The 2013 Independent Pizzeria of the Year is Pitfire Artisan Pizza

Paul Hibler, Pitfire Artisan Pizza

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a bright summer day –– not unusual for the California coastline –– and the folks at Pitfire Artisan Pizza in Costa Mesa are already hard at work. The front door is open to let in the breeze, and an employee stands on a ladder washing windows while another mans the wood-firedMore »

Throwback Thursday: New York Pizza in February 1988

Mandy Detwiler

Hey, 1988! Our February cover story that year was New York pizza. Every legit pizza magazine (hey, there’s really only one, right?) has to have the perennial history-of-pizza-in-the-US story, and all roads led to New York City in this issue. Gennaro Lombardi is generally credited for opening the first American pizzeria way back in 1905.More »

Domino’s Pizza celebrates new year with 50 percent off pizza deal

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is already giving customers something to celebrate in 2014 –– 50 percent off menu-priced pizza. Domino’s is offering half off the menu-price of all pizza orders placed online for an entire week, beginning today and runningMore »

Throwback Thursday: Puck on Pizza in November 1987

Mandy Detwiler

In 1987, Wolfgang Puck was just about as big a name as you could get in the culinary world. And we did … Puck headlined “The Breakfast of Champions” at International Pizza Expo in December of that year. Puck is largely credited for making pizza a star at his L.A. restaurant, Spago. His signature dish, aMore »

NYPD Pizzeria named top pizza chain pick by national magazine

ORLANDO, FL – Jan 8, 2014 – NYPD Pizza, an authentic New York style pizzeria, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, has been listed in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine as one of its top picks for breakout pizza franchises. “It’s an honor to be recognized with industry elites,” stated Paul Russo, owner and founder ofMore »

The Middleby Corporation acquires Market Forge Industries, Inc.

ELGIN, Ill. (January 6, 2014) — The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD) has announced the acquisition of the assets of Market Forge Industries, Inc. (“Market Forge”), a leading manufacturer of steam cooking equipment for the foodservice industry. The product offerings of Market Forge include countertop steamers, kettles and braising pans used by leading restaurants and foodserviceMore »

Motorino carves place in New York pizza scene

Motorino, New York, New York

There’s no doubt that New York City is one of the pizza capitals of the world, perhaps best known for its large, foldable slices. But there’s a not-so-quiet movement to bring Neapolitan pizza to the forefront of that scene, and leading the pack is five-year-old Motorino. Given its brevity in the industry, what is perhapsMore »

Globe Introduces Brian Bohm as national service manager

Globe Food Equipment Company (Dayton, Ohio) is pleased to announce Brian Bohm has joined Globe as National Service Manager. Bohm joined Globe with over 15 years of service experience in industrial equipment support. He most recently worked as Service Manager with Baumer HHS Corporation. Baumer manufactures industrial gluing and quality control equipment for the packaging and corrugated industries.More »

Do you have a winter weather contingency plan?

Mandy Detwiler

Hey, Mother Nature — time to give it a rest. Winter storms can be a nightmare. From hazardous road conditions to impassable parking lots and power loss, they can wreak havoc on business owners. Winter Storm Hercules, which passed through last week, and Ion, which is hitting much of the East Coast this week, areMore »

Throwback Thursday: Exotic Sauces in August 1985

Mandy Detwiler

Throwback Thursday: In 1985, pizza was still very much traditional. Red tomato sauce, sausage, green peppers, pepperoni and mushrooms ruled the prep table. Still, we saw a trend that year in artisan pizzas. Whole grain crusts, wood-fired ovens and sauces –– shocking! –– without tomatoes were meekly positioning themselves in the industry. That issue, weMore »