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2009 July: Did You Know

2009 July: Did You Know

16 percent of gift cards are never redeemed According to a Pizza Today Web poll, 52 percent of pizzerias serve coffee You can follow Pizza Today on Twitter / www.twitter.com/pizzatoday Montana has 278 pizzerias Giuseppi’s Original Store / Pizzeria Paradiso / Sam & Louie’s Giuseppi’s Original Store Hilton Head Island The Plaza at Shelter CoveMore »

2009 June: Dough Doctor

2009 June: Dough Doctor

Take-and-bake pizza is growing in popularity, and I constantly get questions on how to make it without preparing special dough. At one time or another, you may have been asked to prepare a par-baked pizza for a customer. What you actually did was make an early version of a take-and-bake pizza. Years ago, we usedMore »

2009 July: Expo News

2009 July: Expo News

Pizza Expo® has it covered –– whether you’re looking for new ways to create revenue or just want to fi nd out about the latest industry trends and products. Did you know Pizza Expo is the only industry event where you’ll find more than 70 industry-specific seminars, workshops and demonstrations, 450 exhibiting companies and 1,000More »

2009 June: Five Questions

2009 June: Five Questions

Tom Iannarino owns and operates Terita’s Pizza in the Northland area of Columbus, Ohio. Iannarino’s father, Gus, founded the restaurant in 1959, two years before Tom was born. The younger Iannarino grew up in the family business — which only offers carryout service — and personally runs the store daily. PT: Terita’s is about toMore »

2009 July: Five Questions

2009 July: Five Questions

Matthew Ptasienski owns and operates Windy City Pizzeria in Louisville, Kentucky. Located in an ailing part of the River City, about halfway between the University of Louisville and historic Churchill Downs, Windy City, as its name implies, offers its customers a taste of Chicago. PT: You’re pretty much a one-man-show here, right? MP: Pretty much.More »

2009 June: Give Me My Wings

2009 June: Give Me My Wings

What is it about wings? They have become so popular that I wouldn’t be surprised if some scientist is at work trying to figure out how to come up with a chicken that has four wings. It’s no surprise people love them — they’re fun, fast and qualify as finger food. But not all wingsMore »

2009 July: Marketing Matters

2009 July: Marketing Matters

You still standing? Congratulations. It’s been pretty tough lately, to say the least. The good news? If you’ve made it this far, you stand a good chance of surviving this downturn and popping out stronger than ever on the other side. As the weak players fall by the wayside, make sure you’re grabbing up yourMore »

2009 June: Marketing Matters

2009 June: Marketing Matters

Muscles produce force. Muscles create motion. Muscles incinerate fat. And therein lies a paradox. Most attempts at weight loss involve dieting instead of exercise. Successful, long-term fitness comes from working out, not from starving. Dieting is the absolute worst thing you can do if you’re trying to lose weight. Starving yourself has the reverse effectMore »

2009 July: Pasta Primer

2009 July: Pasta Primer

It’s that time of year when tomatoes actually taste like tomatoes. In Chicago, where I live, it’s not easy to get great-tasting fresh tomatoes year round. In fact, the window around here for vine-ripened tomatoes is open for only about four months of the year. So when those dead-ripe red beauties show up in theMore »

2009 June: Pasta Primer

2009 June: Pasta Primer

When I had my cooking school in Chicago, I had to make big batches of this pasta dish for the students because they gobbled it up pretty fast. The idea behind this dish is that the spinach gets “cooked” only from the ambient heat of the pasta, and that technique keeps the dish fresh andMore »