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Dough Doctor: Thick crust is par-fect

Pan pizza, International Pizza Challenge

Dough Doctor breaks down how to achieve an ideal par-baked crust Q: We are thinking of adding thick-crust pizza to our menu. What is your take on using a par-baked crust? A: If a par-baked crust ever had a place where it excelled, this would be it. I can’t think of a better application forMore »

Respecting the Craft: Opening Day

Tony Gemignani headshot

Three restaurants opening within 10 days — How am I going to do it? I am literally 10 days away from opening two new restaurants in Northern California at a casino called Graton. This is one of the biggest tribal casinos in the U.S. and we were selected to be there. There we will beMore »

Pizza Pillar — the sauce

2010 August: Pizza Pillar

No member of pizza’s holy trinity — dough, sauce and cheese — should be overlooked. Without hitting all three out of the park, your pizza easily gets lost in the crowded foodservice landscape. So why do so many operations simply open a can of tomato sauce and roll with it? In my opinion, giving yourMore »

Respecting the Craft: Know your demographic

margherita pizza

When I opened Pizza Rock II in Las Vegas, I tailored the menu very much like I did in the first store in Sacramento. However, I did add a few new styles. You see, I have a restaurant in San Francisco where my Neapolitan line is the busiest and my Margherita pizza is the mostMore »

Commentary: Know your market

Jeremy White

There’s something to be said for great location selection, knowledgeable servers and a top-flight menu that’s properly engineered and then subsequently executed by expert kitchen staff. With those elements in place, success isn’t too far behind. But, even with these factors in play, a pizzeria owner that doesn’t understand his market is nonetheless sure toMore »

Dough Doctor: Dough Management 101

dough balls

From start to finish, a sound process ensures a consistent final product   Q: I’m new to the pizza industry and I’ve heard you mention “dough management” in your articles and presentations, but I don’t understand exactly what it is. A: Dough management encompasses everything you do with or to the dough from the timeMore »

Dough Doctor: Staging ingredients impacts dough

2013 March: Dough Doctor

Q: I’ve seen any number of different ways in which the dough ingredients are staged/ added into the mixing bowl. Is there really a difference, or is it a case of just whatever you are taught to use? A: I think some ingredient staging procedures can actually cause harm to the dough while others mayMore »

Respecting the Craft: Down and out in Las Vegas

Tony Gemignani

Honestly, I have never been a fan of a certain nationally known food distributor. Early in my career I disliked their approach and practices when it came to their reps. Over the last 23 years I have always bought from independent Italian distributors. And I still do. Opening a new restaurant and going into aMore »

Dough Doctor: Dough balling, yeast and crust color

2012 November: Dough Doctor

Q: What is the best way to determine if my dough has been correctly mixed? A: While I don’t think there is a level of dough/ gluten development that is correct for all pizza doughs, I do think that for the vast majority of pizzeria operators mixing the dough just until it takes on aMore »