Features

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April 1, 2016

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

Pizza Al Taglio When Pizza Today arrived at Napizza’s flagship location in San Diego’s Little Italy in January, the concept shined through with its quaint outdoor seating wrapped around its corner building, its spot-on vibrant branding inside and out, and its eat-with-your eyes slice and salad displays. Little Italy was bustling with mid-afternoon foot traffic… Read More

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March 14, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Post Office Pies, Birmingham, Alabama

Signed, Sealed, Delivered Post Office Pies puts its stamp on the Birmingham, Alabama, food scene Birmingham, Alabama native John Hall was drawn to the culinary culture of New York City. Years later, a changing food scene and opportunities to transition to ownership brought the young chef back to his hometown. Collaborating with Brandon Cain and… Read More

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March 1, 2016

Building a Beer Club: Cheers!

Five rules for building and maintaining a viable beer club Admittedly, Josh Fernands had selfish aims. The executive beverage director at Washington, D.C.-based Pizzeria Paradiso and self-described beer geek longed to connect with other craft beer aficionados in the nation’s capital, excited to share and discuss the rising number of novel brews available in bottles… Read More

COAL’S ARTISAN PIZZA recently opened a second location.

March 1, 2016

Branching Out

Pointers and pitfalls when opening a second location Few restaurants last more than a few years, but for those that turn a healthy profit, expansion is a sensible next step. Opening a second location is easier said than done, though. Between hidden costs, new crews and slow openings, unforeseen problems can quickly put a damper… Read More

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March 1, 2016

Destinations: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A look at pizzerias in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma   Revolve Pizza Kitchen The fast-casual pizzeria gets its name from its dual custom-built revolving brick ovens. Everything is customizable — from pizzas and salads to pastas. Revolve offers signature suggestions. The popular True Italian pizza features red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, house-made Italian sausage and prosciutto, pepperoncini,… Read More

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March 1, 2016

Pies on the Road

Charting a new course with a mobile pizza kitchen For restaurateurs, tough economic times are often the birthplace of creativity. Instead of giving up on their pizzeria dreams during the recession, operators took to the streets. Between 2009 and 2014, the food truck industry grew by an annual rate of 12.5 percent, according to IbisWorld…. Read More

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March 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Slice Pizza & Brewhouse, Birmingham, Alabama

Brotherhood The Bajalieh brothers cultivate community spirit at Birmingham’s Slice Pizza & Brewhouse The Bajalieh brothers grew up in their parents’ sandwich shop in Birmingham, Alabama, so going into the restaurant business together came naturally to Chris, Jason and Jeff. They continued their late father’s legacy by reopening Sol’s Sandwich Shop and Deli in 2008…. Read More

Jonathan Goldsmith, owner Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

March 1, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Spacca Napoli Pizzeria, Chicago, Illinois

Master Pupil Jonathan Goldsmith opened Spacca Napoli Pizzeria in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood 10 years ago. A familiar face to International Pizza Expo attendees ever since, Goldsmith now reflects on his decade in business in this special Q&A with Pizza Today. A portion of our conversation can be read here. For the rest, visit PizzaToday.com/more/masterpupil PT:… Read More

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February 22, 2016

Pizza Today on the Road: Authentic New York Pizza, Corpus Christi, TX

Away from home Authentic New York Pizza gives Corpus Christi a taste of authenticity Alan Kruger has that swagger that only a true chef has –– there’s the New York accent, the storied resumé including everything from dishwasher to executive chef and the somewhat fearless bravado that can only be claimed by a man who’s… Read More

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February 1, 2016

Destinations: Madison, Wisconsin

A look at pizzerias in Madison, Wisconsin Grampa’s Pizzeria This neighborhood pizzeria has made the most of its surroundings. Its backyard was converted to a garden, which provides herbs and vegetables for the 40-seat restaurant. To help appease waiting diners, the company bought a house next door and turned it into a cocktail bar. The… 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.