September 26, 2012 |

Food Styling and Gourmet Toppings

From parsley and Parmesan to lemon slices and dustings of powdered sugar, plating food is an art form that delights guests. I want to teach you some plating techniques and let your passion for food shine through. I’m sure you’ve heard it a hundred times: people eat with their eyes! It’s important to understand exactly… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Five Sandwiches Ideas

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was a piece of work himself, but the sandwich was born when he came up with the idea of putting meat between two slices of bread so he could continue to play cards without interruption or without getting the cards greasy from eating meat with his hands. Great story…. Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Fettuccine with Fresh Tomatoes & Arugula

This is the time of year that many of us (especially those of us living in the Midwest) go bananas over fresh tomatoes. If I had the time, I would write another cookbook called “101 Ways to Use Fresh Tomatoes.” So this time of year I am constantly coming up with new ways to use fresh… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza

Gourmet toppings for pizza? Where do I begin? I suppose I could start by recounting something I read recently about a pizzeria in New York City that is big on seasonal gourmet toppings such as brussel sprout leaves, shaved porcini, black truffles and exotic cheeses. If that’s not gourmet, I don’t know what is. I… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Deep Dish Pizza

If you’re in Chicago and “the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie,” you can bet that most of the time that pizza is of the deep-dish persuasion. What is this pizza called Chicago deep-dish, and what makes it so different from other pizzas? In the truest sense, deep-dish pizza (pizza-in-the-pan is the alternate… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Classic Pizza Margherita

Recently I dropped in on a wine and cheese festival in Wisconsin. Several cheese producers were exhibiting their wares, so (naturally) I did some sampling, and chatted a bit with those manning the booths. I asked about a particular pizza cheese that is becoming quite popular in restaurants that are doing classic pizzas in the… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Chicken Scampi

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper 8 ounces chicken, cut into strips 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, diced 2 ounces broccoli 2 lemon wedges 2 ounces white wine (Chablis works well) 10 ounces penne, cooked al dente 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 ounce pecorino Romano cheese… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Cheese Pairing Pizza

Not too many years ago, you could have any cheese you wanted on a pizza as long as it was mozzarella. Sure, there might be grated Parmesan or Romano on the table to sprinkle on top, but that was about it. Going beyond pizza, mozzarella made its way onto the table, showing up in dishes… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Cheddar & Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Pizza

What’s the deal with stuffed crust pizza anyway? Should you or shouldn’t you consider adding it to your list of pizza choices? If you are already offering stuffed crust, how is it selling? What about the added food cost with a stuffed crust pizza, considering all the extra cheese (or other ingredients) required? What about… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Butternut Squash Bisque

5 pounds butternut squash, deseeded and roasted 2.5 medium onions, diced 1/3 cup garlic, chopped 5 carrots, julienned 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg 1 ¼ quarts heavy cream 3 bay leafs 1 ounce fresh thyme, chopped 78 ounces chicken stock 2.5 ounces butter salt, to taste pepper, to taste Lightly oil the deseeded squash and roast at… Read More

Magazine Departments Mirror Working Pizzerias

There’s method to our madness. Pizza Today’s departments are designed to take readers from the Front of the House to the Kitchen and Back Office. The Front of the House section covers restaurant customer service, dining room issues and restaurant design and server staffing and management. In our Back Office section, you’ll find information pertaining to taxes, proper ordering and restaurant marketing and restaurant operations. Our In the Kitchen section is filled with ingredient ideas, tips for creating the perfect pizza size, running a pizza slice business and making perfect pastas, appetizers and desserts. Readers will get an inside look at pizzerias across the country as our editors create in-depth articles featuring some of the most successful restaurants in the pizza industry.

Restaurant Management is Key in Every Aspect of a Pizzeria

Managing a restaurant involves more than hiring and firing. Whether you’re designing pizzeria marketing or refining your restaurant’s customer service, management should be involved in every aspect of a pizzeria’s day to day activities. Restaurant staff hiring and retention is a critical aspect of running a pizzeria, and we offer excellent insight on managing people. Readers will also learn how to create a management team, build schedules, refine restaurant operations and run a better business, regardless of the size of a business, from large chains to small independents.