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Leading up to International Pizza Expo 2015, we asked Pizza Expo speakers to give us a taste of the information they will present during their seminars. This year’s speakers provided us with a clearinghouse of pizzeria-related topics facing operators today. The following bonus articles, written by Pizza Expo speakers, take you inside their educational sessionMore »

What’s Hot? Pizzeria Trends for 2015

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  Pizza industry experts weigh in on modern pizzeria trends   If you’re like many pizzeria operators, you might find yourself stuck in the pepperoni rut. Sure, the ingredient is the industry’s top seller, but how do you get your customers interested in more than just a traditional pizza? There’s a fine line between enticingMore »

Pepperoncini: Mild Yet Wild

Pepperoncini Poppers stuffed with feta, cream cheese, mozzarella and wrapped in prosciutto

So-called Tuscan peppers pack a flavorful punch Pepperoncini come packing just a little heat and are used widely in Italian and Greek cuisine and accompany every pizza that Papa John’s and others serve to their patrons. Pepperoncini hail from Europe originally –– specifically, Italy and Greece have deep ties to this chili. They go byMore »

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

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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 »