In The Kitchen

inside, walkin, cooler, refrigerator, refrigeration

June 16, 2014

Keep cool

Cleaning and maintenance key to refrigeration care When Rocco DiGrazia planned the layout of his back-of-house operation at Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza in Tucson, Arizona, there was just no room for a walk-in cooler. Solution: DiGrazia opted to house the walk-in unit behind the restaurant, exposed to the elements of Tucson’s desert climate. “We are… Read More

The Cassolet, Sausage, Pizza, bacon, cannellini beans, white beans

June 9, 2014

Ingredients: Linked in

If sausage is a top seller, why not maximize it?   In 2004, I competed in the Pizza Festiva Competition at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Needless to say, I didn’t win because Doug Ferriman of Crazy Dough’s in Boston steamrolled over all competitors that year with a killer pesto pizza. I was… Read More

Papalino's Pizza, slices

June 1, 2014

Any way you slice it

Pizza-by-the-slice operations share secrets behind their success   Sin City is a 24-hour town, so staying open until 2 a.m. is important to Pop Up Pizza located inside the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It also enables the pizzeria to serve customers who only want a slice or two as opposed to an entire… Read More

2011 January: In the Fold

May 27, 2014

Calzones: In the Fold

For those of you who have heard some of my advice regarding menu development over the years, you understand how important it is to maximize the usage of your ingredients. By following this philosophy, you will enjoy a lower food cost by not wasting product that didn’t get used before it expired –– all while… Read More

2012 JULY: Green Thumb

May 27, 2014

Green Thumb

Love it or hate it, spinach has the potential to be a big hit on your menu and can be utilized in appetizers, pizza, pasta and entrées. I have loved spinach since I was a kid. In sixth grade, at recess, when most kids went across the street with their pocket full of change to… Read More

Franken Sausage, Pizza, recipe, pepperoni, bacon

May 22, 2014

Trending Recipe: How To Franken Sausage

If you want to take it to the next level (and you’re gonna want to with this recipe) check out the best dang sausage you’ll ever taste combining fresh unseasoned bulk sausage with pre-cooked bacon crumbles, pepperoni and spices! Check out some out-of-the-box sausage pizza ideas. Franken Sausage 3 cups (or 29 ounces) of fresh… Read More

2009 July: Menu Matters

May 19, 2014

Menu Matters: Food Allergies

It may seem silly to grill a server about the contents of the pizza sauce or the brownie sundae, but to someone with a food allergy or intolerance, it’s a serious concern. Jennifer Parks, managing partner of Pizza Fusion in Mesa, Arizona, has two daughters who are wheat intolerant and a mother with Celiac disease,… Read More

pizzas, white truffle mushroom crema, aurora sauce, pizza toppings, recipe, pizza trends

May 12, 2014

Sauce Trek II: The wrath of khream

Make an out-of-this-world sauce experience for your menu ‘The cook of any house of note always seats himself in a high arm chair to give his orders; he holds a long wooden spoon in his hand, with which he tastes the various sauces that are cooking on the stoves and which serves him also as… Read More

Pan pizza, International Pizza Challenge

May 12, 2014

Dough Doctor: Thick crust is par-fect

Dough Doctor breaks down how to achieve an ideal par-baked crust Q: We are thinking of adding thick-crust pizza to our menu. What is your take on using a par-baked crust? A: If a par-baked crust ever had a place where it excelled, this would be it. I can’t think of a better application for… Read More

pepperoni gravy, pizza, pepperoni, slice, banana peppers

May 1, 2014

Trending Recipe: Pepperoni gravy how to

One word describes this creamy sauce…AWESOME. Once your customers stop laughing at you and taste this sauce, they will be hooked in a sad, sick way because this sauce is the greatest! We do a nice “Pizz-biscuits and pepperoni gravy” with this sauce. Add mayo and chill for a fabulous dipping sauce. Pepperoni Gravy 1½… 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.