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Jeremy White

December 1, 2014

Commentary: Inspiration Awaits

As you wind down the year and look forward to 2015, I know from experience that you want new and innovative ways to entice your customers. Our research repeatedly shows us that you want menu ideas and recipes from Pizza Today. While your pepperoni pizza will always be the backbone of what you do, you… Read More

John Gutekanst

December 1, 2014

A Conversation with John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza

John lets us in on menu trends and adding new menu items   John Gutekanst Avalanche Pizza — Athens, Ohio John is Pizza Today’s resident chef. He is an award-winning pizzaiolo, baker, teacher, speaker and author and has been featured in Gastronomica, Food Arts, National Geographic, Alimentum Food Journal, Food Network and Best Food Writing,… Read More

mixer dough and flour

November 17, 2014

Dough Doctor: Mix it up

Is there a correct way to mix ingredients?   Q: I see differences in dough make-up procedures. Some call for stirring or whipping the salt, sugar, yeast and oil into the water and then finally adding the flour and mixing, while other procedures call for just adding all of the ingredients to the bowl and… Read More

Scott Wiener

November 1, 2014

Man on the Street: The Art of the Pizza Crawl

Learn more about your competition and the industry by touring other pizzerias   Let’s pretend for just one page in this magazine that you aren’t 100-percent satisfied with your pizza. You’ve been making it for years but a little voice in your head tells you there’s more out there than you ever thought possible. You… Read More

Scott Wiener

October 1, 2014

Man on the Street: Health conscious

You know the feeling. You’re in a pizzeria and everything’s great. The staff is helpful and friendly, the ambiance is charming, the music is perfect and the food is excellent. But then it happens — you discover a single unsanitary detail that completely ruins your day. It’s an instant buzz kill and has the potential… Read More

2012 August: Fair Trade

September 22, 2014

Employee Incentives: Fair Trade

Years ago I realized that my employees were one of my most valuable assets, both in my operations and marketing. Although I can be a savvy businessman, I couldn’t execute my strategies without good people behind me. Once I had acquired such a crew I needed to reward them and show my appreciation for their… Read More

tripadvisor, sticker, window, display, signage

August 25, 2014

Respecting the Craft: Everyone’s a Critic

Being critiqued is difficult for any restaurant owner. And it’s not just newspaper and magazine critics anymore. These days there are so many critics or “want to be” critics out there when you take Bloggers, Yelp, Tripadvisor, etc. into account. It can be tough, especially when you go into a new market where you have… Read More

counter service employee with customer

August 1, 2014

Man on the Street: Cult of Personality

How well do your customers know you personally?   Last week, I witnessed an interesting conversation between two roommates in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. They were grumbling about a price hike at the local smoothie shop. Roommate No. 1 said: “They’re probably just taking advantage of the neighborhood’s growing popularity.” It was a fair… Read More

2013 March: Ask Big Dave

July 28, 2014

Ask Big Dave: Getting up to Speed on Accounting

Q: My brother and I own a pizzeria and deli. We have been open almost two years and business has been OK, but not terrible. We are paying bills, payroll is covered and my brother and I are making money. I don’t think we are making profit; I feel we are making salary for the… Read More

John Gutekanst

July 21, 2014

How well do you maintain your food costs?

The money captured from the sale of food is the epicenter of every restaurant’s monetary flow. From here, the flow starts as you pay off all expenses and are left with the reward of all your hard work. In 38 years in all sorts of restaurants, I’ve never had anyone tell me of a flawless… Read More