Trending Recipe: French Brûlée Martini

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This toasty martini is served warm. It’s perfect for cold-weather months and includes seasonal items you don’t need to store year ’round.   French Brûlée Martini Courtesy of BoomBozz Pizza and Taphouse, Louisville, Kentucky 2 ounces top-shelf vodka ¼ ounce Chambord 4 ounces hot water 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix 2 marshmallows White chocolate syrupMore »

Lucky Pie, Denver, Co. — A Tale of Two Locations

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Colorado-based Lucky Pie goes urban and small town   Lucky Pie –– with a location in Denver, Colorado, and one in its far northwestern suburb of Louisville, Colorado –– is proof positive that a concept originated in a small town of 18,000 can translate to a bustling metropolitan downtown district. Brendan McManus has worked hisMore »

Dough Doctor: Early Riser

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The Dough Doctor talks salt, breakfast pizza   Q: We are thinking about opening earlier in the morning to get in on some of the breakfast trade. Do you have any suggestions as to what we could make that would be well accepted? A: While some stores make smaller, individual-sized pizza topped with ham, bacon,More »

Trending Recipe: Smoky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

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Bourbon is white hot right now and can be found as flavoring in everything from bacon to candy. Pizza Today is located right in the heart of bourbon country, so we gave this smoky bourbon barbecue sauce a go — and it was finger lickin’ good! Smoky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce 1 white onion, minced 10More »

Bar Bites

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Developing a bar, happy hour or late-night menu will only increase food and beverage sales   Whether you have a full bar or sell a small selection of beer and wine, designing a series of appetizers, small plates or specialty menu items appealing to those who imbibe will only increase food and beverage sales. ThinkMore »

Places that Rock: Millie’s Old World / Xlixe / Apart Pizza Co.

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  Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza 60 South Street Morristown, New Jersey 07960 (973) 267-4992 milliesoldworld.com   With meatballs in its name, this family-style restaurant is famous for its fried meatballs served with a bowl of ricotta and marinara sauce. Its open kitchen features side-by-side, coal- and wood-fired  “dueling ovens.” Chef Peter Martinez meticulouslyMore »

Tasty Sips

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Establish a marketplace niche, deliver a more cohesive dining experience with coffee and tea service   History tells us Kenny Howard isn’t afraid to gamble. When Howard opened Fireflour in 2012, he bet that blue-collar Bismarck, North Dakota, would embrace artisan pizza. A year later, Howard doubled down. He took over an adjacent storefront andMore »

Respecting the Craft: Grandma

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Tony G. explores the rising national popularity of this Long Island staple — Grandma-style pizza   Nearly 15 years ago I tried a grandma pizza near Bari, Italy. Ironically, it was in a pizzeria named Big Apple Pizza. I was with George Giove at his family’s pizzeria. George and his family had moved from StatenMore »

Man on the Street: Pizza Rankings

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Do ‘Best of’ pizza lists have merit?   We all get the same messages in our inboxes. When a Web site releases a list of “Top 10 Pizzerias in the USA” or “50 Bucket List Pizzerias,” I instantly get a barrage of “Do you approve of this list?” e-mails. I know it’s helpful to haveMore »

What a Loss

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Do you know how to factor loss into your financials?   Shrinkage, spoilage, breakage, over-use of ingredients, unrecorded sales, incomplete order deliveries, unanticipated repairs, turnover, even outright theft — there are countless ways to lose money in the restaurant business, says Aaron Allen, founder and CEO of Aaron Allen & Associates, an Orlando-based restaurant industryMore »