Author Archives: Denise Greer, Associate Editor

Gluten-free Goes Mainstream

California Pizza Kitchen

CPK launches new gluten-free pizza menu. In an effort to appeal to the more than 3 million Americans who suffer from celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities, California Pizza Kitchen has become the latest big-chain company to add gluten-free items to their menu. Pizza, in fact, including the company’s Original BBQ Chicken, Pepperoni, Mushroom PepperoniMore »

Extra Virgin Oven grows from farmers market pizza cart to million-dollar operation in Charleston, South Carolina

Extra Virgin Oven grows from farmers market pizza cart to million-dollar operation in Charleston, South Carolina

While working at a local, upscale Charleston, South Carolina restaurant, friends Ricky Hacker and Matt McIntosh had a vision. “We kicked around the idea of a wood-fired pizzeria and realized that we didn’t have the money to open a restaurant,” Hacker says. The partners pulled funds together to operate a mobile, wood-fired pizza cart. InMore »

Il Pizzaiolo / Buckhead Pizza Co. Atlanta, GA

2013 May: IL PIZZAIOLO / BUCKHEAD PIZZA CO. ATLANTA, GA.

I love this business,” says Sean Kelly, co-owner of Buckhead Pizza Company in Atlanta, Georgia. “I love pizza…more, I love the dining experience.” Kelly and partner Sam Abdullah have engineered the Buckhead concept around the dining experience. “It’s a fine dining look at pizza,” says Kelly, whose background is fine dining, while Abdulla previously ownedMore »

Il Pizzaiolo / Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, GA

2013 May: IL PIZZAIOLO / ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA, ATL, GA.

Giovanni Di Palma, owner of Antico Pizza Napoletana in Atlanta, Georgia, has created the scenario many operators dream of. Most nights and weekends, a line of eager customers wrap around the parking lot and down the block. Most Saturdays, Di Palma says, Antico sells more than 1,000 Neapolitan pizzas. The high-volume shop near Georgia TechMore »

Move Over, Main Stream

2013 April: Move Over, Main Stream

As the Pizza Today crew travels the country and interacts with operators at events like International Pizza Expo, there is one trend that shakes the core of traditional advertising. In lieu of radio, television and newspaper spots, many independent operators are gravitating towards innovative solutions that bring pizzerias closer to their patrons and potential customers.More »