Quick Tips January 14, 2015


Industry Headlines for January 14, 2015   Sample to Success Of all the ways to get customers to order a new menu item, the best happens to be the simplest: food sampling. Foodservice expert Howard Cannon says it’s “the cheapest, most effective way to get consumers to try what I’m trying to get them toMore »

Fralo’s Art of Pizza, San Antonio, TX — The Art of Pizza


Texas couple bakes up success in San Antonio The art and craft of making pizza is something Frank and Lori Hakspiel take very seriously. That’s why they named their joint in San Antonio — now one of the city’s busiest and most-acclaimed restaurants — Fralo’s Art of Pizza when they opened in May 2004. WhileMore »

Critical Issues: Warning Signs

Blending Cheese

Sometimes, despite the most well thought out business plan, access to capital and a good product, restaurants fail. When this happens, any number of factors — in fact, it’s most often a combination of many — can be to blame. From poor marketing to nonexistent customer service to a lousy location, a few missteps todayMore »

Commentary: Just give me my pizza!

Jeremy White

I’ve had some poor customer service over the years just like all of us, but the most recent restaurant letdown still has me scratching my head. On the way home from a youth soccer practice recently, I decided to order pizza. Typically my family likes to eat in the pizzeria, but this time I wasMore »

It’s Fall at PT

Jeremy White

The Autumnal Equinox, or what we regular Joes simply refer to as Fall, officially arrived this week. And we brought it in with style in the PT test kitchen, where Managing Editor & Foodstylist Mandy Detwiler spent the day preparing a bevy of Fall menu items. Using recipes supplied by readers and our very ownMore »

That’s a Wrap

Jeremy White

We just put the finishing touches on the September issue, which was guest-edited by Brian Weavel of Anna’s Pizza & Pasta in Winnebago, IL. A lot of work went into the issue from Brian’s end. He spent time with me on the phone and over e-mail preparing for the issue before he ever set footMore »