In The Kitchen

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 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 »

2011 January: Sweet Tooth

2011 January: Sweet Tooth

“Desserts are a missed opportunity,” says Jeffrey Freehof, owner of The Garlic Clove in Evans, Georgia, and a resident expert at Pizza Today. In our September 2010 issue, he called out desserts as one of the five things every pizzeria should be making in-house. His advice is worth repeating: “Sure, there are a lot ofMore »

2012 July: Presto Pesto

2012 July: Presto Pesto

The repertoire of Italian sauces is loaded with classics like Alfredo, Bolognese, arrabbiata, marinara, and oil and garlic. The one sauce that stands just as tall and is just as versatile is pesto. I was always of a mind that pesto sauce never got the respect it truly deserves, even when it is used toMore »

2012 July: Lower Your Energy Costs

2012 July: Lower Your Energy Costs

To ease the burden of rising energy costs, start by taking a look at your HVAC system. The unit not only maintains the current climate control in your restaurant, but it also controls exhaust from the kitchen. One way to maintain climate in the back and front of the house is to install two orMore »

Make sausage in house (with recipes)

Make sausage in house (with recipes)

Sausage is one of the most popular pizza toppings. Separate yourself from competitors by making sausage in-house. Customers will perk up when your servers describe house-made sausage with fresh herbs and spices. Create distinct flavored sausage to fit your menu needs by including fennel, garlic or heating it up with crushed red pepper. Try thisMore »

2012 August: Warm weather cold pasta

2012 August: Warm weather cold pasta

What could be more enjoyable on a hot summer day than a cool lunch? Do you menu seasonal salads and pasta salads? Many of the ingredients needed to make a delicious pasta salad are already stocked in your kitchen and prep time is a snap. Try the Mediterranean Pasta Salad. To start: Ingredients 1 poundMore »

Pizza Price and Size

Pizza Price and Size

Did you know that a 14-inch pizza actually has nearly twice as much area to cover than a 10-inch pizza? That’s right, believe it or not. In order to figure the area of your pizza (in square inches), turn back to your school days and recall that the area of a circle is ascertained byMore »