In The Kitchen

September 6, 2012

Foccacia Production

Lost Art Focaccia is a good way to “wow” customers The genesis of the flatbread called focaccia is lost in the dawn of history. Some food historians credit ancient Etruscans for having discovered how to form a dough into a flat round and bake it on a hot stone under a coating of hot ashes…. Read More

September 6, 2012

Wheat Crust

With today’s consumers being better educated than before, and having a greater concern for healthy eating, they are making more food buying decisions based on what they perceive as being good for them. We are seeing this in the growth of vegetarian meals and organic foods. For years, whole-wheat pizza crusts have failed to meet… Read More

Classic Margherita

September 6, 2012

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita still popular menu addition You may have heard this story before (and surely from me at one time or another, either at International Pizza Expo or in the pages of this magazine), but it bears retelling. When pizza Margherita came along, it was a seminal moment in the history of the very business… Read More

Tom Lehmann

September 6, 2012

Sourdough provides right taste for crust, breadsticks

It seems like we are always looking for something more flavorful in pizza crusts and breadsticks. One answer to this search is sourdough. Sourdough has been in use much longer than yeast as we know it today. We know that some type of sourdough was used by ancient Egyptians to produce a type of flat… Read More

September 6, 2012

Herb Infused Dough

Herb Infused Dough When making a flavored crust, is there a rule of thumb for how much dried herbs to add to the dough? When adding either onion or garlic to the dough, you must be careful not to add too much. Both onion and garlic have a significant dough softening effect. So, keep the… Read More

August 30, 2012

Well Mixed Dough

The easiest way to judge if a dough has been sufficiently mixed is by appearance. A properly mixed dough should have a smooth, satiny appearance. Mixing beyond what is required to give it this appearance is just extra wear and tear on your mixer. If the dough is under mixed, the result can be excessive… Read More

August 30, 2012

2011 September: THE PIZZA TODAY GUIDE TO STYLE

NEAPOLITAN PIZZA   The original. The standard by which all other pizzas are judged. A Neapolitan pizza is defined by the ingredients used to make it and the way it is cooked. Special flour, tomatoes and cheeses must be used to qualify as Neapolitan. Additionally, these pizzas must be cooked in wood-burning ovens. The hallmarks… Read More

August 30, 2012

2012 August: Sandwich Pizza

The idea of creativity, vis-a-vis pizza, continues to unfold. The challenge of taking basic ingredients you might find in sandwiches and applying them to pizza has become a subject of discussion. Why not give it a try? Philly Cheese Steak pizzas, after all, have fared well on many menus. What would you such a creation?… Read More

August 29, 2012

2011 June: PERFECT MARRIAGE

As Americans continue fighting the battle of the bulge they often look for healthier menu items that still satiate the appetite. Enter insalata pizzas, which turns ordinary pizzas into a more healthful bite by adding salad elements –– without skimping on taste. Insalata pizzas also add visual appeal to menus and on marketing materials. Onesto… Read More

August 24, 2012

2012 September: Safety First

Think of dangerous work environments. Factories might come to mind, but a restaurant can be just as dangerous. With hot ovens, knives and slick floors, your kitchen provides ample probability for minor or even major injuries. There are nearly 200,000 non-fatal occupational injuries in food service establishments each year, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor… 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.