Author Archives: Denise Greer, Associate Editor

What a Day!

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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

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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 »

Stop the topping overload

Denise Greer

Some customers are just like my father and say, “toppings — the more, the merrier.” But when that mentality is on your make line, it can scream disaster for your pizza quality, food cost and your bottom line. The other day I grabbed a quick bite at one of the new fast-casual pizzerias that seemMore »

Reputation Management

2011 November: Reputation Management

“Your pizza sucks,” signed an ambiguous online customer reviewer. Most operators can relate to receiving a similar review on one of the many user-generated customer review Web sites. It’s just sitting out there for the world to see when someone searches for your pizzeria online. There’s a buzz from owners who are finding online user-generatedMore »

Respect to the Pizzaiolo

Denise Greer

I spent my Memorial Day weekend primitive style, camping with my entire family in Hoosier National Forest. I wanted to do something special for them and also take some of the knowledge that I have gained through our pizza visits, in the Pizza Today test kitchen and through the study of our Dough Doctor TomMore »