Five fabulous winter toppings to heat up your menu

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The Big Chill   Winter is my busiest season to sell pizza. Unfortunately, this is also the time when produce prices soar to new heights and the quality of these veggies hits a new low. I not only struggle keeping my parking lot cleared and salted, but also battle with my purveyors over flavorless, waxyMore »

Interact — November 2014

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The September “Take-over issue” release party   (Above) Brian Weavel, owner of Anna’s Pizza and Pasta, in Winnebago, Illinois, threw a release party for September’s “Take-over Issue” of Pizza Today. He gave samples of dishes he made in our test kitchen. The party even caught the attention of local Rockford, Illinois TV news stations. (Left)More »

Light it up

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Easy ways to improve external security   Criminals are always looking for easy targets. They will take advantage of any opportunity that makes a business look weak or vulnerable. Burned out lights hide their lurking. Unlocked doors invite them inside. Young employees with deposit bags leaving late at night grab their attention. Because criminals areMore »

On the Floor

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Is there a magical formula for floor plans?   In Somerville, Massachusetts, a small pizzeria called “A4 Pizza” packs a punch in just 1,200 square feet. Customers who sit at the end of the bar have a front-row seat to the main attraction: a well-loved pizza oven. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you’ll find the Pizza Man,More »

Let the adventure begin — sauceless pizzas

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Creative pies defy the norm to become menu stars   Years ago, the late, great Pat Bruno, who spent decades as Pizza Today’s resident chef, predicted the rise of white pies — that is, pizzas without a sauce. Today, sauceless pizzas become mainstays on pizzeria menus. No sauce? But that goes against the holy trinityMore »

Act like they own the place

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Employee ownership can boost productivity   Operators want to reward their best workers, but there are only so many promotions an employee can earn. One way to keep key employees is to offer them ownership in the company. That can mean anything from shares of stock to franchise ownership. It’s a good way not onlyMore »

Places that Rock: The Backspace / My Father’s Pizza / Blind Lady Ale House

The Backspace Austin roasted mushroom.pepperoni.margherita pizza

The Backspace 507 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, TX 78701 (512) 474-9899 thebackspace-austin.com Residing in a restored 130-year-old building, the pizzeria’s interior is rustic with vintage hanging church lights over the bar, wagon wheel wall décor and stools made from old wine barrel staves. Add intimate seating for 30 and The Backspace is a hip, casualMore »

Respecting the Craft: Classic Chianti

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For many years Chianti has been called the wine of Italy. Well known for its original straw bottle, Chianti goes very well with pizza and pasta due to its light character and good acidity content. Other wines, such as Barberesco, Lambrusco or Gragnano, are also amazing and considered to be pizza wines — but ChiantiMore »

The Top Five Pizza Companies are…

The Top Five Pizza Companies are…

Who’s on top in the pizza industry? Each year, Pizza Today presents a list of America’s largest pizza chains. The following pizza companies stand out in the elite top five: 1. Pizza Hut — Plano, TX The leader produces $12.9 billion in annual sales with more than 14,967 stores in 90 countries. Pizza Hut firstMore »

Marketing Theme Nights

Marketing Theme Nights

Everyone loves your pizza, but sometimes people need another reason to visit on a weeknight. Some operators find that theme nights are a good way to attract customers on a slow night, create buzz about the restaurant, and most importantly, build relationships with people who become repeat customers. Chris Ransom, owner and manager of GrandMore »