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Hot 100

October 1, 2016 |

2016 Pizza Today Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias

Each year, we mail out surveys to independent pizzerias across the nation. Using their responses, we compile our Hot 100 list — a ranking of America’s 100 largest independent pizza operations (based on sales).This issue is eagerly devoured by Pizza Today’s readers and the list you’ll see on pages 50 and 51 is a testament… Read More

Tom Lehmann
Dough Expert

October 1, 2016 |

Dough Doctor: Full-Court Press

Here’s how to get a dough press to work for you We bought a dough press but we have not been able to get our dough to press out well, as it keeps shrinking back after pressing. A:  There are a number of things that need to be addressed when formulating a dough that will… Read More

Keith Coffman, owner Lost River Pizza Company in Bowling Green, KY

October 1, 2016 |

On Tap: Why Craft Beer?

Editor’s Note: On Tap is a new monthly series by Keith Coffman, owner of Lost River Pizza Co. in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Throughout the series, Keith will discuss the ins and outs of successfully selling craft beer in your pizzeria. Many of you sell the big, light beers at your restaurant, and some of you… Read More

pizza pasta show northeast

October 1, 2016 |

Pizza & Pasta Northeast 2017

Atlantic City, NJ / October 17-18, 2017 / pizzaandpastaexpo.com We’re coming and here’s why Coal-fired New York. Brick-oven Boston. Clam-capital New Haven. Tomato-pie Philadelphia — nearly every city and town between Portland, Maine, and the Potomac River features proud independent pizzerias and Italian pasta houses. Some are long-established and serve old family recipes. Others offer… Read More

various pastas

October 1, 2016 |

Modern Roni

Offer more than spaghetti for an updated pasta menu Pasta is like walking into an amusement park. You can get lost in all the combinations, flavors and lovely profiles –– some old, some young, some just made up on a whim. Either way, the perfect pasta not only depends upon the fancy (or non-fancy) shape…. Read More

Hello Pizza Minneapolis

October 1, 2016 |

Standing Out

Attracting customers takes more than great food and service In today’s market, great food and friendly staff aren’t enough. You’re competing with  up-and-coming and well-established restaurants, not to mention snack shops, convenience stores and supermarkets. A quality product will get you far with customers who walk through your doors, but getting them there in the… Read More

Scott Wiener Owner & Operator Scott’s Pizza Tours, NYC

October 1, 2016 |

Man on the Street: Don’t Tip Your Waiter

More restaurants are moving away from gratuity models I felt like I was getting away with murder. Did the printer somehow forget to dash out the tip line? I played along with what I perceived to be a glitch in the system and signed my credit card receipt when I noticed a sentence at the… Read More

Jeremy White
Editor-in-Chief
Pizza Today

October 1, 2016 |

Commentary: Tap into profit potential

It’s always exciting to debut a new column. We felt like October, being a beer-laden month for many, was the perfect time to roll out Keith Coffman’s new monthly series, On Tap. Keith, owner of Lost River Pizza Co. in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is a craft beer enthusiast. The list of taps he rotates in… Read More

fast casual pizza line

October 1, 2016 | ,

The Promise Land

Are you ready to attract investors? Chef Anthony Carron holds ambitious visions for 800 Degrees Pizza, the Naples-inspired fast-casual concept he launched in 2011. With already more than a dozen units in operation, Carron believes his California-based concept can become a big-time player in the ever-swelling fast-casual pizza space. To get there, though, Carron knew… 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.