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Relocation: On The Move

2013 February: On The Move

When considering moving your restaurant from one location to another, there’s a lot at stake. As the owner of an established Italian restaurant here in Georgia, we wanted to make the right decision for both our business and our customers. Questions to ask yourself before moving: Have you outgrown your existing space? Is your rentMore »

The Science of Servers

2012 September: The Science of Servers

CRITICAL ISSUES: Employee Hiring Retention Hiring right people can make or break your restaurant It might surprise you to hear Brett Steiner’s No. 1 priority for his servers at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Germantown, Tennessee: “School comes first,” says Steiner, who owns one of the 30 Houston-based franchises. Five years ago when he launchedMore »

Basil — Green is In

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Fresh basil makes the summer rounds in pizzerias The heat is on as we are smack dab in the middle of summer. Although pizza sales are strong all year, you will notice that customers are looking for some fresher alternatives instead of or to accompany your pizza. Since this is the height of basil growingMore »

Dressings: From scratch

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It’s summer — peak time for salad sales. Fresh produce is plentiful. Many pizzeria operations are accompanying those wonderful greens with commercial salad dressings. It’s easy and convenient to just order those big-named dressings. But, if you want to hear, “This is the best dressing I’ve ever had!” it’s time to make those dressings inMore »

Social media image sizing how-to

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc can all be a bit daunting if you’re handling social media on your own. It can be even more frustrating when you upload a dynamite photo only to find that the image has lost its luster online or you have to crop away a portion. You want the images that youMore »

Exterior: Putting Up A Facade

Davici's Pizza Exterior Facade

Attract customers with eye catching exterior Magic occurs when the wall between you and your customers disappears. That’s the slight-of-hand trick used by architect Ed Shriver for a perfect building façade. Shriver is principal at Strada LLC, an architectural firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “The best restaurant facades I’ve ever seen open up the wall, andMore »

One-Minute Operator EP1 — Kurt Zwanzig, ZwanzigZ Pizza

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What factors have led to you having such a busy lunch?   Kurt Zwanzig, owner of ZwanzigZ Pizza in Columbus, Indiana, answers this One-Minute Operator question.   The One-Minute Operator is a video series on PizzaToday.com featuring successful pizzeria operators dropping great advice one minute at a time.      

Places that Rock: Palo Mesa / Pizza Corner / Rocco’s Uptown / BOP

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New Haven-style Pizza — About Apizza

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New Haven pizza delights diners near and far Like Chicago and New York, New Haven, Connecticut, boasts its own pizza style. For those operators selling New Haven-style pizza, it’s more than just pie — it’s about preserving a legacy. New Haven apizza (pronounced “ah-beets”) is a Neapolitan-influenced pizza displaying a thin, crisp crust and chewyMore »

Spinato’s Pizzeria, Phoenix, Arizona — Family Focus

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Spinato’s Pizzeria — family owned and operated for 40 years Meet Ken Spinato, patriarch of his family and president of Phoenix, Arizona-based Spinato’s Pizzeria, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in November. On opening day of the original Spinato’s Pizzeria in Tempe four decades ago, sales totaled a mere 69 cents. Ken persevered, building aMore »