In The Kitchen

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

pizza, tomato, ricotta, spinach, garlic, recipe

June 13, 2017

Simply Summer: 5 seasonal pizzas at peak of freshness

The next three months provide a bounty of summer-season produce. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — What’s in season?, look to the following beauties for your summer vegetable pizza: beets; bell peppers; corn; cucumber; eggplant; garlic; green beans; herbs; lima beans; mushrooms; peas; radishes; summer squash; tomatoes and zucchini. Some crops are slower… Read More

new york-style pizza, pepperoni, pizza styles

June 1, 2017

Pizza Styles: Who’s Got Style?

Pizza offers limitless possibilities — why not branch out and try a new style on your menu? The beauty of pizza is that it all begins with a highly customizable, blank canvas. Thick, thin, round, square, cheesy, sauce-less, twice-baked, hand-tossed, coal-fired … Yes, it can be all that and more. It’s what you make of… Read More

caprese

June 1, 2017

Crazy About Caprese

Classic Italian preparation can be used across the menu Caprese: This term means different things to many different people. But pizza people know that this magnificent combination of mozzarella, tomato and basil is special in so many ways. For me, it’s a giant 5 a.m. creation every summer Saturday morning. This is the time I… Read More

organic vegetables

May 30, 2017

Greening the Menu

Pizzerias stand out by offering sustainable food Two pizzerias from two very different regions and demographics share a common bond. Napizza in San Diego, California, and SOL Pie Pizza of North Canton, Ohio, have focused their menus and restaurants on sustainability. Napizza and SOL Pie aren’t the only pizzerias to introduce sustainable, organic menus. Earlier… Read More

Hot Manchego and Pear pizza

May 1, 2017

Manchego: Man Power

Manchego’s boldness lends flavor without going overboard If you’re looking for a new cheese flavor that is out of this world without being too out there, manchego is just the one you’re looking for. This Spanish variety hails from the La Manchega region of Spain. Made from sheep’s milk of the manchega breed, manchego is… Read More

cheese selection, cheese blocks, pizza cheese

May 1, 2017

Cheese to Please

Specialty cheeses add panache to an ordinary menu Cheese is life. Anyone who owns and operates a pizzeria knows this intuitively. For most of us in this great pizza country, cheese is on almost every pizza and is the most expensive of the holy trinity with its pals of crust and sauce. The moment cost,… Read More

restaurant refrigeration, cooler

April 30, 2017

What a Waste

Eliminating spoilage, waste can affect your bottom line The bottom line in your business is king. Making a profit is how we generally measure our success and keep our doors open. After all, how long can an operator go on in business while consistently losing money? I guess that all depends on how deep his… 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.