In The Kitchen

Foccacia Production

Lost Art Focaccia is a good way to “wow” customers The genesis of the flatbread called focaccia is lost in the dawn of history. Some food historians credit ancient Etruscans for having discovered how to form a dough into a flat round and bake it on a hot stone under a coating of hot ashes.More »

Wheat Crust

With today’s consumers being better educated than before, and having a greater concern for healthy eating, they are making more food buying decisions based on what they perceive as being good for them. We are seeing this in the growth of vegetarian meals and organic foods. For years, whole-wheat pizza crusts have failed to meetMore »

Calzones

Calzones Calzones are easy — if you don’t have them, you’re missing out From time to time I get requests from readers asking for a dough formula suitable for making calzones. The truth of the matter is that while you can use a specific dough formula for making calzones, your regular pizza dough will workMore »

Well Mixed Dough

The easiest way to judge if a dough has been sufficiently mixed is by appearance. A properly mixed dough should have a smooth, satiny appearance. Mixing beyond what is required to give it this appearance is just extra wear and tear on your mixer. If the dough is under mixed, the result can be excessiveMore »

2011 September: THE PIZZA TODAY GUIDE TO STYLE

2011 September: THE PIZZA TODAY GUIDE TO STYLE

NEAPOLITAN PIZZA   The original. The standard by which all other pizzas are judged. A Neapolitan pizza is defined by the ingredients used to make it and the way it is cooked. Special flour, tomatoes and cheeses must be used to qualify as Neapolitan. Additionally, these pizzas must be cooked in wood-burning ovens. The hallmarksMore »

2012 August: Food Costs Killing You?

2012 August: Food Costs Killing You?

Is your bottom line being adversely affected by food costs? If so, Big Dave Ostrander has this to say: “After I realized that I was leaving tens of thousands of profit dollars unaccounted for, I studied and achieved the perfect food cost month in and month out.  The biggest breakthroughs I discovered were: Placing in-line portionMore »

2012 August: Sandwich Pizza

2012 August: Sandwich Pizza

The idea of creativity, vis-a-vis pizza, continues to unfold. The challenge of taking basic ingredients you might find in sandwiches and applying them to pizza has become a subject of discussion. Why not give it a try? Philly Cheese Steak pizzas, after all, have fared well on many menus. What would you such a creation?More »

2011 June: PERFECT MARRIAGE

2011 June: PERFECT MARRIAGE

As Americans continue fighting the battle of the bulge they often look for healthier menu items that still satiate the appetite. Enter insalata pizzas, which turns ordinary pizzas into a more healthful bite by adding salad elements –– without skimping on taste. Insalata pizzas also add visual appeal to menus and on marketing materials. OnestoMore »

Lovely Lasagna

2012 September: Lovely Lasagna

Lasagna is a staple in many pizzerias and restaurants across the nation. It rounds out your menu and accompanies your pizza, pasta and salads perfectly. Great lasagna can be a feature on your menu that can truly set you apart from your competitors.It really surprises me how many restaurants serve less than mediocre lasagna withMore »