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pineapple on pizza, pizza toppings

June 1, 2017

Man on the Street: In Defense of Pineapple

Do your customers love or hate this tropical treat? I considered writing this month’s column under a pseudonym because my views on pizza toppings could get me kicked out of New York City forever. Staunch traditionalists cringe at the mere thought of “unconventional” ingredients infiltrating their idyllic image of a perfect pie, but that attitude… Read More

Alastair Hannmann, owner, Pacifico Pizza Napoletana in Kaneohe, Hawaii

June 1, 2017

Conversation with Alastair Hannmann, Pacifico Pizza Napoletana, HI

Pacifico Pizza Napoletana Kaneohe, Hawaii Last year, Alastair and Brittany Hannmann rebranded their 10-year old concept, Kaneohe’s Boston Pizza, into Pacifico Pizza Napoletana, Hawaii’s only pizzeria serving four authentic pizza styles: Pizza Napoletana, Traditional New York Style, Chicago Deep Dish and Sicilian Pan. The Hannmans operate two locations — Kaneohe and Kapolei on Oahu.  … Read More

June 1, 2017

Knead to Know: Auto Pilot

How the autolyse method can improve your dough In today’s hyper competitive market consumers are much more knowledgeable and demanding. This has been great for our industry because it has caused us to look outside of our own insular world for methods and formulas that have the potential to improve our products. In the old… Read More

old forge style pizza, old forge, pennsylvania

June 1, 2017

Respecting the Craft: Old Forge Style

Last month I told you about my introduction to the little-known “Old Forge” style of pizza that originated in Pennsylvania. After my first stop at a homey establishment that really tempted my taste buds, we headed to a pizzeria called Arcaro & Gennell. Let me tell you — this place was also really amazing. The… Read More

Jeremy index

June 1, 2017

Commentary: How would you handle this?

It was 8:45 p.m. when we arrived at the restaurant. Being a Wednesday night, things were slow. Only about 25 percent of the tables were occupied. The smiling hostess seated our party of eight quickly. There were four famished boys amongst us. They’d just finished a baseball game and needed to get home to shower… Read More

beer keg storage

May 30, 2017

On Tap: Keg Storage Space

Keep cooler space in mind when designing layout I have a small problem at my new restaurant, High Tops. I have 50 different beers on tap. At any given time, I’ll have anywhere from 75 to 90 kegs in my cooler, including my backup kegs. When I was designing the layout for the restaurant, I… Read More

May 1, 2017

Man on the Street: Ooze or Lose

Burrata has become one of the world’s sexiest cheeses When the Beatles played their legendary 1965 concert at Shea Stadium, most of the audience couldn’t hear a single note of music because of the din of teenage girls in full-on freak-out mode. I never thought I’d witness the same reaction to a piece of cheese,… Read More

May 1, 2017

Conversation with Salvatore Reina, Francesca, Glen Rock, NJ

Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta Glen Rock & Elwood Park, New Jersey Francesca’s in Glen Rock opened in 2008. Salvatore Reina (pictured at right) tapped longtime employee Adam Vuksanic (left) to transition into ownership. Reina partnered with Vuksanic to open a second location.   Sal lets us in on the Francesca concept and bringing… Read More

thin pizza crust closeup

May 1, 2017

Knead to Know: Elevate Flavor

The Dough Doctor offers tips on improving your crust without breaking the bank Q: We just make a few pizzas a day for use at our bar. We use a frozen dough to make the crust and we find that the pizzas are just so-so, what can we do to make our pizzas better without… Read More

Jeremy index

May 1, 2017

Commentary: Home Run!

As I write this column, I’m on a red-eye flight home after witnessing my 17th International Pizza Expo. And, boy, was this one a doozy. The 2001 Pizza Expo sticks out vividly in my mind because it was my first. It happened to be the largest one at the time, by far, and I’ll never… Read More