In The Kitchen

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

caramel apple pizza

August 1, 2014

Trending Recipe: Caramel Apple Pizza How To

Caramel Apple Pizza 1 fresh or par-baked pizza crust (12-inch) 8 ounces softened cream cheese whipped with 1 egg 1⁄4 cup prepared caramel topping 2⁄3 peanuts, finely chopped 1 cup apple topping (recipe to follow) Preheat pizza oven to 425 F. Spread cream cheese base on pizza crust and drizzle caramel topping over cream cheese… Read More

chipotle onion jam pizza

August 1, 2014

The Crying Game

Onions provide myriad of flavors, options The most underrated and underused topping in every pizzeria is the onion. I feel very comfortable saying this because the flavor potential of this glorious root can be a bold, tear-jerking shout or a sublime succulent whisper. The onion is what the lead-off shortstop is to baseball: it shows… Read More

PIZZA EXPERT JOHN GUTEKANST OFFERS TIPS ON FRESH TOMATOES -- SELECTION, PREPARATION & RECIPES

July 28, 2014

Fresh Tomatoes — Selection, Preparation & Recipes

My first lessons in the art of tomato fanaticism came from an Italian chef and restaurateur named Bimbo. He looked like a tall George Clooney and I was just 14 years old when he hired me to wash dishes at his restaurant in Palatine, Illinois. Because of my work ethic, the cooks called me “Weasel”… Read More

pour water, into mixer, dough

July 21, 2014

Dough Doctor: Get Wet

Does water temperature really matter?   Q: I have heard you speak several times at Pizza Expo and I’ve heard you make reference to the need to control finished dough temperature. How do you know what temperature water to use to get the dough temperature you’re looking for? A: The reason why I reference finished… Read More

Basil

July 14, 2014

Basil — Green is In

Fresh basil makes the summer rounds in pizzerias The heat is on as we are smack dab in the middle of summer. Although pizza sales are strong all year, you will notice that customers are looking for some fresher alternatives instead of or to accompany your pizza. Since this is the height of basil growing… Read More

Salad, dressing, honey, lemon

July 11, 2014

Dressings: From scratch

It’s summer — peak time for salad sales. Fresh produce is plentiful. Many pizzeria operations are accompanying those wonderful greens with commercial salad dressings. It’s easy and convenient to just order those big-named dressings. But, if you want to hear, “This is the best dressing I’ve ever had!” it’s time to make those dressings in… Read More

PieceNewHaven

July 1, 2014

New Haven-style Pizza — About Apizza

New Haven pizza delights diners near and far Like Chicago and New York, New Haven, Connecticut, boasts its own pizza style. For those operators selling New Haven-style pizza, it’s more than just pie — it’s about preserving a legacy. New Haven apizza (pronounced “ah-beets”) is a Neapolitan-influenced pizza displaying a thin, crisp crust and chewy… Read More

Sangria

July 1, 2014

How to: Sangria

If you’re looking for something to make your beverage menu stand out, try making your own sangria. It’s a fresh, fruity cocktail that is perfect for summer — and if you’ve got a full bar, you’ve probably already got the goods to make it happen. 2 bottles red wine (preferably dry) 1 cup brandy 1/2… 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.