2014 Pizza Today Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias

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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 skillMore »

2014 Pizza Today Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias List

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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 2More »

Places that Rock: Emily / Joe Squared / Transfer Pizzeria

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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.More »

Hold the Fizz

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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 itMore »

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

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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, featuringMore »

Farina Pizzeria, Albuquerque, NM — High Desert Destination

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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 in extremelyMore »

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

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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 District. OneMore »

Hidden Gems

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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 peopleMore »