Tony Gemignani World-champion Pizzaiolo and Pizzeria Owner

June 1, 2016 |

Respecting the Craft: We’re Not in Naples, Part III

The final chapter detailing why what works in one climate may not work in another In the April issue, I discussed how I left a student perplexed when I explained to him that I had several different dough recipes for Neapolitan pizza dough. Last month, I talked about some of the ways refrigeration, dough temperature… Read More

June 1, 2016 |

Commentary: Tell Mandy She’s Wrong!

Mandy Detwiler and I have a very good working relationship. As well we should — I’ve leaned on her as my managing editor for over a decade now. Like the dude you see driving through your neighborhood to advertise his third-rate roofing service, there’s “no job too big or too small” for Mandy. She does… Read More

Scott Wiener Owner & Operator Scott’s Pizza Tours, NYC

June 1, 2016 |

Man on the Street: In With the New

Attract new customers to your pizzeria College-town pizzerias have it made in the shade. Every semester, a fresh batch of students shows up to take the place of the outgoing class and they’ll all end up ordering pizza sooner or later. Such is not the case for most independent pizzerias. It used to be simple;… Read More

June 1, 2016 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Brick Oven Pizzeria, Lexington, KY

Loud and Proud Hard work, dedication helps Kentucky-based Brick Oven Pizzeria succeed Tim Kolenda didn’t start his Lexington, Kentucky, pizzeria on a whim. After spending his formative years working for a pizza franchise, Kolenda tired of corporate policies and a half-hearted product. Simply put, he thought he could do better. In February 2012, with the… Read More

June 1, 2016 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Goodfellas Pizzeria, Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Boys Kentucky-based Goodfellas Pizzeria growth 10 years in the making There’s a reason Alex Coats and Eric Boggs wanted us to meet at their pizzeria’s original location more than an hour before opening. Just minutes after Goodfellas’ OPEN sign lit, we were dancing around customer after customer in the 950-square-foot pizzeria, and the line… Read More

May 1, 2016 |

Commentary: Speed Kills

When fast-casual pizza first hit the scene, we all had lots of questions about it. And, to be honest, we still do. That’s why we had one of our ace writers, Daniel Smith, look at the topic for this issue. Since burgeoning chains dominate the category for the most part, we also had Associate Editor… Read More

May 1, 2016 |

A pizza party for the ages

The largest Pizza Expo rocks Las Vegas International Pizza Expo lit up Las Vegas March 7-10, 2016, with the world’s biggest pizzeria convention. More than 460 exhibitors showcased services and wares in more than 1,000 exhibiting spaces to 11,500 operators and industry professionals. The show’s educational program kicked off Monday, March 7, with seminars geared… Read More

whole-wheat pizza

May 1, 2016 |

Low-Sodium: A Grain of Salt

Attract more customers by offering lower-sodium options Americans’ love for pizza is nothing to joke about…but neither is their high sodium intake. Over 75 percent of sodium in U.S. diets comes from restaurant, packaged and processed foods, with pizza a top contributor. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly nine… Read More

May 1, 2016 |

Liability: Is a Bullseye on Your Back?

Safeguard your pizzeria against liability issues It’s not just your pizza that’s hot. Your business itself is a hot zone for liability. Every time someone enters or exits your premises, whether an employee or customer, you’re open to lawsuits. “Pizza restaurants are a fast-paced environment,” says Jesse Parenti, hospitality director of the Stratton Agency, a… Read More

Curry Shrimp Pizza

May 1, 2016 |

Trending Recipe: Curry Shrimp Pizza

Are you looking for an easy way to add an upscale pizza to your menu? Give this spicy shrimp pizza a try. You’ve probably got most of the ingredients on hand already. Curry Shrimp Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: pizza Ingredients 12-ounce dough ball ¼ cup crushed tomatoes 8 ounces raw shrimp… 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.