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Jack Of All Trades

2012 September: Jack Of All Trades

Save on labor by cross-training employees For Mia’s Pizza and Eats, a small mom-and-pop shop in Georgia, cross-training is a cost-cutting necessity. “There really isn’t a time at Mia’s when an employee can claim ‘That’s not my job,’ ” says owner Clori Rose-Geiger. “We try to instill in them the idea that everything that needsMore »

What do your customers really want? Survey says…

2012 September: Survey Says...

What do your customers really want? It’s the single most important question a restaurant owner can ask — yet you could spend your entire career chasing the answer. Even with instant feedback on Twitter, Yelp!, Facebook and similar sites, it’s nearly impossible to sift constructive criticism from the endless pages of noise. In an effortMore »

2012 September: Safety First

Think of dangerous work environments. Factories might come to mind, but a restaurant can be just as dangerous. With hot ovens, knives and slick floors, your kitchen provides ample probability for minor or even major injuries. There are nearly 200,000 non-fatal occupational injuries in food service establishments each year, according the U.S. Bureau of LaborMore »

Lovely Lasagna

2012 September: Lovely Lasagna

Lasagna is a staple in many pizzerias and restaurants across the nation. It rounds out your menu and accompanies your pizza, pasta and salads perfectly. Great lasagna can be a feature on your menu that can truly set you apart from your competitors.It really surprises me how many restaurants serve less than mediocre lasagna withMore »

2012 September: The Payroll Dilemma

2012 September: The Payroll Dilemma

Show of hands: who enjoys doing payroll? Indeed, many pizzeria operators far prefer mingling with guests or making pies to the tedious back-office task. Yet, employees must be paid and payroll remains a necessary duty to please employees, the government, and the bottom line –– whether it’s tackled in house or outsourced to a payrollMore »

The Dough Doctor explains dough consistency

2012 September: Dough Doctor

For many operators, dough is the major challenge to making great pizza. Here, we will address some of the things that operators can do to produce consistent quality dough. Like so many other things in life, pizza dough performance can be typified by the old motto of “GI-GO” or “garbage in, garbage out.” Your doughMore »

2012 August: Million Dollar Independents

2012 August: Million Dollar Independents

It’s the independent’s dream: $1 million-plus in sales out of one high-performing unit. What does it take to get to this lofty status? Attendees at the pre-show Monday programming during International Pizza Expo 2013 will get their answers straight from the source—or sources, in this case—when our million-dollar men sit down for a panel discussion.More »

Bread sticks Dough

I am a firm believer of keeping things as simple as possible. For this reason, I like to use my regular pizza dough for making breadsticks whenever possible. You can divide your pizza dough into small, 2-4 ounce pieces, form them into balls, and allow them to rest on a bench top for about 10More »

Dessert Pizza Dough

How do I make a sweet tasting dough for a dessert pizza? You can modify your regular pizza dough for use in making a dessert pizza with the following changes: _    Replace the olive oil or vegetable oil in the formula with butter, or table grade margarine, at a level of 8 percent of theMore »