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 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 »

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 »


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 »

2009 March: Oh Man!

2009 March: Oh Man!

Manicotti gets a bad wrap. Often misunderstood as being labor and time intensive, in reality it’s an easy-to-prepare, versatile dish that appeals to many discerning palates. The term “manicotti” actually refers to a large, tubular pasta shape. The traditional manicotti entrée stuffs a ricotta and cheese mixture into those pasta tubes or wraps pasta sheetsMore »

2009 February: In the Beginning

2009 February: In the Beginning

With its variety of colorful ingredients served in small, approachable bites, its no wonder diners enjoy kicking off their meal with antipasto platters. An Italian term, antipasto translates to “before the meal” and refers to an assortment of hot and cold appetizers usually including, but not limited to, cheese, meats and vegetables. Picture cured meatsMore »