In The Kitchen

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

Tony Gemignani headshot

November 1, 2014

Respecting the Craft: Classic Chianti

For many years Chianti has been called the wine of Italy. Well known for its original straw bottle, Chianti goes very well with pizza and pasta due to its light character and good acidity content. Other wines, such as Barberesco, Lambrusco or Gragnano, are also amazing and considered to be pizza wines — but Chianti… Read More

Wild Mushroom Pesto Penne

October 20, 2014

Trending Recipe: Wild Mushroom Pesto Penne How To

The key to this recipe is in the sauté, which releases all of the earthy flavors and texture of wild mushrooms. Combined with fresh pesto, this makes for one memorable pasta dish. Wild Mushroom Pesto Penne 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon butter, divided 1½  to 2 ounces sliced assorted wild mushrooms* 1 teaspoon minced garlic… Read More

arancini Jasper's Ristorante

October 13, 2014

The next hot app

No matter the size or shape, arancini appeals to many It seems like everyone has an arancini story. Michael Spurlock may have grown up in Detroit, Michigan, but Boston was where he first tried arancini. “After I ate it I said, ‘If I ever open a restaurant, it’s going on the menu.’ ” In 2013,… Read More

chicken wing sauces

October 6, 2014

Hot and Saucy

Chicken wings go beyond the Buffalo   Chicken wings are hot right now and have become a staple on appetizer menus in pizzerias across the country. And, why not? They are a great complement to a robust pizza menu and the ingredients for a flavorful wing sauce may already be in your kitchen. During Super… Read More

bacon potato pizza

October 1, 2014

You’re bacon me crazy

The king of all pork products is tops in pizzerias   As my wife and I watched a competitive cooking show a few months back, one of the judges tasted a certain dish and said, “Chef, I loved your dish but you cheated.” “Uh, excuse me? I don’t understand?” stammered the red-faced chef as the… Read More

Back road pizza, santa fe, new mexico, dough, rolling

October 1, 2014

Dough Doctor: Roll with it

The old-fashioned way still works   Q: What are your thoughts on rolling pins? A: Some time ago I was in on a conversation between a number of individuals lamenting the cost of a dough roller for their shop. The discussion moved from single-pass to double-pass rollers, and then off on a tangent to dough… 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.