Author Archives: Denise Greer, Associate Editor

Lopez named President of AIBI Certification Services

Manhattan, KS – Stephanie Lopez has been named President of AIBI Certification Services. She replaces Gary Skrdlant, who retired Aug. 20. “GFSI auditing is one of AIBI’s fastest growing services, representing about 20 percent of all our food safety related revenue,” said Andre Biane, President and CEO of AIB International. “Stephanie Lopez has a provenMore »

The Campus Market

Denise Greer

In the next few weeks, colleges across the country begin their fall semesters with an influx of new students. And if you are located near a college campus, how do you marketing to this advertising-saturated, tech-engaged generation? Last week, we posted an industry headline about Push for Pizza, a quick, push-of-a-button pizza-ordering app created byMore »

Digital Menu Boards

Photo by Rick Daugherty

Walk the average commercial block and you may notice a lot more digital signage about.The retail sector, including restaurants, has seen a surge in digital displays. Raf Vanreusel, managing partner at TelemediaVision in Baltimore, Maryland, says retail is one of the fastest growing markets for digital signage. The QSR industry was an early adopter ofMore »

Turn down the decibels

boombozz interior

Breaking down noise and how to reduce it in your pizzeria   Recent restaurant design trends have leaned towards open spaces, high ceilings, hard floors and tables and lots of windows — all of which can wreak havoc on noise levels. Architects and interior designers think about how great the space will look, says LisaMore »

What a Day!

brian weavel

We had a crazy — but very productive — day at Pizza Today.  We started early in the day in the test kitchen.  Ah!!! In the kitchen … feels more like home.  We did videos demonstrating the Anna’s Carbonara and Flat Bread Pizzas.  We made Calzones and Italian Beef Sandwiches.  We went over all theMore »

Dressings: From scratch

Salad, dressing, honey, lemon

It’s summer — peak time for salad sales. Fresh produce is plentiful. Many pizzeria operations are accompanying those wonderful greens with commercial salad dressings. It’s easy and convenient to just order those big-named dressings. But, if you want to hear, “This is the best dressing I’ve ever had!” it’s time to make those dressings inMore »

Spinato’s Pizzeria, Phoenix, Arizona — Family Focus

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Spinato’s Pizzeria — family owned and operated for 40 years Meet Ken Spinato, patriarch of his family and president of Phoenix, Arizona-based Spinato’s Pizzeria, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in November. On opening day of the original Spinato’s Pizzeria in Tempe four decades ago, sales totaled a mere 69 cents. Ken persevered, building aMore »

Federal Pizza, Phoenix, Arizona — Federal Building

Federal Pizza pizzas beer growler

Craft pizza and beer meet mid-century at north central Phoenix’s Federal Pizza   Place — its physical environment, setting and surroundings — has inspired this young, flourishing pizzeria in the heart of North Central Phoenix, Arizona. Federal Pizza’s building and its neighborhood are its pulse and they center on its artisan pizza that offers unique,More »

Keep cool

inside, walkin, cooler, refrigerator, refrigeration

Cleaning and maintenance key to refrigeration care When Rocco DiGrazia planned the layout of his back-of-house operation at Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza in Tucson, Arizona, there was just no room for a walk-in cooler. Solution: DiGrazia opted to house the walk-in unit behind the restaurant, exposed to the elements of Tucson’s desert climate. “We areMore »