In The Kitchen

January 5, 2015

Trending Recipe: Smoky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Bourbon is white hot right now and can be found as flavoring in everything from bacon to candy. Pizza Today is located right in the heart of bourbon country, so we gave this smoky bourbon barbecue sauce a go — and it was finger lickin’ good! Smoky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce 1 white onion, minced 10… Read More

ranalli's Bruschetta, appetizer

January 1, 2015

Bar Bites

Developing a bar, happy hour or late-night menu will only increase food and beverage sales   Whether you have a full bar or sell a small selection of beer and wine, designing a series of appetizers, small plates or specialty menu items appealing to those who imbibe will only increase food and beverage sales. Think… Read More

Tony Gemignani headshot

January 1, 2015

Respecting the Craft: Grandma

Tony G. explores the rising national popularity of this Long Island staple — Grandma-style pizza   Nearly 15 years ago I tried a grandma pizza near Bari, Italy. Ironically, it was in a pizzeria named Big Apple Pizza. I was with George Giove at his family’s pizzeria. George and his family had moved from Staten… Read More

December 16, 2014

Blending Cheese

Mix it up with your cheese. The flavor profile of each cheese commonly found in pizzerias can be put together to create unique combinations. Try these combinations (in a 50-50 mix unless otherwise noted): • Mozzarella and provolone • Mozzarella and fontina • Fresh mozzarella and Parmesan • Mozzarella, fontina, Asiago, Parmesan (basic four-cheese blend,… Read More

Breakfast Pizza, bacon, egg

December 15, 2014

Stand Out

Creating a signature dish takes thought, preparation   13 years ago, one radio broadcast changed the way I do business forever. I was still trying to eke out a profit from a menu with 28 toppings. I had a great volume deal and several specials that included discounted pizza with breadsticks, soda, cheese breads and… Read More

Blueberry and Apple Bread Pudding

December 1, 2014

Trending Recipe: Blueberry and Apple Bread Pudding — How to

Baby, it’s cold outside! Why not heat up your menu with an easy scratch-made dessert that has lots of potential variations? This bread pudding can be made ahead and kept for several days. HOW TO: Blueberry and Apple Bread Pudding 2 cups whole milk 4 large eggs, lightly beaten ¾ cup sugar 3 tablespoons unsalted… Read More

dried herbs and spices

November 17, 2014

Cut & Dry

Dried herbs and spices can pack a powerful punch   That old saying “variety is the spice of life” holds true in most aspects, especially when it comes to the actual herbs and spices we use when cooking. Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years and are magnificent when it comes to… Read More

Pizza Zucca al Pancetta

November 1, 2014

Trending Recipe: Pizza Zucca al Pancetta

Winter is upon us, and a lack of farm-fresh vegetables requires a bit of creativity in the kitchen. The contrast in colors and sweet-and-salty flavor makes this one a winner. Try it as a special to get your customers interested. For more winter ingredient recipes, see The Big Chill. Pizza Zucca al Pancetta   1… Read More

sweet potato pizza

November 1, 2014

Five fabulous winter toppings to heat up your menu

The Big Chill   Winter is my busiest season to sell pizza. Unfortunately, this is also the time when produce prices soar to new heights and the quality of these veggies hits a new low. I not only struggle keeping my parking lot cleared and salted, but also battle with my purveyors over flavorless, waxy… Read More

pizza frozinone

November 1, 2014

Let the adventure begin — sauceless pizzas

Creative pies defy the norm to become menu stars   Years ago, the late, great Pat Bruno, who spent decades as Pizza Today’s resident chef, predicted the rise of white pies — that is, pizzas without a sauce. Today, sauceless pizzas become mainstays on pizzeria menus. No sauce? But that goes against the holy trinity… 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.