In The Kitchen

February 1, 2017

Knead to Know with John Arena: Understanding Ingredients

The key to better dough is to understand what you’re working with Truly memorable dough that produces a crust with just the right amount of crunch and an open, complex crumb structure is the Holy Grail for most pizza makers. I rarely meet a pizzaiolo who doesn’t think they make the best dough in the… Read More

roman pizza slice

January 1, 2017

Mascarpone Madness

Versatile cheese worth a look when pushing your menu If there is one cheese that I adore, it’s mascarpone. Not because of its high butterfat or its traditional use as a sweet dessert cheese, but because it is a brilliant mixing cheese for any pizzeria and can be infused with many different flavor profiles like… Read More

pasta puttanesca

January 1, 2017

Put on the Puttanesca

Classic sauce gets its due Puttanesca sauce is a robust concoction comprised of (but not limited to) tomatoes, capers, onions, olives, garlic, anchovies, herbs and olive oil. It lends itself to many Mediterranean dishes and has been said to originate in Naples, Italy. While rustic and unrefined in its ingredients and presentation, puttanesca is rich… Read More

goat cheese pizza

November 4, 2016

Totes Ma ‘Goats’

Goat Cheese — a favorite among specialty cheeses Goat cheese has made the transition from upscale to mainstream. In 2014, the UK even experienced a goat cheese shortage. And demand in the U.S. has continued to soar. Today, you’ll find goat cheese across pizzeria menus, from appetizers and pizzas to salads and desserts. Made from… Read More

November 1, 2016

Dough Doctor: Loaded Questions

The dough doctor dishes on dough loading and oil absorption   Q: What is dough loading? A: Dough loading is really just another way of saying “X” amount of dough per square inch of surface area. We calculate the dough loading by dividing the weight of a dough ball used to make a specific size… Read More

November 1, 2016

Beauty and the Beef

A few tips and tricks to convert ground beef pizza topping into a marketable hit When I was 16 years old, I worked as a dishwasher at the White House Tavern in Palatine, Illinois. This bar had a small kitchen that served huge cheeseburgers made by a grouchy Hungarian chef. Every day I would show… Read More

October 1, 2016

Dough Doctor: Full-Court Press

Here’s how to get a dough press to work for you We bought a dough press but we have not been able to get our dough to press out well, as it keeps shrinking back after pressing. A:  There are a number of things that need to be addressed when formulating a dough that will… Read More

various pastas

October 1, 2016

Modern Roni

Offer more than spaghetti for an updated pasta menu Pasta is like walking into an amusement park. You can get lost in all the combinations, flavors and lovely profiles –– some old, some young, some just made up on a whim. Either way, the perfect pasta not only depends upon the fancy (or non-fancy) shape…. Read More

clam pizza

October 1, 2016

What a Temper!

Pair big flavors with these easy tips While visiting a pizzeria near the beach in Ostia, Italy, I ordered a magnificent white pizza with Gorgonzola. The pizza was a beautiful thing to behold with the pillowy charred edges of a high-heat Neapolitan pie along with the thin, crispness of a Roman pizza made with olive… Read More

craft cocktail

September 1, 2016

Signature Sips

Specialty cocktail menus drive revenue and customer loyalty At Taverna Rossa, guests cannot get enough of signature pizzas like The Spicy Pig, The Bee’s Knees and the Taverna Rossa R&D Pie. When it came to developing the cocktail menu for the Plano, Texas, pizzeria, Tony Smith, vice president of {33} Restaurant Group, the management group… 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.