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

January 27, 2014

Tony Gemignani talks pros and cons of 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 to… Read More

Takeandbake dough skin

January 7, 2014

Dough Doctor: Take-and-bake formula

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 to… Read More

Tony Gemignani

December 29, 2013

What Type of Alcohol Licensing is Best?

Q: Is it better to have a full liquor license, a wine and beer only license, or none at all? A: Years ago when I was traveling a lot, Todd King, a VP for Green Mills in Minnesota, told me to always have a full liquor license if possible. Originally, I came from a fast… Read More

2013 March: Man On The Street

December 26, 2013

Bring your pizzeria web site up to speed

This is an intervention. The Internet has become well-worn territory, yet many of you are still treating your Web sites like it’s 1996. Users’ attention spans are microscopically short for Web sites, so you want there to be as few barriers as possible between potential customers and your business. In a completely selfish maneuver to… Read More

MAN ON THE STREET SCOTT WEINER TALKS REGIONAL VARIATION PIZZA STYLES

December 16, 2013

Man on the Street: Scott Wiener Talks Regional Pizza Styles

The secret’s out: Detroit style pizza is delicious. It’s not news to people in the Motor City, but the rest of us are only now being introduced to the burnt cheese goodness over 60 years after its first appearance. This year’s Pizza Expo saw more Detroit style pies than ever before and they even earned… Read More

Scott Wiener

December 13, 2013

Bad Customer Service Experience Strands Customers

Stranded. That’s how I felt the last time I had a bad restaurant experience. The wait was short, the ambiance was perfect and the food delicious. Everything was perfect until the interminable final minutes of my visit. I must have slipped into an alternate dimension the second the cheesecake hit the table. Did they completely… Read More

performance kitchen prep line

December 9, 2013

Man on the Street: Customers Want Show and Tell

“I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” It’s the most boring answer to a simple question. I get it, there are a lot of pizzerias out there and you need to maintain a competitive edge to avoid getting swallowed up by the bigger fish. But have you seen what those sharks… Read More

Jeremy White

December 1, 2013

Commentary: Master Your Menu

Why do people come to your pizzeria, first and foremost? To eat, right? Once upon a time, you could get by with a streamlined menu that consisted of nothing more than pizza, breadsticks and soda. But today, that’s far from the case. In fact, it hasn’t been like that for a decade now, if not… Read More

Tony Gemignani

November 22, 2013

Tony Gemignani talks tips on buying wood-burning ovens

Q: Should I buy a wood-burning oven when I open my pizzeria? A: I get this question almost every day. I just had a course at the end of summer with three students, and all of them were in a frenzy over which oven to buy. Our course was based on two specific styles: Neapolitan… Read More