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 »

Food Safety 101

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Building a safe food culture in your establishment   For the last 37 years, Pizza Wheel has been charming the folks of 8,200-resident Bellevue, Ohio, with quality pizza and friendly service. In that time, Pizza Wheel has also been charming another group: the county’s health inspectors. Last year, the 25-seat pizzeria captured the Gold PlateMore »

Employee Social Media Monitoring: On Line

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Should you monitor your employees’ social media use? Admit it: you’ve Googled people you know to find out more about them, and you’ve used Facebook to look up old friends without actually contacting them. You might even have used social media to do a quick background check on a job candidate, or to help youMore »

Independent vs Franchisee

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Is an independent or franchise operation right for you?   You’re an entrepreneur, one who starts a business and is willing to take considerable initiative and risk in order to make money. Entering into the restaurant business is certainly a gamble –– 80 percent fail within the first five years. How can we lessen our risk?More »

The 2014 Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Pizzeria Lola, Minneapolis, MN

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How Minnesota’s Ann Kim conquered the world of pizza   The oven perches on its supports smack in the middle of the building. Central to the business as the sun is to the solar system, its magnificence is the clear and uncontested focal point. By design, everything surrounding it intentionally draws the eye to itsMore »

Places that Rock: Katie’s / East Side Pies / 4th St. / Rocco’s

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Katie’s Pizza & Pasta 9568 Manchester Rd. Rock Hill, Missouri 63119 (314) 942-6555 katiespizzaandpasta.com Katie’s showcases its uniqueness in expertly crafted videos, including how-to guides with owner Katie Lee. The wood-fired pizzeria makes much of its menu from scatch, including dough, sauces, dressings and artisan pastas of varying shapes and colors. The restaurant has anMore »