In The Kitchen

2012 August: Fryer Performance

2012 August: Fryer Performance

To get the best possible performance out of your fryer, follow these guidelines: • Use clean oil at all times. • Bring oil to the proper temperature (350 F). If the temperature is too low the food will absorb too much oil. If it’s too high, you’ll burn your product too easily. • Food shouldMore »

2012 August: Sangria Time

2012 August: Sangria Time

Summertime is the perfect season to introduce Sangria onto your beverage menu. Go Spanish style and offer Happy Hour specials with Sangria and a small plate menu. Try this simple Sangria recipe: To start, Ingredients 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon 4 ounces rum 2 ounces lime juice 1/2 cup white sugar To view the entire recipe,More »

Think Thin

2012 August: Think Thin

Tips for making the perfect thin-crust pizza Thin crust pizza is like the proverbial opinion — everyone has one, and theirs is the best. If you believe that your thin crust pizza is absolutely the best there is, take this opportunity to do something constructive like walk the dog, or empty your trash. Otherwise hangMore »

Choose Capocollo

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Upscale Italian meat sets operators apart from competition Let’s face it: When it comes to pizza, pigs are popular. “There’s nothing better than a little pork on your pizza. It’s a great ‘go-to’ meat if you want to add a little protein,” says Walter Pisano, executive chef at Tulio Restaurant in Seattle, Washington. While pepperoniMore »

Gone Nuts

2012 August: Gone Nuts

Have you ever thought there was something nutty going on in your pizzeria? It’s definitely some­thing to consider when it comes to incorporating nuts into your menu. There are so many varieties of nuts that can be used in various ways and in so many dishes. Now of course, nuts come in a variety ofMore »

2012 August: STAND OUT

2012 August: STAND OUT

Q: We are planning to open our first store soon and we want to do something that will help to set us apart from the local competition. A: There are a number of things that you can do to set yourself apart from the other pizzerias in your area, here are a few of them:More »

2012 August: Tart and Sweet

2012 August: Tart and Sweet

Balsamic vin­egar became the vinegar of choice for the gourmet cook in the United States in the early 1980s. Nevermind the fact that this marvelous vinegar has been around since 1046. According to Waverly Root (The Food of Italy), it was in 1046 that Bonifacio di Canossa presented a barrel of it to the EmperorMore »

2012 July: Dough Glossary for Starters

2012 July: Dough Glossary for Starters

From time to time I am asked a question about a term that I’ve used in one of my articles. As a result, I’ve come to discover that a lot of operators are not familiar with the terms that I just take for granted. To help bring everyone up to speed on some of theMore »

2011 February: On A Roll

2011 February: On A Roll

Stromboli is a second cousin to pizza and a first cousin to the calzone. Which brings us to this question: how, precisely, does a Stromboli differ from a calzone? Well, in a nutshell, there is not much difference. A stromboli starts with a rectangular shaped pizza dough, while a calzone starts with a circle ofMore »

2012 July: Press Affect on Dough

2012 July: Press Affect on Dough

The way these two forming methods affect the dough and finished crust characteristics is quite significant. The sheeter tends to both put a lot of work/energy into the dough, sometimes even causing the dough to become tough and elastic like during the forming or shaping process. It also tends to de-gas the dough to someMore »