Self-service

Lunch Buffet

Is a pizza buffet right for your restaurant? Introducing a buffet to the lunch or dinner hour can be a great way to draw in customers with a minimal equipment investment. But buffets can be wasteful and put food costs and food supply orders out of operators’ control, too. Is this seemingly easy addition moreMore »

Run Around ’Su — Tiramisu Recipes

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These non-traditional tiramisu recipes are anything but typical “Pick me up!” Sure, that’s what your kids said when they were small, but it’s also the literal translation of tiramisu, because it gives you a “pick me up” from the coffee that is sweetened and soaked into the sponge cake or ladyfingers. This smooth and creamyMore »

Money Chase — Business Grants and Tax Credits

Dave Brackett, owner of Pizzeria Rustica in Colorado, capitalized on $35,000 in tax credits.

How pizzerias are finding free money to boost the bottom line   It’s been five years since Dave Brackett has paid state income tax in Colorado. Brackett’s no scofflaw, though, but rather capitalizing on a Colorado state program that provides tax credits for small business owners developing in designated areas throughout the state. In OldMore »

Game On

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Be in tune with rules for successful broadcasting   Even though pizza was created (and perfected) well before television was invented, they go together as if they were made for each other. Having a slice while watching the game is a great way to spend a couple hours as a guest, and operators know thatMore »

Hops & Pie, Denver, Co. — Drafted

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Hops & Pie selected as a top Denver spot for artisan pizza and craft beer   Denver, Colorado ,ranks as one of most notable craft beer cities in the country. Amid its brewing explosion, Hops & Pie has become a top beer and pizza lovers’ destination. Restaurateurs Drew and Leah Watson have weaved together aMore »

Five winter soups (recipes) are…

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Of course, January is National Soup Month. It’s winter and warm soup hits the spot. Five customer-pleasing, comfort winter soups to menu are: Click each soup title to go to a full recipe with instructions. For more winter recipe ideas, check out the 2015 Pizza Today Menu Guide.

Operator Expense Breakdown

Operator Expense Breakdown

Chances are, your employees think you strike it rich with each sale. They don’t realize you have to keep your lights on, buy more cheese and market to keep customers. If you make a $10 sale, they think you’re putting $10 in your pocket. Boy, wouldn’t a 100 percent profit margin be nice? If youMore »

Restaurant design trends take on classic good looks

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Nothing goes better with pizza than reclaimed wood. At least that’s one big trend in restaurant design right now. Operators and design experts say as the new year opens, emerging concepts and longtime restaurants are looking to classic finishes to make dining areas warm and inviting. Among those finishes is reused wood for tabletops. “WhatMore »