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caproccio salad

Fun and flavorful salads heat up summer profits With the summer months upon us crisp, cold salads are a must-have menu item. “When it’s hot outside, salads are one of my favorite foods to eat,” says Spencer Johnston, executive chef at The Churchill in Los Angeles, California. To move his dinner salads, Johnston has summerMore »

Pan Handle Pizza

PanHandlePizza

Pizza Today visits the Florida panhandle for a fun-in-the-sun tour of pizzerias JOEY’S ON THE BEACH In March, thousands of college students and families alike flee colder climes to enjoy Spring Break on the Florida panhandle. We decided to do the same and check out the pizza scene in Panama City Beach and nearby Destin.More »

Defying Convention

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airport pizzeria, nontraditional location

When it comes to expansion, think outside the strip mall Opening the second Pizzeria Piccola location, at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee last month, was a success — despite enduring a smaller footprint and catering to a new audience. That’s because the brand was firmly in place. Despite having just 25 seats, the new locationMore »

Tip The Scale

Setting a payscale and integrating incentives With four Blue Moon Pizza stores spread about the Atlanta area, Kelvin Slater cannot make every pizza and touch every table. It’s why Slater feels so compelled to draw and hold on to first-rate employees. “I need to make sure quality is coming across to the customer every time,”More »

Good Morning

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breakfast pizza

Should pizzerias serve breakfast? Tristan Kohler is the owner of a 24/7 Domino’s Pizza franchise in Dayton, Ohio. His pizzeria is the only Domino’s Pizza in the United States with a breakfast daypart. “We began offering breakfast pizza two years ago,” says Kohler. The college campus location of Kohler’s franchise grants a demographic that marketingMore »

Man on the Street: New pizzeria wish list

Scott Weiner

The wait is finally over. It has been nearly four months since I first noticed construction two blocks from my apartment in a relatively quiet Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s not that we don’t have pizza nearby — there are at least two slice shops within a three-block radius. But this new spot holds incredible potential toMore »

Dress It Up

Salad, dressing, honey, lemon

Make your own salad dressings to up the wow factor in-house There are two times of the year that salad sales in restaurants spike. The first spike is a short-lived one, and that’s the first week in January when people are making their New Year’s resolutions. The second one is now and lasts all summer!More »

Marketing Matters: Slow days

ScottAnthony_Experts

Recently I did a brief survey of some of my pizza pals across the nation. My suspicions proved true — business on Monday is generally half of Friday’s sales. So, can I take a ‘dog’ day and make it a star? Sometimes it is just plain hard or impossible to change people’s spending habits, afterMore »

Il Pizzaiolo: Pizza Rock, Sacramento, CA

2012 May: Il Pizzaiolo: Pizza Rock

Metal flames shooting from its artistic sign in front hint at what is in store for customers who visit Pizza Rock in Sacramento, California. Once inside, a real PeterBilt semi truck crashes through a wall hovering over its bar with a DJ booth spinning loud, lively music inside the truck’s cab. Balancing the wall oppositeMore »

Man on the Street: Expand Your Reach

2012 May: Man on the Street

I used to fear technology. Part of my problem was that I assumed every new gizmo would be a passing phase. It’s even worse with digital media — I avoided Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare like the plague because I didn’t want to put the time into developing profiles only to watch them become obsolete inMore »