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

Ann Kim Pizzeria Lola

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 »

Dish it out!

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Gelato sales heat up summer profits   If you’ve been to a recent International Pizza Expo, your eye has probably been drawn to one of the many gelato companies who offer flavors ranging from pistachio and hazelnut to panna cotta and olive oil. Once a staple of high-end dessert shops and trattorias, gelato has becomeMore »

The 2014 Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Pizzeria Lola, Minneapolis, MN — Page 3

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It all comes out of the oven that serves as the pizzeria’s burning beacon.  Kim admits that, initially, she was hesitant to let the piece of equipment steal the spotlight. “It was really our architect’s idea,” she says. “He really thinks outside the box. He had never really designed a restaurant before. I would considerMore »

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Hello Pizza Pizzeria Lola

Hello Pizza   Hello Pizza is the sister restaurant to Pizzeria Lola. Owner Ann Kim recognized that the unique vibe at Lola would make it difficult to grow, but she also knew it would not be easy to keep many of her key employees around without advancement opportunities. Since she was a fan of NewMore »

The 2014 Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Pizzeria Lola, Minneapolis, MN — Page 2

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Many Americans wax poetically about one day owning a restaurant. Kim was no different.  But, what made her think it would work? “Basically, I love to cook,” she explains. “Growing up it was sort of a natural thing. I watched my mother and grandmother cook and learned from them. I developed my palate from them.More »

One-Minute Operator EP2 — Mike Spurlock, Loui Loui’s Authentic Detroit Style Pizza

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How did you introduce a new pizza style to your area?   Mike Spurlock, who owns Loui Loui’s Authentic Detroit Style Pizza in Louisville, Kentucky, answers this One-Minute Operator question.   The One-Minute Operator is a video series on PizzaToday.com featuring successful pizzeria operators dropping great advice one minute at a time. For more episodes,More »

One-Minute Operator EP1 — Kurt Zwanzig, ZwanzigZ Pizza

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What factors have led to you having such a busy lunch?   Kurt Zwanzig, owner of ZwanzigZ Pizza in Columbus, Indiana, answers this One-Minute Operator question.   The One-Minute Operator is a video series on PizzaToday.com featuring successful pizzeria operators dropping great advice one minute at a time.      

Places that Rock: Palo Mesa / Pizza Corner / Rocco’s Uptown / BOP

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