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October 6, 2014

2014 Pizza Today Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias

Each year, we mail out surveys to independent pizzerias across the nation. Using their responses, we compile our Hot 100 list — a ranking of America’s 100 largest independent pizza operations (based on sales). This issue is eagerly devoured by Pizza Today’s readers and the list is a testament to the ingenuity, diligence and skill… Read More

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October 1, 2014

2014 Pizza Today Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias List

The following is a ranking of America’s largest independent pizza operations (based on sales) in the U.S. Find out who climbed more than 10 spots from last year’s list. Restaurant Name ’13 Owner(s)/Manger(s) City, State # Units Gross Sales 1 Marion’s Piazza 1 Roger S. Glass Dayton OH 9 19,627,512 2 Pitfire Artisan Pizza 2… Read More

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October 1, 2014

Places that Rock: Emily / Joe Squared / Transfer Pizzeria

Emily 919 Fulton St. Brooklyn, New York 11238 (347) 844-9588 www.pizzalovesemily.com Matthew and Emily Hyland opened this popular borrough pizzeria this year serving up what they call “New Brooklyn” style, a doughier sibling to a Neapolitan pizza. The pizza menu is broken down by sauce — The Reds, The Whites, The Pink and The Green…. Read More

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October 1, 2014

Interact — October 2014

#pizzatodayreader We want to see where you read Pizza Today. Whether it be in your kitchen or at home on the back porch, take a photo and be sure to use the hashtag #pizzatodayreader. It may appear in an upcoming issue!             Send Your Favorite Recipe! The editors are collecting… Read More

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September 22, 2014

Hold the Fizz

Operators offer alternatives to soda   It turns out not everyone likes soda with pizza. In fact, soda sales are down in restaurants, as consumers seek something new in non-alcoholic beverages. Operators are responding with everything from old standbys to new concoctions with fun names. Some people simply don’t like soda, and others disdain it… Read More

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September 15, 2014

Places that Rock: Empire Slice House / Pizza Villa / My Pizzetta / Sedona Pizza Co.

Empire Slice House 1734 NW 16th St. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106 (405) 557-1760 www.empireslicehouse.com This hip pizzeria made Eater.com’s “Hottest 21 Pizzerias in the U.S.” list this year. Operators Rachel Cope and Avery Cannon are under 30 and studied under Tony Gemignani’s pizza school. Empire has grabbed national attention for its unique, funky interior, featuring… Read More

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September 1, 2014

Interact — September 2014

#pizzatodayreader                   Social Media September Poll How do your 2014 gross sales compare to the same period in 2013? A) Up 1-5%: 18% B) Up 6-10%: 29% C) Up 10% or more: 41% D) Sales have remained the same: 0% E) I’ve had a decrease in sales… Read More

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September 1, 2014

Farina Pizzeria, Albuquerque, NM — High Desert Destination

[SlideDeck2 id=34778] Farina PizzerIa — a local favorite in Albuquerque, New Mexico   At first glance, visitors might mistake Farina Pizzeria in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a wood- or coal-fired pizzeria. The gourmet pizzas’ crusts have that beautiful char characteristic, typical of wood-burning oven. Farina’s menu even comes with a disclaimer: “Our pizzas are baked… Read More

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September 1, 2014

Back Road Pizza, Santa Fe, NM — Making a Connection

[SlideDeck2 id=34811] Back Road pizza brings its cornmeal crust to Santa Fe, New Mexico   Santa Fe, New Mexico, is known for its Pueblo Revival architecture. But Back Road Pizza’s warehouse location stands out in this Adobe-style town. It’s off the beaten path and situated in the front of live/work studios in the community’s Triangle… Read More

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September 1, 2014

Hidden Gems

Identify your staff’s talents to strengthen business, employee relations   Operators have an eye for seeing the potential in interview candidates. Armed with a resume, questions to ask and the most reliable tool — their gut –– operators usually know who will be a good fit for their restaurant. But seeing potential in the people… Read More

Pizzeria Operators Provide Real-World Tips

Each month, our editors visit successful pizzeria operators around the country to offer readers real-world success stories. Whether it’s a fast-casual chain in California or a small mom-and-pop in Pennsylvania, every pizzeria offers tips for our readers. Today’s readers know restaurant trends change quickly and staying ahead of the curve will keep operators competitive and modern. Pizza Today is the industry’s top resource for restaurant trends from pizza chains and independents.

Go inside successful pizzerias in America by reading our Pizza Today on the Road features. We tour the pizzeria and go behind the scenes in the kitchens. We sit down one-on-on with operators and key management staff to find out what’s driving their success and where the industry is headed.

 

Customer Loyalty as Important as Good Food

If you’re running a modern pizzeria, your goal shouldn’t be to get a customer in once. Bringing them back time and time again creates restaurant customer loyalty that is immeasurable. There’s more to a successful pizzeria than just good food. From a creative concept to on-the-spot staff and management, encouraging repeat customers should be a primary goal for any restaurant operator.