In The Kitchen

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 »

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 »

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 »

2012 August: Sticky Dough

2012 August: Sticky Dough

Question: Is there a good way to fix dough stickiness without drying it out? A sticky dough can indeed create a sticky situation. There are a number of things that can cause the condition, therefore there are a number of solutions to the problems. Some of the more common reasons for sticky dough and theMore »

Blending Cheese

Blending Cheese

Mix it up with your cheese. The flavor profile of each cheese commonly found in pizzerias can be put together to create unique combinations. Try these combinations (in a 50-50 mix unless otherwise noted): • Mozzarella and provolone • Mozzarella and fontina • Fresh mozzarella and Parmesan • Mozzarella, fontina, Asiago, Parmesan (basic four-cheese blend,More »

Dough Doctor: Big Time Flavor

2012 July: Dough Doctor

Want to pack a punch? Consider herb-infused dough One aspect of pizza dough production that just doesn’t go away is that of flavored or herb infused dough. A number of years ago, several of the big box chains offered herb-flavored doughs. Then a lot of the independents got into the act, too. The trend waxedMore »

2012 July: Motor City Magic

2012 July: Motor City Magic

When it comes to pizza, what do three major Midwest cities — Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis –– have in common? They each have a unique and especially delicious style of pizza. While Chicago’s deep-dish and St. Louis’s Provel cheese-topped pizzas need no introduction, what exactly is Detroit-Style pizza? Let me explain in as simpleMore »