In The Kitchen

pineappe upside down pizza

August 1, 2016

Pineapple a Day

Diving into the many uses of “king of the pizza fruit” Without a doubt, pineapple is the king of pizza fruit. Pairing pineapple with salty pork, luxurious melting cheeses, spicy jalapeño, nuts and herbs transforms a boring pie into a memorable experience. In any pizzeria, one of the “must have” toppings is this spiny fruit,… Read More

Tom Lehmann
Dough Expert

August 1, 2016

Dough Doctor: Artificial sweetener and PZ-44

Q: Can I use an artificial sweetener in my dough to replace the sugar? A: It all depends on what function you want the artificial sweetener to have in your dough. Artificial sweeteners are not fermentable, so they will not support fermentation and neither do they make a significant contribution to the finished crust color…. Read More

RED_salads_1489

August 1, 2016

Habits of Quality

Create an exceptional system for quality control You can’t afford to be reactive where quality control is concerned. Although it’s easy to let daily operations detract from proactive behavior, when the safety and satisfaction of your customers are affected, you can never be too vigilant. But how do you ensure your ingredients are high quality?… Read More

The Belgium Bombshell pizza

July 1, 2016

Pizza Toppings: Oh Canada (Canadian Bacon)!

Canadian bacon brings the flavor to meat toppings There are times as an entrepreneur that you want to take the low-risk road when it comes to toppings. That voice in your head says, “Will my customers even know that this topping is a cheaper (and perhaps an inferior) product?” looms every time you see a… Read More

Honey Goat Cheese & Tomato Sub

July 1, 2016

Trending Recipe: Honey Goat Cheese & Tomato Sub

We love goat cheese, but honeyed versions add a taste of sweetness that you just can’t replicate with a simple drizzle of the golden goodness. Here, we’ve paired vine-ripened yellow tomatoes, arugula, honey goat cheese, roasted garlic cloves and sliced sweet picanté peppers for an amazing summer sandwich. Without meat, this is a great vegetarian… Read More

fig pizza

July 1, 2016

Pizza Trends: How Sweet It Is

Sweet and savory pairings tempt customers and balance your menu When I was a kid, my pizza palate was rather unrefined. In fact, pepperoni was really the only topping I liked. I can still remember the first time I saw someone order a pizza with ham and pineapple on it. I was completely grossed out…. Read More

walkin inventory management

June 1, 2016

Taking Count

Inventory management often overlooked by pizzeria operators Taking inventory –– it’s one of the most dreaded tasks in the restaurant business, but it has to be done. From fresh produce to canned goods and plastic ware, every product you purchase has to be tracked. In an industry with thin margins and stiff competition, poor inventory… Read More

summer pizza

June 1, 2016

Spring into Summer

Summer ingredients make perfect LTO menu offerings Summer brings the sun, fun and relaxation of life to my small town. It also harkens the advent of barbequing, home cooking and my customers vacationing away from town. When I first opened, this meant fewer sales, less cash flow and less profitability … until I did something… Read More

sauced pizza dough

June 1, 2016

Sauce Boss

After you open the can, make the pizza sauce your own I’ve always looked at pizza like music. Each menu is a new album, the pizzas are the songs and the ingredients are the members of the band. In that scenario the beat of the drummer is the crust, the lead guitar is the cheese… Read More

hand toss pizza dough

June 1, 2016

Dough Doctor: Hand vs. Pan

The Dough Doctor talks stuffed-crust pizza, pan rising Q: What’s the difference between hand-tossed dough versus pan-risen dough? A: This is a really interesting question that was directed at me recently. Dough that has been hand-tossed/stretched has much of the gas created during fermentation still entrapped within the dough structure. This results in a desirable… 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.