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2009 May: Location, Location, Location

2009 May: Location, Location, Location

Thinking of expanding to another location? Now, more than ever, intelligent site selection is essential — who can afford a hit or miss approach in this economy? Some larger operations, like Marcos Pizza, use site selection software. With 170 locations, this chain, headquartered in Toledo, is poised to open hundreds of additional restaurants. Their software,More »

2009 May: Pork Projects

2009 May: Pork Projects

The assignment: How to Make Sausage for Pizza. What kind of sausage? That would be my first question. Italian? Well, the assignment did use the word “pizza,” so I am assuming it’s Italian sausage. But wait. There are as many versions of Italian sausage as there are regions in Italy. Not a problem (not thatMore »

2009 May: POS-itive Thinking

2009 May: POS-itive Thinking

Megan Nicholson and her partners run seven high-volume pizzerias in Wisconsin. On an average day at one of Nicholson’s Glass Nickel Pizza Company locations, approximately 800 to 1,000 orders will filter into the kitchen. One POS misstep and Nicholson knows the trouble that could follow: a kitchen in confusion and frustrated customers none-too-eager for aMore »

2009 May: Protecting Plastic

2009 May: Protecting Plastic

When Mario DiBiase opened Brooklyn, New York’s Aperitivo Cafe in April 2008, he set high priority to customer convenience and security. Such aims are what led DiBiase to become a testing site for VeriFone’s pay-at-the table wireless system, which allows DiBiase’s wait staff the ability to run a customer’s credit or debit card transaction directlyMore »

2009 May: Run for the Rosé

2009 May: Run for the Rosé

It’s almost automatic: think of a wine that goes well with pizza, and spicy reds come to mind – Barbera, red zinfandel and, of course, Chianti. But why not think pink? Not too long ago, pink wine in the United States was looked down on by oenophiles –– mostly because it’s the same color asMore »

2009 June: Commentary

2009 June: Commentary

This past spring wasn’t an overly joyous time for Domino’s Pizza. In April, an employee at a franchised store in Conover, North Carolina, used a video camera to document her co-worker in the act of violating numerous food safety measures. The pizza maker — actually, he was constructing sandwiches at the time — made hundredsMore »

2009 May: Success!

2009 May: Success!

The state of the U.S. economy is no laughing matter, but pizzeria operators are serious about remaining profitable in the face of the recession. That’s the message that came out of International Pizza Expo 2009 this spring. Nearly 5,700 operators attended the 25th Anniversary edition of the show at the Las Vegas Convention Center MarchMore »

2009 April: Five Questions

2009 April: Five Questions

Jim Frye is founder of the Italian Oven Café, a spin-off of sorts from his original Italian Oven concept. The Italian Oven went public in the 1990s, but floundered shortly thereafter. Now Frye is resurrecting the concept in an abbreviated form, following the lead of concepts like Starbucks and Panera Bread. Currently, there are twoMore »

2009 March: Il Pizzaiolo: Pizza Plus

2009 March: Il Pizzaiolo: Pizza Plus

Often, restaurants go overboard when it comes to menu planning. From a laundry list of tired appetizers to a plethora of pizza styles and desserts fresh from the freezer, some menus can stretch into several pages. But is it really necessary? And can a pizzeria subsist on just a handful of favorites? If Sparks, NevadabasedMore »

2009 April: A Pizza My Mind

2009 April: A Pizza My Mind

When trying to figure out what it will cost you to open a new pizzeria, it’s important to remember that your menu offerings will determine your equipment needs. Simply put: the more you offer, the more you’ll need. A simple operation, for example, will only need one exhaust system and won’t use a deep fryer.More »