Man on the Street: Good vibrations

Scott Weiner

Even the biggest dive spots have a vibe to cash in on Marketing folks call it “branding” but I’ll just call it “vibe.” It’s a huge part of what attracts me to (or keeps me away from) your business. I don’t believe there are any best pizzerias, only pizzerias that fit better for different situations.More »

Dough Doctor: Thick crust is par-fect

Pan pizza, International Pizza Challenge

Dough Doctor breaks down how to achieve an ideal par-baked crust Q: We are thinking of adding thick-crust pizza to our menu. What is your take on using a par-baked crust? A: If a par-baked crust ever had a place where it excelled, this would be it. I can’t think of a better application forMore »

Respecting the Craft: Opening Day

Tony Gemignani headshot

Three restaurants opening within 10 days — How am I going to do it? I am literally 10 days away from opening two new restaurants in Northern California at a casino called Graton. This is one of the biggest tribal casinos in the U.S. and we were selected to be there. There we will beMore »

Respecting the Craft: Know your demographic

margherita pizza

When I opened Pizza Rock II in Las Vegas, I tailored the menu very much like I did in the first store in Sacramento. However, I did add a few new styles. You see, I have a restaurant in San Francisco where my Neapolitan line is the busiest and my Margherita pizza is the mostMore »

Commentary: Know your market

Jeremy White

There’s something to be said for great location selection, knowledgeable servers and a top-flight menu that’s properly engineered and then subsequently executed by expert kitchen staff. With those elements in place, success isn’t too far behind. But, even with these factors in play, a pizzeria owner that doesn’t understand his market is nonetheless sure toMore »

Dough Doctor: Dough Management 101

dough balls

From start to finish, a sound process ensures a consistent final product   Q: I’m new to the pizza industry and I’ve heard you mention “dough management” in your articles and presentations, but I don’t understand exactly what it is. A: Dough management encompasses everything you do with or to the dough from the timeMore »

Dough Doctor: Staging ingredients impacts dough

2013 March: Dough Doctor

Q: I’ve seen any number of different ways in which the dough ingredients are staged/ added into the mixing bowl. Is there really a difference, or is it a case of just whatever you are taught to use? A: I think some ingredient staging procedures can actually cause harm to the dough while others mayMore »

Respecting the Craft: Down and out in Las Vegas

Tony Gemignani

Honestly, I have never been a fan of a certain nationally known food distributor. Early in my career I disliked their approach and practices when it came to their reps. Over the last 23 years I have always bought from independent Italian distributors. And I still do. Opening a new restaurant and going into aMore »

Tony Gemignani talks secrets to great tasting tomato sauce

Tony Gemignani talks secrets to great tasting tomato sauce

Q: What are some ways to properly preserve and store tomato sauce? A: In order to make a great tasting tomato sauce you always want to use the best and freshest tomatoes you can find. Although choosing to use the freshest and best ingredients can be costly, you will in turn not need to addMore »