When a ‘Seat yourself’ policy demands a host

Denise Greer

A “Seat yourself” policy works well for an average night’s business at dine-in and counter-service pizzerias. As a customer, you get a nod from a cashier, server or bartender to sit wherever you’d like. The approach carries a casual vibe. And typically table choices are abound on off-peak nights. But that “seat yourself” style couldMore »

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 »

Within these walls — Barry’s Pizza and Italian Diner, Houston, Texas

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  Owner Barry Childers creates the comforts of home at Barry’s Pizza in Houston, Texas   Barry’s Pizza & Italian Diner in Houston, Texas exudes a sense of home from the moment customers enter. From its interior to the staff, the inviting restaurant welcomes its guests. We experienced that feeling when Pizza Today visited Barry’sMore »

Employee outbursts awkward for customers

Denise Greer

When I enter a restaurant, I’m not just a customer. I’m an observer, a student really, taking mental notes on how my favorite places function. A regular spot for me is a neighborhood restaurant that also happens to have a wide craft beer selection and a quaint Old World tavern room. I often choose toMore »

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 »

Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria, New Orleans, LA: Old is new again

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Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria brings Neapolitan pizza to a revitalized New Orleans district What’s in a name? ‘Ancora’ holds special meaning for Jeff Talbot, who co-owns Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Ancora, the name means ‘again’ in Italian,” Talbot says. “We use that term in the sense of reusing.” The theme reverberatesMore »

Pizza Delicious — New Orleans, LA: From pop up to phenomenon

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New Orleans’ Bywater community helps make Pizza Delicious a reality Native New Yorkers Michael Friedman and Greg Augarten longed for the pizza they grew up eating when they moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, to study at Tulane University. After college, the roommates stayed, making The Big Easy home. That hunger for their hometown pizza hasMore »

UPDATE: Goodfella’s ‘Forkgate’ fork sells for $2,500 in charitable donation

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Update: Goodfella’s ‘Forkgate’ fork sells at auction for $2,500. The infamous fork that was at the center of the pizza scandal involving Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio’s culinary skills has finally sold at auction. The fork was donated to the Tunnel To Towers Foundation by the owners of Goodfella’s Brick Oven Pizza to helpMore »