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Dough Doctor: Dough mixing and pizza ovens

2013 May: Dough Doctor

Q: How do I know when my pizza dough is properly mixed? A: Most pizza doughs as we know them are under mixed in regard to full gluten development. The only real exception is commercially made frozen pizza dough which is almost universally mixed to full gluten development. For the retail operator, though, a doughMore »

Man On The Street: NY slice / artisan pizza battle

2013 May: Man On The Street

The streets of New York are in the midst of an epic battle. In one corner, the classic slice weighs in with its thin-yet-yielding crust topped with tomato sauce and low moisture mozzarella cheese. In the opposite corner waits a smaller, more delicate pizza baked in a showpiece oven and topped with hand-crushed tomatoes underMore »

Respecting the Craft: Food competitions

2013 May: Respecting The Craft

Q: Why compete in food competitions at International Pizza Expo or anywhere else? A: As an owner everything is done to my specifications and wants. It is rare that I am tested and that I am out of my element. There really isn’t anyone to tell me that I am wrong or that my recipeMore »

Cheese Encounters

2013 May: Cheese Encounters

I have been involved in a complicated relationship for 14 years. My partner is fickle, moody, unstable and inconsistent, but I can’t get rid of her. Because of her voracious greed, she takes all my money, squanders it and I never see it again. Unfortunately, my customers adore her and cannot get enough of her,More »

Move Over, Main Stream

2013 April: Move Over, Main Stream

As the Pizza Today crew travels the country and interacts with operators at events like International Pizza Expo, there is one trend that shakes the core of traditional advertising. In lieu of radio, television and newspaper spots, many independent operators are gravitating towards innovative solutions that bring pizzerias closer to their patrons and potential customers.More »

Ask Big Dave: Employee morale

Photo by Josh Keown

Q: I have a large group meet here on Thursdays, and they spend a lot of money. My staff gets bummed when they come because it’s frantic for a few hours. What gives? A: One of my customer service counter people turned to the kitchen and announced that four carloads and a tour bus justMore »