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 »

The 2014 Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Pizzeria Lola, Minneapolis, MN

Ann Kim Pizzeria Lola

How Minnesota’s Ann Kim conquered the world of pizza   The oven perches on its supports smack in the middle of the building. Central to the business as the sun is to the solar system, its magnificence is the clear and uncontested focal point. By design, everything surrounding it intentionally draws the eye to itsMore »

Congratulations Pizzeria Lola!

Jeremy White

Well, the cat’s out of the bag. Though the August issue may not be in your hand for another day or two, we made the announcement in today’s Quick Tips and have given our online readers an early peek at the cover article. Congratulations to Pizzeria Lola in Minneapolis for earning our 2014 Independent ofMore »

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It all comes out of the oven that serves as the pizzeria’s burning beacon.  Kim admits that, initially, she was hesitant to let the piece of equipment steal the spotlight. “It was really our architect’s idea,” she says. “He really thinks outside the box. He had never really designed a restaurant before. I would considerMore »

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Hello Pizza Pizzeria Lola

Hello Pizza   Hello Pizza is the sister restaurant to Pizzeria Lola. Owner Ann Kim recognized that the unique vibe at Lola would make it difficult to grow, but she also knew it would not be easy to keep many of her key employees around without advancement opportunities. Since she was a fan of NewMore »

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Many Americans wax poetically about one day owning a restaurant. Kim was no different.  But, what made her think it would work? “Basically, I love to cook,” she explains. “Growing up it was sort of a natural thing. I watched my mother and grandmother cook and learned from them. I developed my palate from them.More »