Features

vazzy's, pizzeria, owners, connecticut

June 1, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: The Original Vazzy’s, Bridgeport, CT

Better With Age Vazzy’s celebrates quarter of a century in Connecticut Bridgeport, Connecticut, may be a small town, but its region has enough room to hold Johnny Vazzano’s four The Original Vazzy’s pizza locations and several other Italian and pizza eateries under different names. (Total sales? A cool $12 million.) Opened in 1993, Vazzano, who hails… Read More

increase check averages, restaurants

June 1, 2017

10 Ways to Boost Check Averages

Every four weeks, managers from the 46 Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria locations scattered across the Chicago area gather together –– leaders of carryout units in one room and managers of the chain’s full-service restaurants in another. The managers look each other in the eyes, share data and swap ideas and best practices around operations, staffing and… Read More

Anne and Kevin Plaut, owners, Harry's Bishops Corner, West Hartford, Connecticut

June 1, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Harry’s Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT

Bring it On Second owners breathe new life into Connecticut mainstay Tucked into a corner of a busy strip mall is a nondescript pizzeria with a very big business. It’s the type of place one might overlook but once visits quickly becomes a regular. There’s a wall of deck ovens at Harry’s Bishops Corner, and… Read More

May 1, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Stoner’s Pizza Joint, Savannah, GA

A Family that Grows Together… Stoner’s Pizza Joint sets sights on new markets When Pizza Today arrived at Stoner’s Pizza Joint in Midtown Savannah, Georgia in February, the restaurant was filled with smiling people wiping down tables and counters and mingling with one another. Some were employees but most were family and friends who have… Read More

grand opening sign at Perfetto's Pizzeria Louisville, Kentucky

May 1, 2017

Grand Re-openings: Now Open (Again)

After construction or new ownership, it’s time to invite customers back with a big bash Whether an eatery closes for a week to expand, or for months after new ownership and a massive renovation, operators know they should not reopen quietly. They need to announce that the restaurant is better than ever, and they also… Read More

May 1, 2017

Destinations: Albany, NY

A look at pizzerias in Albany, New York DeFazio’s Pizza Opened in 1989, DeFazio’s is a wood-fired pizzeria where old school meets new. It offers seven crust styles: traditional white, organic whole wheat, organic multigrain, spicy red pepper, garlic and herb, Brown’s Brewing Brown Ale and gluten free. The pizza menu showcases 27 pizzas. The… Read More

April 30, 2017

2017 Distributor Directory

Your guide to the pizza industry’s leading distributors A A-Z Restaurant Equipment Co. 3804 Brickton Rd.. Princeton, MN 55371 Phone: 763-389-4345 Fax: 763-389-5787 E-mail: jim@a-zrestaurantequipment.com Web site: www.a-zrestaurantequipment.com Established: 1974 Product lines: Bakers Pride, Blodgett, Lincoln Impinger, Somerset, Colburne, ACME, etc. Service area: 11 Pizza-related business %: 30% Online ordering offered: yes Pizza-related items sold:… Read More

riverboat pizza company, savannah, Georgia, california style pizza

April 30, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Riverboat Pizza Co., Savannah, GA

A  California Surprise Riverboat Pizza Co. brings artisan pizza to the Low Country Meet Jon and Chacha Lyle. They moved to Savannah, Georgia, from Santa Rosa, California, to capitalize on the affordable cost of living and opportunities in the Low Country. The Lyles didn’t intend to open a pizzeria when they envisioned their cross-country journey…. Read More

April 1, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Five Points Pizza, Nashville, TN

On Point Five Points Pizza expanding, again, in Nashville Five Points Pizza has become one of Nashville’s top slice destinations thanks, in part, to a fortuitous drive that took one of its co-owners past an empty store that caught her attention. “It really just came down to good timing,” co-owner David Tieman says when asked… Read More

April 1, 2017

Pizza Today on the Road: Pizza Delicious, New Orleans, LA

Simply Delicious How two friends made New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood a pizza destination When you take less than $1,000 and turn it into a food city’s most buzzed-about pizzeria, clearly you’ve hit on something big. However unlikely it seems in an industry rife with failures, Michael Friedman and Greg Augarten managed to do just that… 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.