In The Kitchen

shrimp scampi

September 1, 2017

Crustacean Nation

Shrimp scampi a perennial Italian favorite hrimp scampi is one of those staple entrées that have adorned menus around the world for decades. Its origin starts with a langoustine, which is a tiny lobster-like crustacean generally sautéed in olive oil with garlic and finished with white wine. Another translation for the word scampi is simply… Read More

calzone

September 1, 2017

Wrap It Up

Calzones serve, deliver easily While calzones have been around for decades, they continue to grow in popularity year after year. I want to share the best practices for creating some creative calzones for you to incorporate into your well-balanced menu. One of the best vessels you can use for an endless variety of culinary concoctions… Read More

chicken florentine

September 1, 2017

Chicken Florentine: Feel the Flo

Classic dish beautiful to serve, taste What does one of the most popular spinach and chicken dishes have in common with an Italian noblewoman soon to become a French queen? Chicken Florentine of course! The year of 1599 brought the marriage of Catherine di Medici of Italy and King Henry of France. The teenage bride… Read More

September 1, 2017

Hot Time in the Ziti

Baked ziti an easy seller with plenty of variety ollowing the history of ziti pasta is like walking through a carnival house of mirrors. Like a lot of Italian foods, ziti is used many different ways in all areas of Italy. Baked pastas are referred to as “pasta al forno” in Italy, which is said… Read More

summer chicken salad

August 1, 2017

Green Thumb

Summer is the perfect time for the entrée salad While we’re smack dab in the middle of summer, folks are busier than ever with that on-the-go lifestyle that summer somehow always brings. A lot of diners still want to eat a nice, delicious dinner but sometimes limit themselves to eating a salad instead. I understand… Read More

August 1, 2017

Vine to Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar gives menus a flavor jolt with panache When I was in Modena, Italy, a few years ago I had the opportunity to explore the fascinating process of turning grapes into balsamic vinegar. Each intricately planned step, combined with time, worked magic in a way that captured my attention and has held it ever… Read More

chicken bacon grilled pizza

August 1, 2017

Grilled Pizzas: Grillas in the Mist

Grilled pizza a New England staple One of the best pizzas I’ve ever tasted was a grilled pizza made on a hot summer night many moons ago. I brought some of my pizza dough home to show my wife what a great professional I was. I flattened the dough, threw it on the grill and… Read More

July 1, 2017

Summer of Veggie Love

‘Tis the season to be fresh Sixteen years ago, a farmer named Bill Shores walked into my pizzeria with a giant box of garlic. He said that he had too much and offered to sell it to me for cheap. By the end of that summer, I was marketing and selling 20 to 30 pizzas… Read More

wood fired oven, pizza oven

July 1, 2017

The Heat is On

Choose the right oven for your pizza If a pizzeria’s nerve center is the kitchen, the oven is its brain. The single most important purchase one can make when opening a new pizza restaurant can be the most confusing without a strong understanding of the myriad of options on the market. Factors like construction material,… Read More

from scratch, homemade, salad, dressings

June 14, 2017

Dressings: From scratch

It’s summer — peak time for salad sales. Here are some simple dressing ideas to inspire you to make them from scratch: Ranch dressing is easy enough. Odds are that you have everything you need to make a ranch dressing in your shop. Check out this large-quantity ranch dressing recipe. How about a simple Italian… Read More

Modern Pizza Trends Blend Old-World Style with New-Age Tips and Tricks

As it was first created in Italy, every pizza dough formula consists of flour, salt, yeast and water. Yet modern operators are finding ways to incorporate new flavors and styles into a very old technique. Thin-crust pizza still remains an American favorite, but the country’s many regions have brought to life their own styles. These are more than just pizza trends. Americans are fiercely loyal to their particular favorite pizza styles, from Deep Dish, Grandma and Old Forge to California, Detroit and New Haven. Everyone’s got a favorite –– and Pizza Today examines them all!

 

 

Today’s Restaurant Kitchens Feature More Than Traditional Toppings

Finding a point of differentiation is key when it comes to creating a menu. The pizza industry’s top ingredients include pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green pepper and onion, and every pizzeria offers some version of these toppings. Today, however, the pizza makeline is ever changing and diners are just as likely to find roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, truffle oil and shrimp alongside their classic favorites. And the flavor doesn’t stop on top. Modern pizzaioli have found ways to implement flavor in their pizza dough formula as well. Ingredients like beer, spelt, whole wheat and molasses can give an operator a leg up on their competition and create a one-of-a-kind flavor profile that diners won’t find anywhere else.