In The Kitchen

mac and cheese, crabcakes

November 1, 2017

Mac Attack

Make mac and cheese more than a side dish Not long ago in my pizzeria, I stood there doubting my ability to act like a real adult. After coming to the realization that I was just a child inside, I made a decision, about two things: mac and cheese. We had a crazy pizza called … Read More

November 1, 2017

Perfectly Paired

Not every cheese matches with every sauce The art of owning an independent restaurant in today’s world of high food costs and corporate saturation is a tough balancing act. For some of us, researching, sourcing, producing and marketing a new product is a costly affair that leads some of us to say: “I’ve got my… Read More

November 1, 2017

Open-faced Sandwiches: Out in the Open

  Open-faced sandwiches make for a perfect lunch or dinner special Open-faced sandwiches can bring a whole new level of sophistication to your menu, leaving your guests curious and hungry for what kind of masterpiece you might create next. If you’ve got a pizza oven, broiler, salamander (cheese melter) or even a conventional or convection… Read More

Dr. (Ghost) Pepper Glaze, bbq, pizza

October 1, 2017

BBQ, Baby!

  Explore the various bbq types that work for pizza Everywhere in the world you go, you’ll probably find barbecue staring you in the face. In Tokyo, the smoke of a yakitori-ya, or stand, is unmistakable as the skewered sticks of fatty chicken thighs and scallion caramelize as they are brushed with a hundred year-old… Read More

linguine, tomatoes, goat cheese, basil

October 1, 2017

Pasta: The Long Way ’Round

Linguine is a must-have on any pasta menu inguine is a staple not just in Italy, but also in most restaurants around the world. It’s a perfect pasta to use across many cuisines. I want to share with you different ways to purchase it and different ways to cook and serve it. I’ll give you… Read More

lobster, pizza

October 1, 2017

Ingredients: The Big Squeeze

Lobster a classic Northeastern topping Lobsters are considered crustaceans that live on the ocean floor. Lobsters harvested off the coast of Maine are considered cold water lobsters and have two large claws. One is a cutter claw and the other is a crusher claw, neither of which you want to get your finger caught in… Read More

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

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.