Makeline Marinades

Lemon Ginger Shrimp

Yes, you can — and should — make your own marinades The art of transforming meats, vegetables and fish is as age-old as food itself. Marinating is the use of acids, salts, enzymatic liquids, spices, oils and herbs to not only tenderize meats and kill any harmful bacteria lingering on the surface of foods butMore »

Stand Out

Breakfast Pizza, bacon, egg

Creating a signature dish takes thought, preparation   13 years ago, one radio broadcast changed the way I do business forever. I was still trying to eke out a profit from a menu with 28 toppings. I had a great volume deal and several specials that included discounted pizza with breadsticks, soda, cheese breads andMore »

A Conversation with John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza

John Gutekanst

John lets us in on menu trends and adding new menu items   John Gutekanst Avalanche Pizza — Athens, Ohio John is Pizza Today’s resident chef. He is an award-winning pizzaiolo, baker, teacher, speaker and author and has been featured in Gastronomica, Food Arts, National Geographic, Alimentum Food Journal, Food Network and Best Food Writing,More »

Trending Recipe: Pizza Zucca al Pancetta

Pizza Zucca al Pancetta

Winter is upon us, and a lack of farm-fresh vegetables requires a bit of creativity in the kitchen. The contrast in colors and sweet-and-salty flavor makes this one a winner. Try it as a special to get your customers interested. For more winter ingredient recipes, see The Big Chill. Pizza Zucca al Pancetta   1More »

Five fabulous winter toppings to heat up your menu

sweet potato pizza

The Big Chill   Winter is my busiest season to sell pizza. Unfortunately, this is also the time when produce prices soar to new heights and the quality of these veggies hits a new low. I not only struggle keeping my parking lot cleared and salted, but also battle with my purveyors over flavorless, waxyMore »

You’re bacon me crazy

bacon potato pizza

The king of all pork products is tops in pizzerias   As my wife and I watched a competitive cooking show a few months back, one of the judges tasted a certain dish and said, “Chef, I loved your dish but you cheated.” “Uh, excuse me? I don’t understand?” stammered the red-faced chef as theMore »

The Crying Game

chipotle onion jam pizza

Onions provide myriad of flavors, options The most underrated and underused topping in every pizzeria is the onion. I feel very comfortable saying this because the flavor potential of this glorious root can be a bold, tear-jerking shout or a sublime succulent whisper. The onion is what the lead-off shortstop is to baseball: it showsMore »

How well do you maintain your food costs?

John Gutekanst

The money captured from the sale of food is the epicenter of every restaurant’s monetary flow. From here, the flow starts as you pay off all expenses and are left with the reward of all your hard work. In 38 years in all sorts of restaurants, I’ve never had anyone tell me of a flawlessMore »