Features

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

April 1, 2017

Destinations: Delaware

A Look at Pizzerias in Delaware The Wood Fired Pizza Shop The family-owned business began as a wood-burning oven on the back of a 1956 flat-bed truck in 2010 before opening its brick-and-mortar location in 2014. The shop sources its produce from all natural and organic farmers in the Newark area. Dressings, desserts, Italian sausage,… Read More

March 1, 2017

Start-Up To Success

Origin Stories and Tips from 5 Pizza Entrepreneurs Everyone who comes to International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas has an origin story. Some started from scratch, some bought franchises and others rebuilt existing restaurants. Here we talk to five entrepreneurs about how they got started, the challenges they faced and the advice they have for… Read More

washing station, pizzeria

March 1, 2017

Keep It Clean

Sterilization a critical element to success Plenty of things keep pizza restaurant operators up at night, but few are more worrisome than the thought of incurring a pathogen outbreak. There’s good reason for this concern. “In addition to the human tragedy, restaurant owners may be risking their personal assets if their insurance policy limits aren’t… Read More

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

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.