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Fresh Tomatoes — Selection, Preparation & Recipes

PIZZA EXPERT JOHN GUTEKANST OFFERS TIPS ON FRESH TOMATOES -- SELECTION, PREPARATION & RECIPES

My first lessons in the art of tomato fanaticism came from an Italian chef and restaurateur named Bimbo. He looked like a tall George Clooney and I was just 14 years old when he hired me to wash dishes at his restaurant in Palatine, Illinois. Because of my work ethic, the cooks called me “Weasel”More »

Dinnerware – Single Use

2011 February: Single Use

Disposable plates and utensils may not sound like a good way to go in this day and age of green fever, but some pizza restaurant operators are saying that’s what their customers want –– and what works for them, rather than real china and metal utensils that have to be washed. For a more casualMore »

The Driver’s Paycheck

Photos by Rick Daugherty & Josh Keown

With 130 Domino’s Pizza outlets under his charge, Glenn Mueller signs plenty of checks for delivery drivers. The head of Gulfport, Mississippi- based RPM Pizza, Mueller, a 30-year veteran of the pizza world, has watched competitors throughout the restaurant landscape rush into the delivery business with little understanding of its nuance and complexities. And theMore »

Ask Big Dave: Getting up to Speed on Accounting

2013 March: Ask Big Dave

Q: My brother and I own a pizzeria and deli. We have been open almost two years and business has been OK, but not terrible. We are paying bills, payroll is covered and my brother and I are making money. I don’t think we are making profit; I feel we are making salary for theMore »

How well do you maintain your food costs?

John Gutekanst

The money captured from the sale of food is the epicenter of every restaurant’s monetary flow. From here, the flow starts as you pay off all expenses and are left with the reward of all your hard work. In 38 years in all sorts of restaurants, I’ve never had anyone tell me of a flawlessMore »

Dough Doctor: Get Wet

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Does water temperature really matter?   Q: I have heard you speak several times at Pizza Expo and I’ve heard you make reference to the need to control finished dough temperature. How do you know what temperature water to use to get the dough temperature you’re looking for? A: The reason why I reference finishedMore »

Hiring a Manager

2011 March: Hiring a Manager

In 1993, Tony DiSilvestro and his wife, Cynthia, opened Ynot Pizza and Italian Cuisine in Virginia Beach. “We were 24 years old and doing it all,” DiSilvestro recalls, operating a store with little more than hope, previous experience and used equipment. Within the first year, DiSilvestro had a revelation. Neither he nor his wife couldMore »

Floor Dance

2011 October: Floor Dance

With so many options available, upgrading or replacing a floor can be overwhelming. But, if an operator can identify the needs of the restaurant, flooring can be a perfect reflection of design and function. “Restaurant floors should be planned and designed with practicality and safety as the top considerations,” says Restaurant Consultant Aaron Allen. AllenMore »

Employee Stock Ownership Plan: Keeping Your Dream Alive

2011 January: Keeping Your Dream Alive

In the midst of the bustle of running your restaurant, perhaps you sometimes pause to remember when you first opened your doors. Do you think about that future day when you’ll make your exit? Barbara Gabel and Zach Zachowski, who are self-described “think-ahead types,” began to consider their exit strategy when they reached their earlyMore »