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2009 May: Commentary

2009 May: Commentary

We are now nearly midway through the second quarter of 2009. The pizza industry has felt the burden of the greater American economic picture, but the dismal landscape outside our piece of the foodservice sector hasn’t kept operators from moving forward. There is no doubt times are tough. If your comp sales are fl at,More »

2009 March: Checking In

2009 March: Checking In

Travelers, whether they move to their destination by land, air or sea, often arrive at their hotels roadweary and hungry. And, more often than not, they ask their concierge for dining recommendations. Which means you need to cultivate a good relationship with the front desk staff members in your area. For pizza delivery, William J.More »

2009 May: Expo News

2009 May: Expo News

I want to personally thank all the pizza professionals that attended this year’s International Pizza Expo®. Our 25th anniversary show was undoubtedly one of the biggest and best industry events ever held. We had phenomenal attendance, great exhibitors and a show floor the size of 4½ football fields. You could feel the excitement and electricityMore »

2009 April: Dough Doctor

2009 April: Dough Doctor

For some of us, achieving a crispy crust pizza is like chasing down that legendary Golden Fleece, but it really doesn’t have to be such a massive undertaking. Below are some tips to get you on your way: Tip No. 1: The protein content of the flour can influence the potential crispiness of the finishedMore »

2009 March: Falling Short

2009 March: Falling Short

Unexpected staffing shortages can make your life — and your employees’ — an unholy nightmare. If customers are negatively impacted by the reduced manpower, your bottom line can take a pretty horrifying hit as well. And yet, in this economy, where operators are focused on cost-cutting, encountering this problem has become likelier than ever. WhileMore »

2009 May: Marketing Matters

2009 May: Marketing Matters

Editor’s Note: Scott Anthony is guest-writing this month’s “Marketing Matters” column. Free publicity? Nothing is free these days — or is it? I know one thing for certain. When it comes to press, I don’t want my pizzeria just randomly mentioned by whomever, whenever or wherever. Ultimately, I’d like to control the image I haveMore »

2009 April: Expo News

2009 April: Expo News

This year, International Pizza Expo™ celebrated its 25th anniversary. Although the final numbers aren’t in, I’m sure it was another huge success with nearly 1,000 booths and 400 plus exhibiting companies. Year after year, we continue to produce and deliver one of the premier events in the entire trade show industry. In fact, the oneMore »

2009 March: Get Local

2009 March: Get Local

Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizza, an Indiana independent pizzeria that’s just over the border from Chicago, has a smart, eclectic wine list. There’s a rare Pinot Noir from northern Italy, a plush Amarone, a Spanish rosé. And then there’s a Riesling from — wait, Michigan? That isn’t as strange as it might seem. Over theMore »

2009 May: Pasta Primer

2009 May: Pasta Primer

This is one of my all-time favorite pasta dishes. The Italian word “carbonaio” means “coalman” or “dealer in charcoal”. This dish takes on that name because of its coal dusted appearance from the abundant use of freshly ground pepper in the preparation. Pancetta (unsmoked Italian bacon), the fat generally used to give this dish itsMore »

2009 April: First Course

2009 April: First Course

Some customers, when they need to cut their spending, order either an appetizer or dessert with their entrée, but not both. Brett Corrieri, corporate chef of MAFIAoZA’s in Nashville, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama, prefers that customers order appetizers. “Desserts have a lower margin,” he says. “For most desserts, the food costs run 50 to 60More »