In The Kitchen

Hot Manchego and Pear pizza

May 1, 2017

Manchego: Man Power

Manchego’s boldness lends flavor without going overboard If you’re looking for a new cheese flavor that is out of this world without being too out there, manchego is just the one you’re looking for. This Spanish variety hails from the La Manchega region of Spain. Made from sheep’s milk of the manchega breed, manchego is… Read More

cheese selection, cheese blocks, pizza cheese

May 1, 2017

Cheese to Please

Specialty cheeses add panache to an ordinary menu Cheese is life. Anyone who owns and operates a pizzeria knows this intuitively. For most of us in this great pizza country, cheese is on almost every pizza and is the most expensive of the holy trinity with its pals of crust and sauce. The moment cost,… Read More

restaurant refrigeration, cooler

April 30, 2017

What a Waste

Eliminating spoilage, waste can affect your bottom line The bottom line in your business is king. Making a profit is how we generally measure our success and keep our doors open. After all, how long can an operator go on in business while consistently losing money? I guess that all depends on how deep his… Read More

Pizzeria Makeline Manicotti

April 1, 2017

Pasta la Vista, Baby!

Pasta is the easiest menu addition you can make Pasta always seems to be on those “trending” lists –– either it’s hip or it’s going away. Any way you view pasta, it has had a wonderful history. Researchers have found that this delicious concoction of wheat, egg and salt wasn’t founded in Italy, or even… Read More

trenton tomato pies, pizza styles

April 1, 2017

The Trenton Tomato Pie

How much do you know about this classic style? With a monolithic prison on one side and an entire block of abandoned factory buildings on the other, the intersection of New Jersey State Route 129 and Cass Street doesn’t betray its history as the entrance to a vibrant community. The once-bustling neighborhood of Chambersburg has… Read More

gourmet mac and cheese

April 1, 2017

Spiral Out

Rotini presents perfect pasta opportunities Rotini pasta might just be the world’s perfect pasta. Its corkscrew shape beautifully allows whatever sauce it’s tossed in to grab hold and nestle between the spirals. This pasta shape allows for the maximum amount of marinara, cheese sauce, Alfredo or cold dressing for optimal flavor. Since weather is warming… Read More

pizza makeline

March 1, 2017

Product Perplexity

Handle a product change with finesse Something’s different about this slice.” Your customer just zeroed in on your change in dough, cheese or sauce. Maybe you changed because your distributor went bankrupt. Or maybe you want to switch to fresh, organic ingredients to keep up with trends, but what do you do now? Address the… Read More

red velvet cookie pizza

March 1, 2017

Sweet Sell

Dessert pizzas take finesse to make, market Desserts are a hard sell for pizzerias, where that extra slice most customers don’t want but just can’t say no to can mean a sweet finish won’t be added to the check total. But when made right, advertised well and priced nicely, some dessert offerings can be a… Read More

Roberta's Pizza, Brooklyn, New York

March 1, 2017

Pizza Styles: Neapolitan vs. NEOpolitan

Pizza with similar names just isn’t the same When pizza first became popular in the United States, it had already changed dramatically from its original southern Italian expression. Newly arrived immigrants couldn’t afford wood to fuel their ovens, so they switched to coal as a cheaper solution. Flour was too bulky to import and cheese… Read More

pepperoni pizza

March 1, 2017

Pep Talk

Pepperoni is America’s top pizza ingredient This is a true pepperoni story. One night, six years ago, I received a call from an older customer saying that we made her pizza incorrectly. “You screwed it up! I ordered a plain pizza, and this doesn’t have pepperoni.” “I’m sorry, ma’am,” I said pulling the phone back… 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.