Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.