What’s Hot? Pizzeria Trends for 2015

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  Pizza industry experts weigh in on modern pizzeria trends   If you’re like many pizzeria operators, you might find yourself stuck in the pepperoni rut. Sure, the ingredient is the industry’s top seller, but how do you get your customers interested in more than just a traditional pizza? There’s a fine line between enticingMore »

Pepperoncini: Mild Yet Wild

Pepperoncini Poppers stuffed with feta, cream cheese, mozzarella and wrapped in prosciutto

So-called Tuscan peppers pack a flavorful punch Pepperoncini come packing just a little heat and are used widely in Italian and Greek cuisine and accompany every pizza that Papa John’s and others serve to their patrons. Pepperoncini hail from Europe originally –– specifically, Italy and Greece have deep ties to this chili. They go byMore »

Respecting the Craft: Daily Bread

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I took a group of pizzeria operators to Central Milling in Petaluma, California, recently and we worked with Nicky and Keith Giusto. These guys are rock stars in the bread world. Nicky formulated several recipes for breads using different flours, pre-ferments and techniques. Pizzeria operators tend to think that making fresh bread is impossible inMore »

Trending Recipe: Rigatoni with Fresh Tomatoes, Arugula

Rigatoni with Fresh Tomatoes and Arugula pasta recipe

This Rigatoni with Fresh Tomatoes and Arugula pasta is the easiest recipe to make, and it’s deceptively delicious. You’ve probably got all the ingredients on hand. We love the tart vinegar and the earthy arugula. Give it a try! Rigatoni with Fresh Tomatoes and Arugula   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Pasta Ingredients ¾More »

Five Sandwich-inspired Pizzas

Look to popular regional sandwiches for pizza inspiration   Sandwiches and pizzas share the holy trinity of dough, cheese and sauce. So why not draw inspiration from some of the country’s most beloved sandwiches for your next pizza special? Look to your local region’s sandwiches. What sells well in your area? Mike Rutledge, director ofMore »

Go Big — Extra Large Pizzas

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Oversized pies become a big hit   From supersized value meals and Big Gulps to 31-ounce coffees and oversized SUVs, everything these days seems bigger. Does bigger mean better? According to pizzeria operators when it comes to pizza –– the answer is yes. When Momo’s Pizza and Brew Pub in Tallahassee, Florida, began selling 30-inchMore »

Makeline Marinades

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Yes, you can — and should — make your own marinades The art of transforming meats, vegetables and fish is as age-old as food itself. Marinating is the use of acids, salts, enzymatic liquids, spices, oils and herbs to not only tenderize meats and kill any harmful bacteria lingering on the surface of foods butMore »

Get Busy

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Don’t overlook restaurant kitchen design for maximum efficiency We all know that location, location, location is oh-so-important to our business success. By now we’ve come to understand the basics to restaurant success and that is, besides location, great food and great customer service at a good value. I want to take this time to breakMore »