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Ask Big Dave: The Artisan Movement

2012 July: Ask Big Dave

Q: What’s up with the whole ‘Artisan’ pizza movement? Sarah Matchell Des Moines, Iowa via Twitter A: In my entire lifetime of living in the world of pizza, I cannot remember a time like the present. Our industry is in the middle of a revolution. From coast to coast and around the world, cutting edgeMore »

Succulent Scampi

2012 July: Succulent Scampi

Elevate menus with this easy-to-prepare add-on According to John F. Mariani’s Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, scampi is a Venetian term that dates back to the 1920s. It refers to shrimp cooked in butter, white wine and lemon juice –– but a small lobster or prawn is preferred. Shrimp scampi first became popular afterMore »

Exposed

2012 July: Exposed

Exposed ceilings present pros and cons for operators In his new hip restaurant where seasonal artisanal pizzas are delivered from a wood-burning oven, Mike Isabella wanted just one thing: exposure. Isabella, who appeared on season six of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in 2009, opened Graffiato in June 2011, in the Chinatown section of Washington, D.C. HeMore »

2012 July: In the Zone

2012 July: In the Zone

Calzones are the perfect menu item to help stretch your ingredients while increasing the versatility of your menu. Calzones have been around for decades, and thinking outside the box (or semi-circle in this case) can yield some outrageous calzones that will keep your customers craving these hand-held creations. The options are practically limitless. A calzoneMore »

Cash Only

2012 July: Cash Only

Keep yourself out of IRS trouble No business is more vulnerable than a cash only business. Record- keeping is often sparse. Every day, there are hundreds of transactions that can’t be traced. The lure of taking money out of the till is great. Unless the company maintains a series of checks and controls, there’s littleMore »

Marketing Matters: Listen, learn, earn

2012 July: Marketing Matters

The venerable Benjamin Franklin is one of the most-quoted men in American history. His wisdom, it seems, still endures to this day. One of my favorite quotes by the statesman is this: “He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.” In my case specifically, I needed a lot of help starting my business, so IMore »

2012 July: Motor City Magic

2012 July: Motor City Magic

When it comes to pizza, what do three major Midwest cities — Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis –– have in common? They each have a unique and especially delicious style of pizza. While Chicago’s deep-dish and St. Louis’s Provel cheese-topped pizzas need no introduction, what exactly is Detroit-Style pizza? Let me explain in as simpleMore »

Dough Doctor: Big Time Flavor

2012 July: Dough Doctor

Want to pack a punch? Consider herb-infused dough One aspect of pizza dough production that just doesn’t go away is that of flavored or herb infused dough. A number of years ago, several of the big box chains offered herb-flavored doughs. Then a lot of the independents got into the act, too. The trend waxedMore »