Manicotti: Oh, man!

Manicotti

Manicotti allows operators to use a variety of toppings and fillings for a hearty pasta entrée Manicotti is a tubular shaped pasta that is typically filled with a ricotta cheese mixture. As culinarians, we are always coming up with creative ways to heighten the dining experience by incorporating other compatible ingredients and perhaps even aMore »

Respecting the Craft: Delayed Start

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How social media prevented us from opening for two weeks Like most new restaurants, the opening of our Pizza Rock II in Las Vegas had to be delayed beyond our initially planned opening date. As we scrambled to get our final inspections passed, we realized something scary: we needed to open ASAP. Every day thatMore »

Dough Doctor: Water Works

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Does the water you use really impact your dough that much?   Q: How does water quality impact my dough? A: Various aspects of the water can impact the dough in different ways. For example, iron in the water can react with many oxidative dough strengtheners such as ascorbic acid or azodicarbonamide (ADA) and, toMore »

Return of the Mac

Pan of macaroni and cheese

Mac ‘n’ cheese isn’t just for kids anymore We all know that everything is better when it’s baked with cheese on it, so I wanted to focus on some amazing baked pasta dishes for you to consider offering in your fine establishment. The great thing about offering some fantastic baked pasta dishes is that youMore »

Leave it to Beefer!

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Why let chicken and pork get all the glory? Beef it up! June Cleaver: “Eddie, would you care to stay for dinner? We’re having roast beef.” Eddie Haskell: “No thank you, Mrs. Cleaver. I really must be getting home. We’re having squab this evening.” Like Eddie Haskell, a lot of pizzerias may have taken America’sMore »

Tony Gemignani talks pros and cons of mobile pizza oven

TONY GEMIGNANI TALKS PROS AND CONS OF INVESTING IN A MOBILE PIZZA OVEN

Recently, in every course I have had at least one or two students who have been interested in the concept of mobile ovens. Here are a number of pros and cons to keep in mind if you are thinking about investing in a mobile oven: Pros: It is a minimal original investment as compared toMore »

Dough Doctor Tom Lehmann takes a look at organic pizzas, local ingredients and artisan pizzas

Dough Doctor Tom Lehmann takes a look organic pizzas, local ingredients and artisan pizzas

Q: We have been getting some customer requests for natural or organic pizzas. Is there a way we can do this economically? A: The words “natural” and “organic” are consumer buzzwords in the food industry. There have been supermarkets, delis and restaurants developed to cater to this market niche. The interesting thing about natural orMore »

Dough Doctor: Take-and-bake formula

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Q: This might seem like a rather basic question, but how do you make a decent take-and-bake pizza? A: Several years ago take-and-bake pizzas appeared to be something of a novelty item, but today the novelty has worn off, and take-and-bake pizza has gone mainstream with even some of the big-box store chains beginning toMore »

Transform Traditional Lasagna with Updated Ingredients

Chicken Enchilada Lasagna Photo by Josh Keown

Lasagna is such a staple in the landscape of Italian restaurants and in many pizzerias across our great land. We traditionally see lasagna offered one of two ways –– cheese lasagna or meat lasagna, both layered with noodles, sauce and a blend of cheeses. Let’s explore the different styles of preparation and flavor profiles weMore »