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2009 April: Pasta Primer

2009 April: Pasta Primer

I have dabbled with gnocchi for years, but I keep coming back to this one as my favorite. I prefer a gnocchi (called cavatelli more often than not in my family) with a chewy texture, one that “argues with the teeth” just a bit after cooking. Gnocchi made with potato will not deliver that goodMore »

2009 May: Ask Chef Jeff

2009 May: Ask Chef Jeff

Q: I want to add fried foods to the menu to increase sales, but I’m not sure if I should get one of those ventless, countertop fryers or a floor model fryer. A: It’s as simple as figuring out your space. If you have a hood and exhaust system and can fit a floor modelMore »

2009 April: Did You Know?

2009 April: Did You Know?

America’s restaurants are expected to generate $566 billion in sales in 2009, according to the National Restaurant Association. According to a PizzaToday.com Web poll, 38 percent of operatos say their “large” pizza is 16 inches in diameter. North Carolina has 1,880 pizzerias 69 percent of pizzerias offer catering. Carminuccio’s Pizza & Catering / Puget SoundMore »

2009 April: Simple Ideas

2009 April: Simple Ideas

Well Seasoned Did you recently get some new pizza pans or screens that need to be seasoned? Start by washing them in warm water and mild soap to remove any manufacturing lubricant or dirt. Rinse right away and towel dry. Then pass the screens through the oven to heat and further dry. Now, you’re readyMore »

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 »