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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 »

Deep-Dish Pizza Dough

I’m a newcomer to the pizza business. I’ve been experimenting making a deep-dish pizza in addition to my regular thin crust pizza. The thin crust pizza comes out really well, but the deep-dish pizza is always too tough and chewy. What’s going on? The term “pizza flour” became synonymous with a strong, high protein flourMore »

Dough for Grilled Pizza

I want to try my hand at grilled pizzas. I know the dough has to be extremely cracker-thin to do so, but I don’t know how to get my dough that thin without tearing it. To achieve a very thin dough characteristic, without the dough tearing during shaping, start off with a high-protein pizza flour.More »

2012 August: Sangria Time

2012 August: Sangria Time

Summertime is the perfect season to introduce Sangria onto your beverage menu. Go Spanish style and offer Happy Hour specials with Sangria and a small plate menu. Try this simple Sangria recipe: To start, Ingredients 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon 4 ounces rum 2 ounces lime juice 1/2 cup white sugar To view the entire recipe,More »

2012 August: Fryer Performance

2012 August: Fryer Performance

To get the best possible performance out of your fryer, follow these guidelines: • Use clean oil at all times. • Bring oil to the proper temperature (350 F). If the temperature is too low the food will absorb too much oil. If it’s too high, you’ll burn your product too easily. • Food shouldMore »

Targeting Teens

Targeting Teens

By the end of next year, there will be 35 million teenagers in the United States. At the peak of the baby boom, there were 33 million. And, what’s more — today’s teens have more disposable income than any other generation of teens had. Luckily, teens love pizza, so attracting them shouldn’t be all thatMore »

Think Thin

2012 August: Think Thin

Tips for making the perfect thin-crust pizza Thin crust pizza is like the proverbial opinion — everyone has one, and theirs is the best. If you believe that your thin crust pizza is absolutely the best there is, take this opportunity to do something constructive like walk the dog, or empty your trash. Otherwise hangMore »

2012 August: Frequent Diners

2012 August: Frequent Diners

Here are some tips for setting up your own frequent-diner program: • Train your employees about the importance of your frequent diner program. Offer incentives to employees who sign up the most customers. Also train them to remind the customer to present any type of loyalty card during the transaction to ensure customers remember. •More »