In The Kitchen

September 26, 2012

Grilled Pizza

On one of my trips to Italy we were on Highway A14, the auto strada that runs between Rimini and Bologna. It was on a Sunday evening in the month of July, and the traffic coming back from the coast (Rimini is on the Adriatic Sea) was bumper-to-bumper. It was pretty slow going, so my… Read More

September 26, 2012

Seafood Ravioli

Simply defined, ravioli is stuffed or filled pasta. Genoa, Italy, lays claim to the ravioli. Their dialect word “rabiole,” which means “something of small value,” derives from the idea that centuries ago on long voyages Genoese sailors would stuff various leftovers between sheets of pasta. Square is the traditional shape for ravioli, but round and… Read More

September 26, 2012

Shrimp Tequila Lime Pizza

28-ounce sourdough ball 4 ounces garlic ranch sauce 5 jalapeno pepper slices, finely chopped 1 teaspoon parsley flakes 1 tablespoon tequila 1 ounce parmesan cheese ½ cup chopped onions 25-30 bay shrimp, fresh or frozen 1 ½ cups mozzarella ½ avocado ½ cup diced tomatoes 8 sprigs cilantro Juice of ¼ lime Sheet or slap… Read More

September 26, 2012

Wild Mushroom Pesto Penne

Menu Development Mushroom Madness By Carol Kroskey Look beyond cultivated white mushrooms to add flavor, texture and variety to menu items Diners who like mushrooms really like them, giving operators a chance to promote specialty pizzas like the “Champignone”, which is offered by Pizza Bubamara in Chicago. 642-524 This pie combines cremini, portobello and straw… Read More

September 26, 2012

Seafood Pizza

The white clam pizza is one of the best seafood pizzas going. But, there has always been a cloud hanging over the idea of seafood in conjunction with pizza. However, two or three really good tasting seafood pizzas can add another dimension to your all-star pizza line-up. Seafood and pizza are a happy flavor marriage… Read More

September 26, 2012

Shrimp Pizza

Putting together a seafood pizza can be somewhat problematic (but you can bet that once you put shrimp pizza on your menu, it will be a best-seller). In fact, there are only a few types of seafood (food cost notwithstanding) that work as a pizza topping —among those, clams and shrimp are the most feasible…. Read More

September 26, 2012

WOW Housemade Dressings

No question that it’s pretty darn easy to just open a jug, jar or can to take care of your salad dressing needs. However, in this day and age of going artisanal, it’s time to take a look at putting together your own salad dressings. And this is the perfect time to get back to… Read More

September 26, 2012

Maccheroni al Forno

Béchamel and mornay sauces fall into the white sauce category. Mastering both of these sauces opens up a wide and wonderful world of flavors that you can use to enhance pasta and pizza creations. But first some background information is in order. Food historians are pretty much in agreement that the original white sauce, known… Read More

September 26, 2012

Take N Bake Pizza

Take and bake pizza has finally grabbed the attention of mainstream operators and questions abound on how to make take and bake pizzas. They are really not that difficult to make as evidenced by the fact that some operators don’t do much more than just dress a dough skin placed on a piece of parchment… Read More

September 25, 2012

Add Heat To Your Menu

We’ve all seen those menus in restaurants –– Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese — where the heat level of certain dishes is marked by a small chile symbol. Usually, one chile is mild, two chiles means hot and three chiles, well,642-532 have a pitcher of milk handy to douse the fire. What in the devil’s name is… 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.