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February 1, 2017

Man on the Street: Dis-Service

I would be lying if I said it was all about the pizza. As much as I’d like to say every ounce of effort should go into your food — that dough formulation and oven skill were all that mattered — the truth is that even the greatest pizza cannot sustain a business by itself…. Read More

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February 1, 2017

On Tap: Training & Education are Paramount

Your wait staff and bartenders are going to determine if you successfully sell craft beer. Their craft beer knowledge is vital to your bottom-line beer sales and profitability, so make sure that they know beer. In order to maximize your sales, your staff needs to understand the differences between the different styles of beer and… Read More

Jeremy index

February 1, 2017

Commentary: Elevate!

Over the years, we here at Pizza Today and International Pizza Expo have made it our mission to elevate the industry. Pizza isn’t fast food and shouldn’t be treated as such. As you read through this issue, you’ll notice Clayton Krueger’s article on page 64. In the article, which is a teaser for what he’ll… Read More

January 1, 2017

Conversation with John Rayyan, Papa Ray’s, Chicago

Papa Ray’s Pizza & Wings  Chicago, Illinois Papa Ray’s Pizza & Wings was founded by the Rayyan brothers in 2009. They used the name “Ray” in honor of their father. With four counter-service locations in Chicago, Papa Rays is known for its thin, hand-tossed pizza and its Monster slices. Papa Ray’s Pizza & Wings was… Read More

January 1, 2017

On Tap: Tapping What’s in Style

As mentioned last month, popular ales include pale ales, india pale ales, brown ales, porters, stouts, Hefeweizens, Kolschs, Goses, sours and barley wines. IPAs and pale ales are two of the most popular craft beer styles in the United States. IPAs and pale ales are hoppy and bitter with higher ABVs (alcohol by volume) and… Read More

Tony Gemignani World-champion Pizzaiolo and Pizzeria Owner

January 1, 2017

Respecting the Craft: Multi-Faceted Approached

In my various pizzerias I actually use three to four different sausages instead of sticking with just one. Many pizzerias just have one type, which is fine. But, for me, sausage is such an important ingredient and one of the most popular in our industry. There are so many flavor combinations, so why settle for… Read More

scott wiener, professional pizza eater, man on the street columnist, pizza box record holder, scott's pizza tours

January 1, 2017

Man on the Street: The Thrill of Discovery

I honestly wasn’t planning on eating any pizza during my lightning-fast mini vacation in North Carolina. The trip was all about seeing family so I did zero research beyond the obligatory tweet asking for recommendations in the area. The lack of response I received was actually a relief because I was way more interested in… Read More

January 1, 2017

Mike’s Monthly Tip: Put iCal or Outlook to Work

Bring your calendar to its max potential. Not just dental appointments; I’m talking recurring calendar events and expirations that will keep your 2017 on point. • License expirations and an alert one month before expiration. Even if you have a system in place, add this one in for redundancy. • Quarterly evaluations of staff planned… Read More

Jeremy index

January 1, 2017

Commentary: Who’s Delivering Your Next Pizza?

Creative Director Rick Daugherty and I were in the beautiful city of New Orleans for a couple of days visiting pizzerias. After a quick stop for a requisite Po’ Boy, we summoned an Uber to get us from one pizza shop interview to the next. The driver conversed with us about a number of things… Read More

January 1, 2017

Dough Doctor: Back to Basics

Create pan and thin-crust pizza with easy measurements Q: Can you help us develop a dough for a pan-style pizza as well as a thin-crust pizza based on 12.5 kilograms of flour? Additionally, can you show us how to make a pre-mix out of the dough formula? A: While you don’t provide any specific information… Read More