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diy video, social media, videos

July 1, 2017 |

Video Stars: DIY Video Production

The average pizzeria can produce its own successful videos We’ve all heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but did you know that a video is worth one million? A recent study concluded that one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words! Video has quickly become the No. 1 medium used… Read More

July 1, 2017 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn, NY

In The Burg Williamsburg Pizza succeeds in crowded Brooklyn market It’s a warm summer afternoon in May when we roll up to Willamsburg Pizza, an unassuming slice joint that pretty much embodies Brooklyn. The small restaurant is gritty, with scratched tables that don’t quite level out, an open door that brings in all sorts of… Read More

Keith Coffman Lost River Pizza Co Bowling Green Kentucky

July 1, 2017 |

On Tap: Keeping it Clean

Dirty draft lines can cause bad experiences for your customers Have you ever ordered a pint of your favorite beer, took a huge drink and WHAM –– it didn’t taste anything like you were expecting? The problem isn’t you or your taste buds. The correct beer was poured. The date on the keg shows that… Read More

pizza boy brewery, al's of hampden

July 1, 2017 |

Destinations: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing Co. The restaurant and brewery is family friendly and offers free WiFi. Al’s boasts 99 draft beer lines and three hand-pumped from cask ales. Dough’s made twice daily. Its pizza menu features specialty pies, hand-tossed pizzas, white pizzas and stuffed pizzas. Specialty pizzas include the Hot Hot Hot (pepperoni, bell… Read More

diFara, pizza, brooklyn, new york

July 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Culture Vultures

I know I’m supposed to write about pizza, but I can’t stop thinking about burritos. As I write this, the food world is in an uproar over a controversial pop-up eatery in Portland, Oregon. A pair of friends discovered incredible handmade tortillas while on vacation in Mexico and decided to launch a business back home using… Read More

July 1, 2017 |

Dining-area Dangers

Take charge of guest safety Ask any pizzeria owner and he or she will insist that keeping diners safe in the front of the house is a top priority. But sadly, taking serious, preemptive steps to prevent dining-area guest injuries sometimes doesn’t happen until after an injury occurs. One pizzeria expert paid close scrutiny to… Read More

from scratch, homemade, salad, dressings

June 14, 2017 |

Dressings: From scratch

It’s summer — peak time for salad sales. Here are some simple dressing ideas to inspire you to make them from scratch: Ranch dressing is easy enough. Odds are that you have everything you need to make a ranch dressing in your shop. Check out this large-quantity ranch dressing recipe. How about a simple Italian… Read More

pizza, tomato, ricotta, spinach, garlic, recipe

June 13, 2017 |

Simply Summer: 5 seasonal pizzas at peak of freshness

The next three months provide a bounty of summer-season produce. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — What’s in season?, look to the following beauties for your summer vegetable pizza: beets; bell peppers; corn; cucumber; eggplant; garlic; green beans; herbs; lima beans; mushrooms; peas; radishes; summer squash; tomatoes and zucchini. Some crops are slower… Read More

June 1, 2017 |

Destinations: Charlotte, North Carolina

A Look at Pizzerias in Charlotte, North Carolina Inizio Pizza Napoletana Owner Grant Arons says Inizio is “the culmination of all my experiences; as a business owner, pizza fanatic and self-proclaimed dough nerd. If there’s one thing besides the premium ingredients that makes us unique, it’s our dough. The attention to detail that we put… Read More

dining room, acoustics, sound controls

June 1, 2017 |

Sound It Out

Take charge of noise control All noise generating from within a pizzeria isn’t necessarily a bad thing –– until it becomes too loud and happens too often. Controlling unwanted noise can be achieved through smart restaurant design, installing noise buffers and ensuring the restaurant staff is aware of, and adheres to, noise control standard operating… 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.