Throwback Thursday: Pizza delivery by air in April 1993

Mandy Detwiler

Our April 1993 issue was devoted to delivery, which may or may compromise a large part of your own business. In that issue, rocket scientist (really!), skydiver, video producer and professional stunt man Joe Jennings decided he wanted to add pizza delivery to his repertoire of advertising avenues. Jennings, the son of an Imo’s PizzaMore »

Throwback Thursday: Pizza Today visits … Greenland?

Mandy Detwiler

In February 1993, this memorable cover featured our  Gerry & Kaye Durnell (left) with a team of pizzaiolos making one heckuva delivery … to Greenland. The Durnells were attempting to make one of the longest pizza deliveries ever –– and they documented their journey from start to finish. The campaign, dubbed “A Slice of Home,”More »

Throwback Thursday: Working Lunch in April 200

Mandy Detwiler

I’m sometimes amazed when I visit a pizzeria and learn it isn’t open for lunch. Is prep so overwhelming that they’re not able to handle two day parts? Is business just so good that it’s not needed? Is there simply not enough lunch business to necessitate being staffed and prepped? In April 2000, then Editor-in-ChiefMore »

Throwback Thursday: Cheese Prices in October 2001

Mandy Detwiler

The cost of cheese: it’s the bane of many a pizzeria’s existence. No better illustration could express this than our October 2001 cover (that’s a former employee, by the way). Cheese prices are one of the biggest issues facing our industry. Editor in Chief Jeremy W. examined how the current spike in this cheesy ingredientMore »

Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Sells in January 2000

Mandy Detwiler

In January 2000, we put Fran Drescher on the cover. (It probably seemed like a good idea at the time …) The focus of that issue was a look at how celebs sell. We took a look at how Drescher, along with Donald Trump and Spike Lee, were used by Pizza Hut to tout theMore »

NYPD Pizza to open new location this summer in Tempe’s Mill Avenue District

PHOENIX (March 18, 2014) – NYPD Pizza, a locally owned and operated family pizza kitchen, signed a lease this week to open its 11th location in the heart of downtown Tempe. The newest NYPD Pizza restaurant will open this summer at the Northwest corner of 3rd Street and Mill Avenue (222 S. Mill Avenue, #127,More »

Middle East expansion continues for Villa Enterprises in Egypt, UAE

Villa Enterprises (, a multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor, is expanding its footprint in the Middle East with the grand opening of its Villa Italian Kitchen and South Philly Steaks & Fries brands at the Alexandria City Centre in Egypt. The openings are part of exclusive franchise development deals with local franchisees, Sherief Sobh andMore »

Little Caesars offers basektball tournament special

DETROIT, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Little Caesars is offering basketball fans a chance to score with a free lunch at participating Little Caesars restaurants on Monday, April 7. If any 16-seeded team beats a 1-seeded team in a crazy, unexpected victory in the games played on March 20 and 21 of the 2014 collegeMore »

Throwback Thursday: Pizza Festiva in October 1992

Mandy Detwiler

If you’ve never attended an International Pizza Expo before, you’re probably unaware of the myriad of competitions that take place during the four-day event. One of the most popular is the International Pizza Challenge, a culinary competition pitting pizzerias’ top sellers against one another in a battle for taste supremacy. I emceed the challenge forMore »