Features

October 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Ciao! Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta, Ithaca, NY

Ciao!, Baby Long-time restaurateur brings Italian back to Ithaca When we visited Ciao! Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta this past summer, it was a late morning visit. The store was empty, flames from the oven were just about right and Owner Mark Campagnolo and General Manager Bill Oechslin were both on-hand to greet us. One by… Read More

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October 1, 2016

Pizza & Pasta Northeast 2017

Atlantic City, NJ / October 17-18, 2017 / pizzaandpastaexpo.com We’re coming and here’s why Coal-fired New York. Brick-oven Boston. Clam-capital New Haven. Tomato-pie Philadelphia — nearly every city and town between Portland, Maine, and the Potomac River features proud independent pizzerias and Italian pasta houses. Some are long-established and serve old family recipes. Others offer… Read More

October 1, 2016

Destinations: Augusta, Georgia

A Look at Pizzerias in Augusta, Georgia Craft & Vine This sophisticated downtown eatery focuses on sharable, tapas-style small plates and wood-fired pizza, accompanied by charcuterie and cheese, snacks, desserts and a full beverage program. Its pizzas demonstrate an emphasis on flavor pairings. The Titan features a peach purée, speck, basil chiffonade and Mozzarella di… Read More

September 1, 2016

Downtime Doldrums?

Rev up slow periods for maximum productivity Pizzeria operators live by the phrase “the guest comes first” and train staff to embrace the motto. But what happens during times when staff members outnumber your guests? For Scott Wallis, regional manager at The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen in Washington, it boils down to prioritizing more critical… Read More

September 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Zito’s Pizza, Anaheim, CA

Outstanding in Orange Zito’s large menu, longevity make it a california stand-out Longevity in the restaurant business is a dream for many operators. For Zito’s Pizza owner Steve Silverstein, opening a pizzeria in 1988 was a career change but not entirely out of his comfort zone. After years in food sales, Silverstein had tired of… Read More

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September 1, 2016

Let’s Get Social

There’s more to modern media than Facebook May 1, 2007: that’s the day we took our first step into the landscape of social media marketing here at Farrelli’s Pizza by creating our Myspace page. I remember that date well because it was my first day on the job as our director of marketing and communications…. Read More

September 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: The Pizza Press, Anaheim, CA

EXTRA! EXTRA! Clever concept, tight menu lay foundation for impressive expansion of  The Pizza Press In a saturated market, coming up with any new concept can be difficult. When your company chooses a popular industry segment –– pizza –– in a densely populated area, the task becomes even more challenging. We caught The Pizza Press on the… Read More

September 1, 2016

Destinations: Portland, Maine

Pizzerias in Portland, Maine   OTTO A go-to spot for adventurous foodies and pizza aficionados, OTTO has quickly grown to 12 locations since opening its first Portland slice shop in 2009. OTTO strives for the highest quality, local (when possible) ingredients and a creative menu. The Masher is a creative pizza featuring mashed potato, scallion… Read More

August 1, 2016

Pizza Competition

A roundtable talk on philosophy, standing out, and competitive analysis Competition. It’s a word that may make some operators lose sleep at night. Battling for your share of the market is a critical issue whether you’re in a metropolitan city of millions or in a small town of 1,000. Every operator approaches competition differently. Six… Read More

August 1, 2016

More Pizza Competition Q&A

PT: When it comes to pizza competition, I never… Jerrier: “sweat the small stuff”.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.  We are in this for the long haul.  Lots of competitors and copycats will open…and ultimately close.  You can’t make crappy pizza and stand the test of time.  Once people realize what a hassle… 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.