Respecting the Craft: Daily Bread

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I took a group of pizzeria operators to Central Milling in Petaluma, California, recently and we worked with Nicky and Keith Giusto. These guys are rock stars in the bread world. Nicky formulated several recipes for breads using different flours, pre-ferments and techniques. Pizzeria operators tend to think that making fresh bread is impossible inMore »

Five Sandwich-inspired Pizzas

Look to popular regional sandwiches for pizza inspiration   Sandwiches and pizzas share the holy trinity of dough, cheese and sauce. So why not draw inspiration from some of the country’s most beloved sandwiches for your next pizza special? Look to your local region’s sandwiches. What sells well in your area? Mike Rutledge, director ofMore »

Dough Doctor: Clammy bottom pizza? There’s help for you yet

2010 July: Dough Doctor

Q: We are experiencing a clammy bottom on our pizza, but our conveyor ovens were just recently cleaned. Where should we start trouble-shooting? A: There is no escaping this one –– you have to begin trouble shooting with a thorough inspection of the oven. Cleaning the oven is one thing, but getting it put backMore »

Commentary: Set Goals, Track Results, Thrive

Jeremy White

As we’re about 30 days into 2015 by the time this issue hits your hands, there’s a lot going on in the typical pizzeria. You’ve just gotten through your busy season as increased fall sales were highlighted by particularly huge nights on Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. You’re still icingMore »

Dough Doctor: What about white?

Tom Lehmann

The Dough Doctor talks white pizza, laminated dough   Q: We want to do something a little different and offer a white pizza. Can you give some suggestions to help get us started? A: The two approaches that I’ve used successfully to make white pizzas (pizzas made without the traditional red/tomato-based sauce) work quite wellMore »

Run Around ’Su — Tiramisu Recipes

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These non-traditional tiramisu recipes are anything but typical “Pick me up!” Sure, that’s what your kids said when they were small, but it’s also the literal translation of tiramisu, because it gives you a “pick me up” from the coffee that is sweetened and soaked into the sponge cake or ladyfingers. This smooth and creamyMore »

Dough Doctor: Early Riser

Tom Lehmann

The Dough Doctor talks salt, breakfast pizza   Q: We are thinking about opening earlier in the morning to get in on some of the breakfast trade. Do you have any suggestions as to what we could make that would be well accepted? A: While some stores make smaller, individual-sized pizza topped with ham, bacon,More »

Man on the Street: Pizza Rankings

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Do ‘Best of’ pizza lists have merit?   We all get the same messages in our inboxes. When a Web site releases a list of “Top 10 Pizzerias in the USA” or “50 Bucket List Pizzerias,” I instantly get a barrage of “Do you approve of this list?” e-mails. I know it’s helpful to haveMore »