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Man on the Street: The Name Game

2012 August: Man on the Street

Imagine a world in which doctors disagree on terminology for common procedures. Or what if plumbers used the same name for different sized pipes and connectors? Houses would flood, limbs would be accidentally amputated — there would be absolute mayhem. The pizza world isn’t in imminent danger, but I’ve noticed an increase in misused terminologyMore »

2012 July: Dough Glossary for Starters

2012 July: Dough Glossary for Starters

From time to time I am asked a question about a term that I’ve used in one of my articles. As a result, I’ve come to discover that a lot of operators are not familiar with the terms that I just take for granted. To help bring everyone up to speed on some of theMore »

2011 February: On A Roll

2011 February: On A Roll

Stromboli is a second cousin to pizza and a first cousin to the calzone. Which brings us to this question: how, precisely, does a Stromboli differ from a calzone? Well, in a nutshell, there is not much difference. A stromboli starts with a rectangular shaped pizza dough, while a calzone starts with a circle ofMore »

2012 July: Press Affect on Dough

2012 July: Press Affect on Dough

The way these two forming methods affect the dough and finished crust characteristics is quite significant. The sheeter tends to both put a lot of work/energy into the dough, sometimes even causing the dough to become tough and elastic like during the forming or shaping process. It also tends to de-gas the dough to someMore »

2012 July: Presto Pesto

2012 July: Presto Pesto

The repertoire of Italian sauces is loaded with classics like Alfredo, Bolognese, arrabbiata, marinara, and oil and garlic. The one sauce that stands just as tall and is just as versatile is pesto. I was always of a mind that pesto sauce never got the respect it truly deserves, even when it is used toMore »

2012 August: Sticky Dough

2012 August: Sticky Dough

Question: Is there a good way to fix dough stickiness without drying it out? A sticky dough can indeed create a sticky situation. There are a number of things that can cause the condition, therefore there are a number of solutions to the problems. Some of the more common reasons for sticky dough and theMore »

Dough Doctor: Big Time Flavor

2012 July: Dough Doctor

Want to pack a punch? Consider herb-infused dough One aspect of pizza dough production that just doesn’t go away is that of flavored or herb infused dough. A number of years ago, several of the big box chains offered herb-flavored doughs. Then a lot of the independents got into the act, too. The trend waxedMore »

Conversation with Robert Aversa, The Pizza Guy, Agawam MA

2012 July: Conversation

Robert lets us in on his simple menu, on-site garden and fresh dough ball sales The Pizza Guy Agawam, Massachussetts Robert Aversa and his wife, Karen, own The Pizza Guy, a small carryout and delivery brick-oven pizza shop in Agawam, Massachusetts. The Aversas grow a garden behind the pizzeria to provide fresh herbs and produce.More »

2012 July: Motor City Magic

2012 July: Motor City Magic

When it comes to pizza, what do three major Midwest cities — Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis –– have in common? They each have a unique and especially delicious style of pizza. While Chicago’s deep-dish and St. Louis’s Provel cheese-topped pizzas need no introduction, what exactly is Detroit-Style pizza? Let me explain in as simpleMore »

Man on the Street: Pizza toppers — Shake it up

2012 July: Man on the Street

I recently witnessed a serious crime at my local corner pizzeria. Upon receiving his slice, a customer proceeded to mindlessly dump the contents of every spice shaker within reach onto its glistening surface. Ever since pizza infiltrated American soil in the 1900’s folks have been customizing their slices with an array of powders and flakes,More »