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2009 July: Bring The Heat

2009 July: Bring The Heat

We’ve all seen those menus in restaurants –– Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese — where the heat level of certain dishes is marked by a small chile symbol. Usually, one chile is mild, two chiles means hot and three chiles, well, have a pitcher of milk handy to douse the fire. What in the devil’s nameMore »

2009 August: Commentary

2009 August: Commentary

Congratulations to Lou Siecinski and Mark Gold, owners of Pizza Shuttle, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We’ve named Pizza Shuttle our 2009 Independent Pizzeria of the Year based on their quarter-century of success. Last year, Pizza Shuttle was ranked No. 32 on our annual list of America’s Hot 100 Independent pizza operations with $5.75 million inMore »

2009 July: Il Pizzaiolo: Piece Out

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Bill Jacobs knows the economy of the United States has been ailing for a woefully long time, but there’s been no evidence of it in his pizzeria. Piece, a standout restaurant and brewery in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, finished 2008 impressively: sales were up 28 percent over 2007. So far, in 2009, Jacobs’ business hasMore »

2009 August: Did You Know? / Places That Rock

2009 August: Did You Know? / Places That Rock

According to the Associated Press, Pizza Hut expects to sell $ 1 billion worth of pasta annually in coming years Domino’s sells 1 million sandwiches a week. Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo developed deep-dish pizza in Chicago in 1943 Arizona has 1,135 pizzerias. Cloverleaf Pizza / Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza / Naked Pizza Cloverleaf PizzaMore »

2009 July: Keeping it Legal

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2009 July: Keeping it Legal

Of course, you probably already know that it is unlawful for an employer to knowingly hire someone who is not authorized to work in the United States. As a result of The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, you have the responsibility to determine the identity and employment eligibility of every employee hired afterMore »

2009 August: Eating & Education

2009 August: Eating & Education

The clock has yet to strike 9:30 a.m., but Shawn Crowley and a handful of staff members fill the kitchen of Hickory Tree Pizza in Chatham, New Jersey. The group has been hard at work for nearly an hour, making pizzas that local school children will soon gobble up. During the school year, the frenziedMore »

2009 July: Necessary Evil

2009 July: Necessary Evil

When Bill Poss, owner of Luigi’s Pizza & Fun Center, opened a bill recently, he was surprised to see the credit card processing fees were hundreds of dollars more than he had expected. “Usally it’s three percent. It was 3.79 percent. That’s $500 or $600 more in fees,” says Poss whose restaurant is located inMore »

2009 August: Expo News

2009 August: Expo News

The one thing that really separates International Pizza Expo® from all of the other general foodservice shows is that our tradeshow floor and seminar program are totally devoted to the pizza industry. In fact, there’s not another food show, let alone another so-called pizza show, where you’ll find three full days of pizza-specific seminars, demonstrations,More »

2009 July: Pizza on the Go

2009 July: Pizza on the Go

When Dallas-based Pizza Patron opened its newest location in San Antonio in October 2008, the chain called it its quick service pizza concept, or QSP. The restaurant has a drive-thru window and an outdoor menu board. Customers order by speaking into a microphone, then drive a few more feet to a window to pick upMore »

2009 August: Five Questions

2009 August: Five Questions

John Williams owns Rock Creek Pizza Company in Sandy, Utah. He is one of 10 pizzeria owners who will be taking part in an expanded “Beer & Bull in Print” question-and-answer session we’ll be publishing in our September 2009 issue. 09.09.09 is coming — here’s a small sample of what the “Beer & Bull inMore »