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Scott Wiener

May 19, 2014

Man on the Street: Good vibrations

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…. Read More

Tony Gemignani headshot

May 1, 2014

Respecting the Craft: Opening Day

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 be… Read More

April 23, 2014

Pizza Pillar — the sauce

No member of pizza’s holy trinity — dough, sauce and cheese — should be overlooked. Without hitting all three out of the park, your pizza easily gets lost in the crowded foodservice landscape. So why do so many operations simply open a can of tomato sauce and roll with it? In my opinion, giving your… Read More

margherita pizza

April 14, 2014

Respecting the Craft: Know your demographic

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 most… Read More

Jeremy White

April 7, 2014

Commentary: Know your market

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 to… Read More

dough balls

April 1, 2014

Dough Doctor: Dough Management 101

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 time… Read More

March 17, 2014

Dough Doctor: Staging ingredients impacts dough

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 may… Read More

Tony Gemignani

March 10, 2014

Respecting the Craft: Down and out in Las Vegas

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 a… Read More

February 24, 2014

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 add… Read More

February 17, 2014

Dough Doctor: Dough balling, yeast and crust color

Q: What is the best way to determine if my dough has been correctly mixed? A: While I don’t think there is a level of dough/ gluten development that is correct for all pizza doughs, I do think that for the vast majority of pizzeria operators mixing the dough just until it takes on a… Read More