In The Kitchen

Annas Carbonara brian weavel pasta

September 22, 2014

Trending Recipe: How To — Anna’s Carbonara

By Brian Weavel, Anna’s Pizza & Pasta, Winnabego, Illinois   At Anna’s, we don’t do a traditional carbonara. This is our twist on the original. Give it a try. I hope you like it! Watch my how-to video on this dish. Anna’s Spinach Tortellini Carbonara 3 ounces baby spinach 2 ounces Romano cheese 2 ounces… Read More

Calzone

September 15, 2014

Know When to Fold ’Em

Calzones are a no-brainer   If you are thinking about adding calzones to your menu, now is the time to do it. Calzones bring diversity to your lineup without getting off base from your menu theme. It’s the perfect spinoff from pizza — and it is more portable and easy to eat. Think about it… Read More

tomato spinach flatbread

September 1, 2014

The World is Flat

Flatbread sales heat up — are they right for you?   In my region, Northern Illinois, Flatbread pizzas are becoming popular. This is a trend that is worth investigating for every pizzeria owner. Some have perfected it already, but I think many of us are missing out on this remarkably versatile menu item. Most operations… Read More

Italian Beef sandwich

September 1, 2014

Big and Beefy

Italian Beef — the Chicago staple is gaining popularity   I’ve been fortunate to have worked in and traveled to many fantastic places around the country and I just love the fact that many different areas have unique specialty dishes that are known only to their region. It makes traveling back to those areas a… Read More

Slicing pizza borriello brothers

September 1, 2014

Dough Doctor: Cut it out

What slicing tool is best for your operation? Q: I’m putting together an equipment list for a pizzeria that I plan to open soon and I’m trying to decide between using a pizza wheel or a rocker knife to cut my pizzas. Are there any advantages or disadvantages to using one over the other? A:… Read More

Tony Gemignani headshot

September 1, 2014

Respecting the Craft: Pizza Romana

One of my favorite styles of pizza is pizza Romana. Some people can get confused because, like New York-style, there are sub-categories. For example, there’s Pizza in Teglia (pizza in the pan), Pizza al Taglio (pizza by the slice), Pizza a Etro (pizza by the meter), Pizza Focaccia and Pizza in Pala (pizza on wood… Read More

weighing ingredients, scale, dough

August 25, 2014

No weigh? No way!

If you aren’t weighing ingredients, you are throwing money away   Anything worth doing is worth doing correctly, right? Your pizza is no exception. Your goal with every pizza should be two-fold: Make a profitable pizza. Make a consistent pizza. Anything less than that means you are cheating your customers as well as yourself. Do… Read More

primavera, pasta, vegetables

August 11, 2014

Primo Pasta

Get those garden-fresh veggies into a versatile primavera sauce   It’s summer, and that means a bounty of fresh vegetables are at every corner farm stand and are at their best price through your vendors. Some say there is a primavera phenomenon going on and I say it’s simply that time of year where produce… Read More

Pizza Industry Expert Big Dave Ostrander talks dough consistency

August 11, 2014

Big Dave Ostrander talks dough consistency

Q: Dave, I make my dough fresh every day. Some days it’s perfect and others it’s either too soft or too firm. Since I hand stretch, this is a big deal. What am I doing wrong? Tony S. via e-mail A: Hey Tony! Early on, I also suffered from this dough problem. Back in the… Read More

Tom Lehmann

August 1, 2014

Yeast performance

Which yeast provides the best crust flavor?   Q: Between instant dry yeast (IDY), active dry yeast (ADY) and compressed yeast (CY), which one provides the best flavor to the crust and why? A: This question has come up many times over the years. Back in the early 1980s I did a comprehensive study on… 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.