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 »

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 »