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Sign Language

Pitfire Pizza, exteior, sign

Signage plays an important — but often overlooked — part in restaurant success   A restaurant’s sign spells out more to customers than just its name. It says who you are and what customers can expect when they walk in the door. Casual or fancy, kid friendly or not, pizza or more, a sign isMore »

Interact — March 2014

Slice of Hope chalkboard

Stay connected by using #PizzaEXPO #PIZZAEXPO Be sure to label all of your Pizza Expo posts on social networks with hashtag Pizza Expo. It’s a great way to connect with fellow attendees and get the latest on all of the show happenings. Search: #PizzaExpo  Pizzeria Tweets and Status Updates Beach Pizza @BeachPizzaLA Wednesday 7pm toMore »

Five steps to more informed site selection

Sedona Pizza Company, Grand Opening

When it comes to site selection, Samit Varma isn’t taking chances. At The Pizza Studio, Varma’s California-based chain that claims more than 125 units in its development pipeline, the company has crafted a proprietary algorithm that will help The Pizza Studio find top-flight locations for its fast-casual eateries. “Site selection is absolutely critical for us,More »

‘Move over, darling’

pizzeria, interior, dining area

Dining room expansion gives you plenty of options Eight years ago, when competing pizza chains choked his business, Jim Jacobs renovated his dining room, adding a lunch buffet at Pisanello’s Pizza in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The result was magic. Customers on lunch breaks crammed the place. Ironically, that triggered a new challenge: “People I knowMore »

Follow the Rules

pizzeria operations manual

Operations manuals arm restaurants with the consistency to compete After college, graduate school and work at a national pizza chain, Dean Koutroumanis returned to his family business –– New Haven, Connecticut-based Yorkside Pizza –– in the early 1990s armed with important lessons about the performance-driving value of systemization in the restaurant industry. Among Koutroumanis’ firstMore »

Beer & Bull In Print

2013 March: Beer & Bull In Print

One of the highlights of every International Pizza Expo is the open discussion filled with helpful insights, off-the-wall talk and plenty of beer. We call it Beer & Bull. Others call it an educational party. Here, we kick things off prior to the 2014 Expo with a print edition of Beer & Bull. Beer &More »

Trending Recipe: Polpette Alla Napoletana

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Polpette Napoletana, Goldsmith Wide

By Johnathan Goldsmith Owner — Spacca Napoli, Chicago Illinois 3 cups dried crustless bread, cut into 1-inch cubes, soaked in cold water until soft (mollica) 1 1/4 pounds ground beef, 80 percent lean 2 eggs, beaten to mix well 2 large cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese 1/4 cup finely cut parsley 1/3More »

Think you know Pizza Expo?

Pizza Expo 2014 Rockin_audience

Think again –– show pulling out all the stops for its 30th anniversary In case you’ve been living under a rock –– or stuck in a kitchen –– there’s a little event happening next month called International Pizza Expo. It’s actually not so little. 2014 is set to be the biggest show ever, with moreMore »

Satisfy sweet tooths with these dessert pizza ideas

cannibal pizza, dessert, pizza

Queen Elizabeth I was a down right sweets junkie. Her teeth became a gnarly shade of black, but because she was the queen, she started a trend. It was then that stained and blackened teeth were a status symbol of the time when sugar was first introduced and very expensive. I’ll bet if she hadMore »