Author Archives: Mandy Wolf Detwiler, Managing Editor

2011 December: PERFECT UNION

Dallas might be known more for its Cowboys, barbecue and Southern charm than its pizza scene, but a handful of upscale operators are set on turning that around. Among them is Joseph Palladino, a restaurateur who –– with two other concepts under his belt — seems to be hitting all the right buttons with hisMore »

2011 November: RISQUE BUSINESS

2011 November: RISQUE BUSINESS

It seems all pizzerias start with a dream, but for Taylor Maia and his co-partner Gina Gochez, their four-unit company was built on more than just some family handouts and a prayer. San Francisco-based Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Company knew just how to grab attention –– and it’s a centuries-old idea. By pairing pizza andMore »

2011 October: WORK IN PROGRESS

Goat Hill Pizza sits high atop a hill in San Francisco, out of the hustle and bustle of the tourist-filled piers and the busy downtown commerce. Here, it seems, life is quieter. Co-owner Karen Monley carries a hardback novel tucked under one arm as she hugs an employee she hasn’t seen in a while onMore »

2011 September: SOCIAL HOUR

2011 September: SOCIAL HOUR

When Facebook was first introduced, the site was the online version of the Wild West, devoted primarily for collegiate use and of little consequence to a young suburban mother like myself. Fast forward a couple of years, and just about everyone I know –– including my in-laws, my 83-year-old great aunt and my friend’s dogMore »

2011 August: PIECE & LOVE

2011 August: PIECE & LOVE

“The love I feel can only be surpassed by the pizza I ate.” Those are the words etched in blue ballpoint pen in a bathroom at Piece Brewery & Pizzeria. If the restaurant’s sales –– $6 million-plus in 2010 –– are any indication, it’s the sentiment of more than just one graffiti artist. Piece, itMore »

2011 June: IN IT TO WIN IT

2011 June: IN IT TO WIN IT

Imagine your customers ordering their pizza not by the inch –– but by the pound. And the goal? Getting them to polish it off in-house for a chance at t-shirts and cash but best of all, glory. Such is the idea behind eating challenges popping up in restaurants across the country. Televised events, such asMore »

2011 May: IT TAKES A VILLAGE…

2011 May: IT TAKES A VILLAGE...

When Pizza Today rolled into Macon, Georgia, to visit Ingleside Village Pizza, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Macon is more college town than big city, and the area isn’t known for a specific style of pizza that garners its own attention. The existing restaurant sits across the street from its original location ––More »

2011 March: Catering to Kids

2011 March: Catering to Kids

When Ray Perkins, owner of Chubby Ray’s Louisville Pizza Company in Louis­ville, Kentucky, was approached by a group of Girl Scout Brownies to do a pizza workshop for one of their badges, Perkins agreed, even though he’d never really worked with kids before. In fact, his establishment is known more for game day excitement, pokerMore »

Long Island, NY – Tour the Island

2011 March: Tour the Island

DENINO’S We rolled up to Denino’s Pizza Tavern –– an unassuming pizzeria in a working-class neighborhood on Staten Island –– at about two on a bright Wednesday afternoon. A few regulars peppered the granite countertop, and we took seats at a high table overlooking the street. This is a no-delivery, cash-only place with a longMore »