2016 Pizza Today Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Sizzle Pie, Portland, OR

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Sizzling! Portland pizzeria becomes rock star of the Northwest What happens when a couple of metal heads decide to open a pizzeria in a suspect neighborhood once known for heroin and prostitutes? Sizzle Pie happens. A major revitalization of a downtrodden area happens. Four stores closing in on $8 million in sales in 2015 happen.More »

Wi-Fi, at Your Service

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Do you need to offer Internet to your guests? With Sacramento and San Francisco as home to HOT ITALIAN’s three locations, it’s fair to say the pizzerias are ensconced in California’s cutting-edge technological landscape. Everything about this pizza-making enterprise screams sophistication, from sleek and modern décor, to pizza toppings like smoked salmon that appeal toMore »

Hiring the right consultant for your pizzeria

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Finding sound advice Pizzeria operators invest their bodies and souls into their restaurants; but, whether they’re newbies or veterans in the pizzeria business, there are times when finding trustworthy outside help and advice is warranted. For Mike Monteleone, owner of two Barone’s Pizzeria locations in the Los Angeles area, opening a fast-casual pizzeria on topMore »

Pizza Today on the Road: Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria, Phoenix, AZ

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From Toils to Triumph Domenick Montanile grows his New York-style pizzeria to be a Phoenix standout A glance at Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria reveals a successful Phoenix-based operation with five locations that crushed through annual sales of more than $14.5 million. The booming pizzeria has even risen to No. 6 on Pizza Today’s 2015More »

Pizza Today on the Road: Sauce Pizza & Wine, Phoenix, AZ

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Awesome Sauce Restaurateur Scott Kilpatrick acquires a fast-casual leader in Arizona It isn’t everyday that a well-developed, successful restaurant brand becomes available, so when restaurateur Scott Kilpatrick had the opportunity to purchase Sauce Pizza & Wine, he and his investment group jumped at the chance to acquire the brand in January 2015 from Fox RestaurantMore »