Departments

unemployment claim dispute

March 1, 2017 |

Unemployment Matters

How restaurant leaders can minimize baseless unemployment claims and the trouble they often bring In any given week, roughly 250,000 unemployment insurance claims will be filed across the country, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. And given the restaurant industry’s notoriously high turnover rate — as much as 300 percent annually by… Read More

tutta bella, seattle, community organizations

March 1, 2017 |

Establishing Community Partnerships

Operators say they have criteria for choosing which nonprofits to support James Tzepos, owner of Zois’ Pizza in Seymour, Connecticut, fields many requests from community organizations to partner with them for a fundraiser or to donate money or pizza. “I get so many in the mail, or somebody walks in and hands me something and… Read More

March 1, 2017 |

Baker’s Lung

What is the medical condition — and why should you be concerned about it? Last year, James Beard Award-winning pizzaiolo Chris Bianco recaptured a place in the headlines. The Phoenix-based chef, whose fame and following swelled in the early 2000s with Pizzeria Bianco, returned to the restaurant game in mid-2016 with Tratto, a tiny, strip… Read More

verde pizza, baltimore, maryland

March 1, 2017 |

Destinations: Baltimore, Maryland

A Look at Pizzerias in Baltimore, Maryland Verde Marianne Kresevich and Edward Bosco opened Verde in an 1880s row house. The sleek, upscale eatery is cozy and casual, offering private and communal seating. Verde specializes in Neapolitan-style with a menu of wood-fired pizzas, calzones, salads and desserts. The pizzeria offers house-made mozzarella. Its extensive pizza… Read More

motorino pizza menu

March 1, 2017 |

Going Off Menu

Today’s diners need a different kind of menu than in the past What is the point of a menu? Does it just convey the price and the information of what the kitchen executes, or is it an opportunity to maximize a ticket average? I think we all know the answer to that, but what actually… Read More

stretching pizza dough

March 1, 2017 |

Knead to Know: Snapped!

Common dough problem has plethora of causes Q: We have a continual problem with dough snap-back after placing it on the screen for baking. Is there anything that we can add to our dough to eliminate this problem? A: Dough snap-back, or dough memory, can be addressed in a number of different ways (which I’ll… Read More

February 3, 2017 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Hot Italian, Sacramento, CA

Modern Italy Meets California Hot Italian’s concept, menu sharp amongst heavy competition We visited California’s Hot Italian on a steamy fall day. It was past lunch, but the restaurant was full of folks downing Italian beer and eyeing one another’s pizzas. With high ceilings, a loud beat and décor that leaned toward Italian cycling, we… Read More

February 3, 2017 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Sal’s, Ithaca, NY

Easy in Ithaca New York pizzeria has been a college-town  mainstay for more than two decades Ithaca, New York, may be a small college town, but it’s one that is decidedly comprised of foodies who are loyal to local restaurants. Residents and college students love their signature restaurants, and local restaurateurs love them right back…. Read More

February 1, 2017 |

Destinations: Hartford, Connecticut

A look at pizzerias in Hartford Connecticut Naples Pizza Opened in 1995, Naples Pizza is a family-owned and -operated restaurant serving Neapolitan-style pizza, calzones, panini, grinders, pastas and salads. Artisan pies include the Oozy Egg with house-made fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, truffle oil and two eggs. The Spicy Soppressata is topped with fresh mozzarella, hot cherry… Read More

Butternut Squash and Guanciale Pizza

February 1, 2017 |

Turn the Other Cheek

Guanciale offers a time bomb of flavor I have many farmer friends who raise pigs in rural Ohio. Over the years, they’ve turned me on to some great “off cuts” that most people don’t see like liver, trotters and neck. One of the most delicious cuts I get from these hogs is the cheek. This… 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.