Restaurant design trends take on classic good looks

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Nothing goes better with pizza than reclaimed wood. At least that’s one big trend in restaurant design right now. Operators and design experts say as the new year opens, emerging concepts and longtime restaurants are looking to classic finishes to make dining areas warm and inviting. Among those finishes is reused wood for tabletops. “WhatMore »

You’re bacon me crazy

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The king of all pork products is tops in pizzerias   As my wife and I watched a competitive cooking show a few months back, one of the judges tasted a certain dish and said, “Chef, I loved your dish but you cheated.” “Uh, excuse me? I don’t understand?” stammered the red-faced chef as theMore »

2014 Pizza Today Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias List

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The following is a ranking of America’s largest independent pizza operations (based on sales) in the U.S. Find out who climbed more than 10 spots from last year’s list. Restaurant Name ’13 Owner(s)/Manger(s) City, State # Units Gross Sales 1 Marion’s Piazza 1 Roger S. Glass Dayton OH 9 19,627,512 2 Pitfire Artisan Pizza 2More »

Man on the Street: Health conscious

Scott Weiner

You know the feeling. You’re in a pizzeria and everything’s great. The staff is helpful and friendly, the ambiance is charming, the music is perfect and the food is excellent. But then it happens — you discover a single unsanitary detail that completely ruins your day. It’s an instant buzz kill and has the potentialMore »

The Big Break-Up

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The dissolution of a partnership doesn’t have to be painful   If a restaurant partnership is similar to a marriage (as many will attest it is), then dissolving a partnership must be very much like going through a divorce — which should be a scary thought for anyone contemplating such a move. “Unfortunately, partnership split-upsMore »

Dough Doctor: Roll with it

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The old-fashioned way still works   Q: What are your thoughts on rolling pins? A: Some time ago I was in on a conversation between a number of individuals lamenting the cost of a dough roller for their shop. The discussion moved from single-pass to double-pass rollers, and then off on a tangent to doughMore »

Places that Rock: Emily / Joe Squared / Transfer Pizzeria

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Emily 919 Fulton St. Brooklyn, New York 11238 (347) 844-9588 www.pizzalovesemily.com Matthew and Emily Hyland opened this popular borrough pizzeria this year serving up what they call “New Brooklyn” style, a doughier sibling to a Neapolitan pizza. The pizza menu is broken down by sauce — The Reds, The Whites, The Pink and The Green.More »

Hold the Fizz

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Operators offer alternatives to soda   It turns out not everyone likes soda with pizza. In fact, soda sales are down in restaurants, as consumers seek something new in non-alcoholic beverages. Operators are responding with everything from old standbys to new concoctions with fun names. Some people simply don’t like soda, and others disdain itMore »