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April 1, 2017

Knead to Know: Taking the Next Step

Once you understand your core ingredients, you can step into variations Flour, water, salt and yeast are the basic ingredients of pizza dough. Mastery of these fundamental components can produce exemplary results and has served Neapolitan pizza makers very well for centuries. Over time bakers have developed alternative methods and formulas that add variations of… Read More

April 1, 2017

Respecting the Craft: Slump Buster

Creativity can help bring in new customers I received an e-mail from a pizzeria operator in Arkansas recently. He reached out and asked me a simple, but disturbing, question: do you ever lose your inspiration? This operator disclosed to me that business has “been in the dumps” and he didn’t know why. He’d been racking… Read More

Jeremy index

April 1, 2017

Commentary: Servers Beware

If you offer dine-in, you already know that the servers you employ are brand ambassadors that completely make or break the experience your customers have within your four walls. No matter how great the food and ambiance happen to be, a bad experience with an employee who serves up a side of attitude with the… Read More

April 1, 2017

Conversation with Dan Richer, Razza, Jersey City, New Jersey

  Razza Jersey City, New Jersey The intimate pizzeria opened in 2012. Chef and Owner Dan Richer applies his culinary craft to Razza’s menu of artisan pizza and small plates with an emphasis on harnessing local ingredients.   Dan lets us in on the Razza concept and taking a product to the retail market At… Read More

Jeremy index

March 1, 2017

Commentary: What Will Define Your Expo?

One of the best things about International Pizza Expo, from my perspective, is all the people from around the world I get to meet and interact with each year. When talking to folks, I usually ask what they hope to accomplish at the show. The answers are varied, but can more often than not fit… Read More

March 1, 2017

Conversation with Brittany Saxton, Six Hundred Downtown, Bellefontaine, OH

Six Hundred Downtown  Bellefontaine, Ohio Five-time World Pizza Games champion Brittany Saxton. A 13-year veteran of the pizzeria industry, she recently acquired ownership of Six Hundred Downtown in Bellefontaine, Ohio, where she was previously the assistant general manager.   Brittany lets us in on making the transition from employee to owner Six Hundred Downtown is… Read More

craft beer, pint night, promotion

March 1, 2017

On Tap: Craft Beer Pricing and Promotions

It’s International Pizza Expo Month! Hopefully, I’ll get to meet many of you in Vegas and, hopefully, we can enjoy a pint or two at The New Operator Reception, Beer & Bull or at The World Pizza Games Finals & Block Party. This will be my sixth Pizza Expo. I have learned something new every… Read More

March 1, 2017

Man on the Street: In the End, Is Easy Better than Good?

I just read a quote that completely terrified me –– and for once it wasn’t spoken by a politician! In late 2015, the head of a major food company suggested to investors that their ailing pizza chain should concentrate less on making good food and more on making their food easier to buy. As someone… Read More

Tony's Slice House, San Francisco, California

March 1, 2017

Respecting the Craft: Hated on Haight, Part II

Adapting to your environment pays dividends Last month I talked about our effort to succeed with a Tony’s Slice House on quirky Haight St. in San Francisco, where the clientele will either embrace you or quickly run you off. This month I’ll finish the two-part series. One of the most important components is that we… Read More

stretching pizza dough

March 1, 2017

Knead to Know: Snapped!

Common dough problem has plethora of causes Q: We have a continual problem with dough snap-back after placing it on the screen for baking. Is there anything that we can add to our dough to eliminate this problem? A: Dough snap-back, or dough memory, can be addressed in a number of different ways (which I’ll… Read More