Author Archives: Denise Greer, Associate Editor

Pizza got game

Denise Greer

Last week’s Pizza Headline about New Zealand-based Hell Pizza and its rabbit-pelt covered billboard sparked my curiosity about game and alternative meats. Rabbit meat is so plentiful in the region that it became a viable pizza topping for Hell Pizza’s LTO specialty pizza. Alternative and game meats are not new to restaurant menus. With beefMore »

The American Dream — Fuzzy’s Pizza, Houston, Texas

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Fawaz “Fuzzy” Hajjar builds a booming pizzeria in Houston, Texas Fawaz “Fuzzy” Hajjar came to America from Damascus, Syria, to study chemical engineering. He worked his way through college in Chicago restaurants – first as a busboy, then waiter, then bartender. “I love the restaurant business more than chemical engineering,” he says, setting his careerMore »

No more slimy mushrooms on pizza

Denise Greer

Perhaps, I might be a bit finicky about mushrooms. Growing up in eastern Indiana, spring meant morel-hunting season. Each year, my family would set off into the soggy woods scouring under dead trees and downed limbs in search of these treasured cone-shape fungi with its intense, meaty flavor. Wild morels set the bar pretty highMore »

Now serving: Adding a bar

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Incorporating the sell of alcohol into a pizzeria operation comes with obstacles, but the rewards may be too big to ignore its revenue potential. Darryl Meadows, co-owner of Manhattan Pie Company in Georgetown, Texas, sought to add a bar long before it become a reality in May 2012. But, Texas had rules against bars beingMore »

How to get media coverage

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PR pros offer tips on getting media coverage There’s no magic formula to generate media attention for your pizzeria. The media’s perception — or even awareness — of your pizzeria is driven by your restaurant’s word-of-mouth reputation that you’ve built on quality and service. The same vigor, persistence and follow-through can lead to getting yourMore »