think fruit pizza and the ubiquitous “Hawaiian” most likely comes to mind. While no one will argue against the popularity of this ham-and-pineapple delight, fruit toppings aren’t limited to pineapple. Consider pears, apples, oranges — even coconut. The operators we interviewed did just that and discovered that fruit not only adds a sweet note toMore »