Author Archives: Mandy Wolf Detwiler, Managing Editor

2010 October: Il Pizzaiolo: Lui Lui

2010 October: Il Pizzaiolo: Lui Lui

It was a cold, dreary day when Pizza Today visited Nashua, New Hampshire, last spring. Outside, a torrential downpour made the streets slick and dark. But inside two-story Lui Lui, the company’s oversized wood-burning oven took center stage, making the restaurant as warm and inviting as proprietor Eric Roberts himself. Here, comfort food, smiling facesMore »

2010 June: Delivering The Wow

2010 June: Delivering The Wow

America talked and Domino’s Pizza is listened. If you’ve watched any television over of the course of the past year, you’ve probably seen several corporate faces on the company’s advertising campaign serving up healthy doses of humble pie. In a series of commercials, Brandon Solano, the company’s VP of brand innovation, and CEO Patrick DoyleMore »

2010 June: Reinventing the Wheel

2010 June: Reinventing the Wheel

When Domino’s announced it had reformulated its pizza from the crust up, industry officials (including Pizza Today) took note: would the move simply be a bad decision in the form of New Coke, or would the American public embrace the new product? If the company’s 2010 first–quarter financial results are any indication, its new pizzaMore »

2010 June: New & Improved

2010 June: New & Improved

Few pizza chains –– or restaurant chains, for that matter –– have generated the buzz that Ann Arbor, Michigan based Domino’s Pizza has over the course of the past 12 to 18 months. With the launch of several new products, to a new president, a viral video scandal and a groundbreaking revitalization of its coreMore »

2010 July: Il Pizzaiolo: Hopjacks

2010 July: Il Pizzaiolo: Hopjacks

The sandy shores of Pensacola Beach, Florida, yield a plethora of dining options ranging from shaved ice shacks to Zagat-rated dining rooms. Seated comfortably in the middle is Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom. But this two-unit company, owned by partners Corey Fogarty and Joe Abston, isn’t just your average pizzeria. Here, you’ll find traditional pubMore »

2013 February: All Roads Lead to Vegas

2013 February: All Roads Lead to Vegas

Few people in the pizza industry haven’t heard of International Pizza Expo, the three-day event that brings together vendors, operators and restaurant professionals. The show has changed over the years, and 2013 is no different –– with competitions, cash giveaways, business-boosting seminars and a show floor filled with products, there’s more to see and doMore »

2010 January: Il Pizzaiolo: Pizza Pantry

2010 January: Il Pizzaiolo: Pizza Pantry

Corfu, New York-based Pizza Pantry isn’t your typical pizzeria set amidst a strip mall in a bustling suburb. Being one of just a handful of restaurants in the area, having a captive audience affords the pizzeria annual sales many single-unit operators only dream of. And with a recent move to a larger building, it’s safeMore »

Il Pizzaiolo: Pi-zzeria

2012 December: IL Pizzaiolo: Pi-zzeria

Drive up the Virginia beach coast, and just about every block is peppered with at least one pizzeria, full-service restaurant, bar and shake shack. That’s a lot of white noise to wade through, but Pi-zzeria, with sales at $1.2 million annually, seems to have found its voice. The full-service pizzeria launched in 2003 is partMore »