Features

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June 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Brick Oven Pizzeria, Lexington, KY

Loud and Proud Hard work, dedication helps Kentucky-based Brick Oven Pizzeria succeed Tim Kolenda didn’t start his Lexington, Kentucky, pizzeria on a whim. After spending his formative years working for a pizza franchise, Kolenda tired of corporate policies and a half-hearted product. Simply put, he thought he could do better. In February 2012, with the… Read More

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June 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Goodfellas Pizzeria, Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Boys Kentucky-based Goodfellas Pizzeria growth 10 years in the making There’s a reason Alex Coats and Eric Boggs wanted us to meet at their pizzeria’s original location more than an hour before opening. Just minutes after Goodfellas’ OPEN sign lit, we were dancing around customer after customer in the 950-square-foot pizzeria, and the line… Read More

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May 1, 2016

A pizza party for the ages

The largest Pizza Expo rocks Las Vegas International Pizza Expo lit up Las Vegas March 7-10, 2016, with the world’s biggest pizzeria convention. More than 460 exhibitors showcased services and wares in more than 1,000 exhibiting spaces to 11,500 operators and industry professionals. The show’s educational program kicked off Monday, March 7, with seminars geared… Read More

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May 1, 2016

The Fast Casual Pizza Boom

Still just a bit player in the nation’s overall pizza scene, fast casual pizza players are poised to become an industry force Standing on the back deck of his Atlanta home in 2008, Matt Andrew had an epiphany. Readying for his next entrepreneurial adventure after successfully launching the Moe’s Southwest Grill chain, Andrew questioned why… Read More

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May 1, 2016

Indie look at fast-casual pizza

Local pizza concepts become fast-casual players What do the leading brands in the fast-casual pizza segment have in common? They offer customizable, individually-sized pizza fast and at an affordable price. They have open, customer-facing kitchens, use an assembly-line pizza-making approach, use fast-bake ovens and have multiple customer touch points on the service line. Much of… Read More

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May 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Slyce Pizza Bar, Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Ready, Set, Grow! Pizza, beer, outdoor seating propel sales at Slyce Pizza Bar With an expansive bar both inside and outside the pizzeria, Slyce Pizza Bar in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, has become a destination for beachgoers and locals alike. The shop offers build-your-own pizzas as well as a lineup of specialty pies, sandwiches, salads… Read More

May 1, 2016

2016 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

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May 1, 2016

Destinations: Columbus, Ohio

A Look at Pizzerias in Columbus, Ohio Harvest Pizzeria The two-unit pizzeria was recently featured in Afar magazine’s “Must try pizza pies around the world.” Harvest’s motto is “Local tastes better,” and the company proudly displays its produce and dairy farm partners and Ohio meat providers on its Web site. The menu of small plates,… Read More

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April 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: URBN, San Diego, CA

From New Haven to San Diego Connecticut native Jon Mangini goes URBN with coal-fired pizza Growing up in suburban New Haven, Connecticut, Jon Mangini says pizza was just a part of life. “Everybody worked in a pizza place,” he says. “I was surrounded by it.” When he moved to San Diego, California, 12 years ago,… Read More

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April 1, 2016

Destinations: Buffalo, New York

A look at pizzerias in Buffalo, New York Leonardi’s Pizzeria This small mom-and-pop pizzeria has been a family affair for 44 years. Its rectangular pies have garnered attention in the region. Leonardi’s Famous White Pizza was recently named among Buffalo News’ “10 Pizzas to Pine For.” The pizza features a house-made white sauce, cheese, onions,… 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.