September 26, 2012 |

Rigatoni with Chicken and Ricotta

The idea behind this delicious pasta dish is that the ricotta is actually the sauce that coats the pasta. To this end, I like to add a tablespoon or two of the hot water from the pasta pot to thin the sauce just a touch. Various steps can be prepped ahead as indicated in the… Read More

September 26, 2012 |


Rigatoni (ree-gah-tOH-nee) is a large, tubular-shaped pasta. Rigato means with lines or ridges, so most all rigatoni, which is one of the largest tubular pastas in the maccheroni family, has ridges on its outer surface. It comes in a few different sizes, but the two constants connected with rigatoni are the ridges and its hollow… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Pulled Pork Pizza

Ever since the first BBQ Chicken pizza hit the scene in the 1980’s, consumers have gone stir crazy over it. Since then barbecue sauce has gone from an oddity to a regular on pizzeria menus. It makes a fantastic pizza base and provides regular customers with a nice alternative when they need a break from… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Prosciutto and Melon

I suppose it would be ridiculous of me to say that the two most important ingredients in that delicious antipasti called prosciutto and melon are actually the prosciutto and melon! It’s not that ridiculous, actually, because it really does matter as to the kind of prosciutto and the kind of melon you use. While there… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Pizza Insalata

Salad pizza, or pizza insalata, has so much going for it I often wonder why more restaurants don’t offer it. Obviously, pizza insalata is not a style of pizza that you would want to deliver, but it works great as a lunch option or as a dinner appetizer. Simply put, a salad pizza is a… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Pesto Pizza

The repertoire of Italian sauces is loaded with classics like Alfredo, Bolognese, arrabbiata, marinara, and oil and garlic. The one sauce that stands just as tall and is just as versatile is pesto. I was always of a mind that pesto sauce never got the respect it truly deserves, even when it is used to… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Penne Carbonara

2 tablespoons butter 1 small red onion, chopped 1 small yellow onion, chopped 4 ounces Portobello mushrooms, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 7 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled into large pieces 12 ounces chicken breast, grilled and sliced 2 cups heavy cream 1/4 cup Romano cheese ¼ cup Asiago cheese salt and pepper, to taste… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Pasta Puttanesca

To understand how best to use olives on pizza or in pasta dishes or antipasti, we must first look at the various types of olives available, their characteristics and overall usage. And then there is the question of pit or no pit. For example, some restaurants will set a small plate of olives on the… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Pasta con Asiago e Spinaci

When I had my cooking school in Chicago, I had to make big batches of this pasta dish for the students because they gobbled it up pretty fast. The idea behind this dish is that the spinach gets “cooked” only from the ambient heat of the pasta, and that technique keeps the dish fresh and… Read More

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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.