Departments

September 1, 2017 |

Commentary: Join Us in Atlantic City

If you haven’t already registered to attend Pizza & Pasta Northeast, there’s no time like the present. Join us for two fun-filled and educational days October 17-18 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. At the Northeast’s largest pizza and pasta trade show, attendees will be able to interact with more than 100 exhibiting suppliers of… Read More

calzone

September 1, 2017 |

Wrap It Up

Calzones serve, deliver easily While calzones have been around for decades, they continue to grow in popularity year after year. I want to share the best practices for creating some creative calzones for you to incorporate into your well-balanced menu. One of the best vessels you can use for an endless variety of culinary concoctions… Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Destinations: Red Bank, NJ

A look at pizzerias in Red Bank, New Jersey Lupo Pizzeria Andrew Datre is a second-generation pizzeria operator with local chain Gianni’s. Ready to infuse his artistic expression, he opened Lupo recently. “My vision for Lupo is to take the basic pizzeria menu and perfect it,” Datre says. The pizzeria locally sources ingredients and features… Read More

exposed ceilings, mozza pi, interior

September 1, 2017 |

In the Heights

Exposed ceilings soar in popularity amongst restaurant designers Industrial duct work, wooden beams or a mixture of both reveal a look that is both modern and somehow a nod to the past. Restaurants that sport an exposed ceiling are on trend with design and present their customers with a space that is open, striking and… Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Pizza Italia, San Antonio, Texas

Social Evolution Pizza Italia ushers in a new decade in San Antonio When Terrance Basone opened Pizza Italia in San Antonio, Texas in 1987, reaching his customer base looked a lot different than it does now. There was no Facebook or Google, and he will be the first to admit it’s not his forte. It… Read More

chicken florentine

September 1, 2017 |

Chicken Florentine: Feel the Flo

Classic dish beautiful to serve, taste What does one of the most popular spinach and chicken dishes have in common with an Italian noblewoman soon to become a French queen? Chicken Florentine of course! The year of 1599 brought the marriage of Catherine di Medici of Italy and King Henry of France. The teenage bride… Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Hot Time in the Ziti

Baked ziti an easy seller with plenty of variety ollowing the history of ziti pasta is like walking through a carnival house of mirrors. Like a lot of Italian foods, ziti is used many different ways in all areas of Italy. Baked pastas are referred to as “pasta al forno” in Italy, which is said… Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Marking the Occasion

How to celebrate an anniversary An anniversary means you’ve done it. Congratulations. Amidst all of the obstacles of operating a restaurant, your pizzeria has made it another year, another decade. There’s reason to celebrate. You deserved it. Your hard-working employees and your loyal customers deserve it, too. When and how do you celebrate? Every year,… Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Conversation with Scott Lyons, Two Brothers Pizza, NY

Two Brothers Pizza Saugerties and Rhinebeck, New York   Scott lets us in on the inner workings of Two Brothers On the business concept — We strive to use local and fresh ingredients. We still focus on being your small hometown pizzeria crafting original and unique pizzas, along with old favorites. On the pizza style… Read More

August 31, 2017 |

Knead to Know: Downward Spiral

Tom Lehmann talks oils, spiral mixers Q: What are the pros and cons of using a blended oil as opposed to an extra virgin olive oil? A: When used in making the dough or sauce, you don’t see any significant difference between a quality olive oil and a blended oil from a flavor or performance… 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.