Respecting the Craft: Wood vs. Coal

Tony Gemignani headshot

Every time I teach a course at the International School of Pizza I have students ask me if my coal-fired or wood-fired oven is better. After all, Neapolitan, Old-World and artisan-style pizzas are still hot right now and people are still taken in by these styles. For me, though it sounds like an attempt toMore »

2015 Pizza Today Menu Guide

2015 menu guide spread

〈 Winter 〉              〈 Spring 〉               〈 Summer 〉               〈 Fall 〉             〈 Menu Guide Home 〉   As you plan your 2015 menus, we know you want to give your customers a solid mix of both traditional and innovative. AndMore »

Stand Out

Breakfast Pizza, bacon, egg

Creating a signature dish takes thought, preparation   13 years ago, one radio broadcast changed the way I do business forever. I was still trying to eke out a profit from a menu with 28 toppings. I had a great volume deal and several specials that included discounted pizza with breadsticks, soda, cheese breads andMore »

Dough Doctor: Flour Power

Tom Lehmann

The Dough Doctor answers questions about flour differences and their impacts on pizza crust   Q: What is the difference between enriched and un-enriched flour, and bleached flour versus unbleached flour? A: As in many things that we like to eat, the most nutritious part is the part that we sometimes remove before consumption (asMore »

A Conversation with John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza

John Gutekanst

John lets us in on menu trends and adding new menu items   John Gutekanst Avalanche Pizza — Athens, Ohio John is Pizza Today’s resident chef. He is an award-winning pizzaiolo, baker, teacher, speaker and author and has been featured in Gastronomica, Food Arts, National Geographic, Alimentum Food Journal, Food Network and Best Food Writing,More »

Table Reading

upselling table marketing

In-store marketing can help promote menu items   Michael Durkin worries that his regular customers will get tired of ordering the same pizza every time they visit his two-location Durkin’s Pizza in McKinney, Texas. “One of the things I learned in the pizza business is people are creatures of habit,” says Durkin, who opened hisMore »

Trending Recipe: Blueberry and Apple Bread Pudding — How to

Blueberry and Apple Bread Pudding

Baby, it’s cold outside! Why not heat up your menu with an easy scratch-made dessert that has lots of potential variations? This bread pudding can be made ahead and kept for several days. HOW TO: Blueberry and Apple Bread Pudding 2 cups whole milk 4 large eggs, lightly beaten ¾ cup sugar 3 tablespoons unsaltedMore »