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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 »

Game On

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Are video and redemption games right for your pizzeria?   People like to compete. They enjoy keeping score. Most are enthralled by the sense of achievement — that warm, fuzzy realization they qualify as “winners.” As former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi asked: “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” Make noMore »

Minimize Employee Theft

Minimize Employee Theft

We are in a cash business. We have cash everywhere. In the cash drawers, delivery wallets, petty cash box, night deposit and office. I wouldn’t begin to estimate how much cash has been stolen from me. The amount would probably make me ill. I can document close to a hundred thousand dollars. It’s been saidMore »

Sharp As A Knife

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Time to sharpen your knife skills? And by skills, we’re talking about back-of-house efficiencies and safety protocols around the most common foodservice tool. Knowing which knives work best for cutting different types of product, how to care for them properly and how to use knives safely can give operators a well-honed edge. Safety first. “TrainMore »

Respecting the Craft: Know your demographic

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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 »

Scrumptious Sandwiches

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Add variety to your sandwich menu   Do you ever stop for just a moment and realize how lucky we are to be in the business of feeding folks every day? Our routines can certainly become a bit repetitive, leaving us with that same old lack-luster routine. Trust me, it never has to be thatMore »

Loyalty Programs: In the Club

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The Greek poet Euripides said: “One loyal friend is worth 10,000 relatives.” Think about the truthfulness of that statement. Friendship is a relationship we are not born into but still choose to cherish. In the hospitality industry, we form relationships with our customers and treat them like dear friends. We reach out, listen and reactMore »

The American Dream — Fuzzy’s Pizza, Houston, Texas

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Fawaz “Fuzzy” Hajjar builds a booming pizzeria in Houston, Texas Fawaz “Fuzzy” Hajjar came to America from Damascus, Syria, to study chemical engineering. He worked his way through college in Chicago restaurants – first as a busboy, then waiter, then bartender. “I love the restaurant business more than chemical engineering,” he says, setting his careerMore »

Body Language

2011 July: COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN

You want the good news first, or the bad? The good news is that where it concerns pizza, customers are starting to make decisions based on factors other than pricing. For pizza restaurants that have seen their profit margins plummet due to the price wars that have afflicted this industry, this change is welcomed. TheMore »