In The Kitchen

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

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

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

June 23, 2014

That’s a Wrap

Operators are faced with the daunting challenge of keeping menu items interesting, yet approachable; filled with tasty ingredients, yet cost-effective. Wraps fulfill this need. Simply put, wraps are a type of sandwich usually made with a soft flatbread, tortilla, lavash or pita rolled around a filling of proteins, veggies and sauce. Diners often view wraps… Read More

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

June 23, 2014

Classic Bruschetta

Bruschetta is such a popular item coming straight from Italy with so many different ways of preparation that are all relatively easy. Bruschetta is an Italian word that simply refers to toasted or grilled bread that has been rubbed with garlic and drizzled with a little olive oil. Bruschetta is usually served as an appetizer,… Read More

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

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

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.