Features

March 1, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Pizzeria Paradiso, Washington, DC

DC Trailblazer Pizzeria Paradiso celebrates 25 years of staying relevant Capturing lightning in a bottle, for many business owners happens once, if they’re lucky. Chef Ruth Gresser has found ways to capture lightning over and over at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington, D.C. “I had an idea and I was in the right place at the… Read More

March 1, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza, New Orleans, LA

Jam on! Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza thrives in post-Katrina New Orleans When three lifelong friends open a pizzeria in New Orleans, you know the ride is going to be fun. That’s been the case for Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza, which debuted on Magazine Street in 2004. And while owners Greg Dietz, Ted Neikirk and Jammer Orintas have… Read More

March 1, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Pupatella, Arlington, Virginia

Making the Transition Arlington, Virginia-based Pupatella readies for  franchising Pupatella in Arlington, Virginia, has a style all its own. It’s not what many think of when they enter a Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN)-certified pizzeria. First, Pupatella is a counter-service spot. When customers walk in, the first thing they see is the pizza make line and… Read More

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March 1, 2017

Establishing Community Partnerships

Operators say they have criteria for choosing which nonprofits to support James Tzepos, owner of Zois’ Pizza in Seymour, Connecticut, fields many requests from community organizations to partner with them for a fundraiser or to donate money or pizza. “I get so many in the mail, or somebody walks in and hands me something and… Read More

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March 1, 2017

Unemployment Matters

How restaurant leaders can minimize baseless unemployment claims and the trouble they often bring In any given week, roughly 250,000 unemployment insurance claims will be filed across the country, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. And given the restaurant industry’s notoriously high turnover rate — as much as 300 percent annually by… Read More

verde pizza, baltimore, maryland

March 1, 2017

Destinations: Baltimore, Maryland

A Look at Pizzerias in Baltimore, Maryland Verde Marianne Kresevich and Edward Bosco opened Verde in an 1880s row house. The sleek, upscale eatery is cozy and casual, offering private and communal seating. Verde specializes in Neapolitan-style with a menu of wood-fired pizzas, calzones, salads and desserts. The pizzeria offers house-made mozzarella. Its extensive pizza… Read More

March 1, 2017

Baker’s Lung

What is the medical condition — and why should you be concerned about it? Last year, James Beard Award-winning pizzaiolo Chris Bianco recaptured a place in the headlines. The Phoenix-based chef, whose fame and following swelled in the early 2000s with Pizzeria Bianco, returned to the restaurant game in mid-2016 with Tratto, a tiny, strip… Read More

February 3, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Hot Italian, Sacramento, CA

Modern Italy Meets California Hot Italian’s concept, menu sharp amongst heavy competition We visited California’s Hot Italian on a steamy fall day. It was past lunch, but the restaurant was full of folks downing Italian beer and eyeing one another’s pizzas. With high ceilings, a loud beat and décor that leaned toward Italian cycling, we… Read More

February 3, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Sal’s, Ithaca, NY

Easy in Ithaca New York pizzeria has been a college-town  mainstay for more than two decades Ithaca, New York, may be a small college town, but it’s one that is decidedly comprised of foodies who are loyal to local restaurants. Residents and college students love their signature restaurants, and local restaurateurs love them right back…. Read More

February 1, 2017

Destinations: Hartford, Connecticut

A look at pizzerias in Hartford Connecticut Naples Pizza Opened in 1995, Naples Pizza is a family-owned and -operated restaurant serving Neapolitan-style pizza, calzones, panini, grinders, pastas and salads. Artisan pies include the Oozy Egg with house-made fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, truffle oil and two eggs. The Spicy Soppressata is topped with fresh mozzarella, hot cherry… 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.