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The All New Quick Tips Be sure to sign up for the all-new Pizza Today Quick Tips. Packed with helpful ideas and recipes to improve your bottom line.  Sign up at PizzaToday.com. PIZZERIA TWEETS AND STATUS UPDATES DC’s Pizza @DCsPizza Try one of our NEW menu items! Buffalo Motz Sticks $7.49 with Bleu cheese orMore »

Trending Recipes: Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

This eggplant lasagna is so good, even kids will eat it. (Just don’t tell them they’re eating their veggies!) Eggplant is hearty and filling, and makes this a great vegetarian option. Pair with a salad for a great full-meal option. Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna 3 medium eggplants Olive oil-flavored cooking spray 1 ounce dried basil 4More »

Stretch ingredients out!

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Use current ingredients to expand your menu in new directions OK, friends, International Pizza Expo has come to an end and what an exciting time it was! It just gets bigger and better each year. While I am busy with my involvement with Expo, you probably also saw me buzzing up and down each isleMore »

How to Talk the Talk That Brings in Customers

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Over the years, in my many speeches, I’ve talked about the importance of differentiation—the need to separate your restaurant from the pack and the importance of standing outby making an impact and becoming memorable in the minds of your customers. The fact is, customers only remember the last three to four restaurants they’ve visited. If you’re not one of those restaurants, then you’re forgotten. SoundMore »

Proven tactics in social media

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By Clayton Krueger Wow! Can you believe that social media marketing was not even a topic of conversation just 10 years ago? Since then, powerful social media platforms have risen and fallen. Others have emerged and earned their rank among the top-visited sites in the world. More importantly, these networks play a vital role inMore »

I Make a 20 Percent Profit Margin, and So Can You

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By: Michael Shepherd I recently learned that a profit margin of 7 percent is the average for the pizzeria industry. So, for every dollar in sales, only seven cents is left over to take home as profit. This means for every $10 pizza I sell, I should only get to keep 70 cents. My firstMore »

Pizza Crust 101: Selecting ingredients and making dough

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By Tim Huff Flour, water, yeast and salt – in the world of baking, these are the foundational ingredients for making most yeast-raised baked goods. Given these basic ingredients, a good baker can produce a New York-style bagel, a French baguette, an Italian Ciabatta, or an Indian naan. The same is true for pizza dough.More »

Harness the Power of Your Vision

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By Anne Keller and Jen Zeuner It is a gorgeous Saturday in October. The temperatures have been a perfect 65 degrees and sunny all week. The golden autumn sun sets on a bluebird sky as the changing leaves scatter in a light breeze. Our day is exceptionally busy one. Lines form from the register toMore »

The Service Command Center

Steel City Pizza Server station

Server stations keep the kitchen and dining room flowing When Aaron Baumhackl, chef and co-owner of Solstice Wood Fire Café, relocated the restaurant to Hood River, Oregon, in December 2013, he consulted an expert about where to put the server stations. “I needed more input from the floor manager,” says Baumhackl, who moved the eateryMore »

Get healthy with a variety of meats and proteins

Sundried pizza salad

Flavorful meats and proteins address dietary needs With more attention than ever being placed on healthy menu options, operators are turning to products that are made from healthier ingredients. I’ve noticed how much attention the Mediterranean diet is getting with its health benefits. Most folks don’t usually stick with healthy dining because it can beMore »