In The Kitchen

October 12, 2015

Jalapeños: We got the Heat

Jalapeños are the preferred pizza pepper Americans love pizza, and they love peppers. You’d be hard pressed to find a pizzeria without hot peppers somewhere on their menu. In the infancy of gourmet pizza, ham, pineapple and jalapeños was about as out-of-the-box as most pizzeria operators dared to step. Today, you’ll find them across the… Read More

October 1, 2015

Respecting the Craft: Back to BBQ

Recently a friend asked why I don’t have a BBQ chicken pizza on the menu. My answer: The San Francisco food critics would kill me. Back in the day, we had a couple of pizzas with chicken and BBQ at my brother’s pizzeria. And they were big sellers. I have a friend who says his… Read More

October 1, 2015

Trending Recipe: Halloween Cookie Pizza

Halloween Cookie Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Dessert, pizza Ingredients 12 ounces peanut butter cookie dough ¼ cup hot fudge sauce ½ cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies ¼ cup Halloween candy corn 1 cup mini marshmallows Instructions Press the cookie dough into the bottom of a round pie plate or deep-dish pizza… Read More

September 1, 2015

Whole and Healthy

Fresh ingredients, special options becoming more important among health-conscious customers The low- and no-fat fads have come and gone, and even carb-conscious customers aren’t worrying so much when they walk through the doors of their local pizza joints. Consumers may be wary of giant-sized portions and calorie-bomb ingredient lists, but few foods or nutrients are… Read More

September 1, 2015

Taters gonna tate

Potatoes on pizza? Yes, please Potatoes on pizza are gaining popularity in a lot of America’s pizzerias. Yes, this lowly tuber may seem an unlikely companion to pizza. But once your customers experience its broad flavor and textural horizons it can become a real crowd favorite and a real food cost hero in your menu… Read More

brussels sprouts and bacon pizza

September 1, 2015

Trending Recipe: The Bacon & Brussels

Trending Recipe: The Bacon & Brussels   Print Author: Pizza Today Ingredients 1 pizza dough 4 Brussels sprouts, roasted and quartered 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped 6-8 sundried tomatoes, julienned ¼ cup shredded Gouda ¼ cup shredded mozzarella ¼ cup red onion, sliced Tomato Alfredo (a mix of your signature red and Alfredo… Read More

pizzas in rack, slice rack

September 1, 2015

Dough Doctor: Pizza Crust Characteristics

Want a chewy or crispy pizza crust? The one thing that we all have in common is that we are trying to achieve specific characteristics in our finished pizza crust. Some are trying to achieve a soft and foldable crust, while others are looking for a crust that is firm and crispy. Then there are… Read More

Pizza Dip, appetizer, pizza

August 1, 2015

Trending Recipe: Pizza Dip

If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve probably noticed a viral video making a pizza dip. We decided to try our hand at making one ourselves. Pizza Dip   Print Author: Mandy Detwiler Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 6 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup sour cream ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder ½ cup pizza sauce… Read More

August 1, 2015

Pesto Perfection

Simple sauce has multitude of uses, twists Pesto is a sauce whose origin comes from northern Italy and is traditionally made up of fresh basil, garlic, salt, olive oil, Parmesan and pine nuts. The ingredients get blended together except for the pine nuts, which get added at the end so they are recognizable. Pesto is… Read More

fresh tomatoes, summer tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes

August 1, 2015

Ripe for the Pickin’ (Fresh Tomatoes)

Choose the right fresh tomatoes in your seasonal offerings People are passionate about fresh tomatoes. Communities across the country — like Fulton, California and Columbia, South Carolina — even honor the yearly harvest with tomato festivals. Pizza makers, too, show their affinity for the vegetable. (Yes, that’s right vegetable! Though scientifically designated a fruit, the… 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.