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2011 September: READY FOR THE RENAISSANCE?

2011 September: READY FOR THE RENAISSANCE?

Depending on how you look at it, this is either a horrible or a fantastic time in the pizza industry — the entire restaurant industry, really. Just like our nation has divided into political polar opposites, the pizza segment has separated into two basic categories: cheap pizza and fantastic pizza. No-limit $5 medium pies orMore »

2011 August: Ask Big Dave

2011 August: Ask Big Dave

Hey Dave, I currently own a counter service joint and am looking to open my second location. This location I’m looking to do more sit-down. So my question is, is 30- to 35- percent labor cost reasonable for this type of restaurant? Ryan Olson Montana I think in a full service operation, 30- to 35-percentMore »

2011 August: CHOP IT UP!

2011 August: CHOP IT UP!

In the Kitchen // Ingredients CHOP IT UP! Herbs and spices add panache across your menu By Pasquale “Pat” Bruno Photo by Josh Keown Familiarity breeds intent, and those of us in the food business are quite familiar with that duet of herbs: basil and oregano. Generally, our intent is to use them in everyMore »

Man on the Street: Beyond Neapolitan

2011 August: Man on the Street

How rare is your cheese? Has it flown across the ocean just so your customers could have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy it? Are your tomatoes culled from a unique piece of earth that has been designated right and proper? The challenges of collecting such ingredients have become marketing points, especially within the Neapolitan pizzaMore »

2011 August: Dough Doctor

2011 August: Dough Doctor

TIP: Be sure to use a wood or wood laminate peel for your prep peel. The metal blade peels are best reserved for use as oven peels. We bake in a deck oven and we are presently baking on aluminum screens because when I use a peel to bake on the deck, the dough endsMore »

2011 July: GREASED LIGHTING

2011 July: GREASED LIGHTING

For some folks, that layer of grease that drips down your arm as you eat a slice of pizza is welcomed. For others, it can be a major turn-off and a reason to go somewhere else for dinner. The challenge here is to create a healthier pizza by eliminating some of the grease (fat) onMore »

2011 July: FABULOUS FETA

2011 July: FABULOUS FETA

Aged a minimum of three months, feta is a brind curd cheese that’s renowned for its flavor and versatility. An all-star performer in Greek cuisine, the product crosses over nicely into the Italian realm. In fact, feta offers operators a variety of options when used on pizza or in salads, pasta dishes or sandwiches. InMore »

2011 July: Dough Doctor

2011 July: Dough Doctor

I’ve heard that there is a way to calculate the amount of dough needed to make any size of pizza. Can you explain how this is done? A: What you are referring to is the use of our old friend “pi” to calculate the surface area of a circle, and then using that number toMore »

2011 June: Dough Doctor

2011 June: Dough Doctor

My pizza dough gets too soft to hand toss after only two days in the cooler. What do I do? A: In reviewing your dough formula and management procedure, I see that your dough formula contains nearly 10 percent oil in addition to 60 percent water. This is much more oil than the two toMore »

2011 May: Valued Partner

2011 May: Valued Partner

Imagine this: never asking your sales representative the cost of cheese or the price of any other ingredient ever again. You quit the weekly dance we call placing the order. In fact, you personally delegate that task to an employee. You stop writing a check for deliveries. And finally your food cost drops 3 toMore »