Pepperoncini: Mild Yet Wild

Pepperoncini Poppers stuffed with feta, cream cheese, mozzarella and wrapped in prosciutto

So-called Tuscan peppers pack a flavorful punch Pepperoncini come packing just a little heat and are used widely in Italian and Greek cuisine and accompany every pizza that Papa John’s and others serve to their patrons. Pepperoncini hail from Europe originally –– specifically, Italy and Greece have deep ties to this chili. They go byMore »

Get Busy

chef table

Don’t overlook restaurant kitchen design for maximum efficiency We all know that location, location, location is oh-so-important to our business success. By now we’ve come to understand the basics to restaurant success and that is, besides location, great food and great customer service at a good value. I want to take this time to breakMore »

Run Around ’Su — Tiramisu Recipes

keylime_banana tiramisu

These non-traditional tiramisu recipes are anything but typical “Pick me up!” Sure, that’s what your kids said when they were small, but it’s also the literal translation of tiramisu, because it gives you a “pick me up” from the coffee that is sweetened and soaked into the sponge cake or ladyfingers. This smooth and creamyMore »

Cut & Dry

dried herbs and spices

Dried herbs and spices can pack a powerful punch   That old saying “variety is the spice of life” holds true in most aspects, especially when it comes to the actual herbs and spices we use when cooking. Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years and are magnificent when it comes toMore »

Big and Beefy

Italian Beef sandwich

Italian Beef — the Chicago staple is gaining popularity   I’ve been fortunate to have worked in and traveled to many fantastic places around the country and I just love the fact that many different areas have unique specialty dishes that are known only to their region. It makes traveling back to those areas aMore »

Primo Pasta

primavera, pasta, vegetables

Get those garden-fresh veggies into a versatile primavera sauce   It’s summer, and that means a bounty of fresh vegetables are at every corner farm stand and are at their best price through your vendors. Some say there is a primavera phenomenon going on and I say it’s simply that time of year where produceMore »

Relocation: On The Move

2013 February: On The Move

When considering moving your restaurant from one location to another, there’s a lot at stake. As the owner of an established Italian restaurant here in Georgia, we wanted to make the right decision for both our business and our customers. Questions to ask yourself before moving: Have you outgrown your existing space? Is your rentMore »

Basil — Green is In

Basil

Fresh basil makes the summer rounds in pizzerias The heat is on as we are smack dab in the middle of summer. Although pizza sales are strong all year, you will notice that customers are looking for some fresher alternatives instead of or to accompany your pizza. Since this is the height of basil growingMore »

Calzones: In the Fold

2011 January: In the Fold

For those of you who have heard some of my advice regarding menu development over the years, you understand how important it is to maximize the usage of your ingredients. By following this philosophy, you will enjoy a lower food cost by not wasting product that didn’t get used before it expired –– all whileMore »