Dough Doctor: What about white?

Tom Lehmann

The Dough Doctor talks white pizza, laminated dough   Q: We want to do something a little different and offer a white pizza. Can you give some suggestions to help get us started? A: The two approaches that I’ve used successfully to make white pizzas (pizzas made without the traditional red/tomato-based sauce) work quite wellMore »

A Communal Table: The Trendy seating movement can maximize square footage

Photo by Josh Keown

The idea of sitting at a table with complete strangers terrifies some, while energizing others. A table that seats eight to 16 may be considered communal-, gathering- or family-style, and it is a restaurant design concept that is building steam. Datassential, a research company that monitors restaurant industry trends, identified communal dining as No. 5More »

Critical Issues — Financial: Debt Management

2012 January: Debt Management

Is there such a thing as good debt?   Owning a restaurant means incurring debt — it goes with the territory. But not all debt is created equal; certain kinds can move you forward, other kinds can tilt you towards disaster. What spells the difference between good debt and bad? “Debt isn’t inherently bad orMore »

Say Cheese!

Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza

Pizzerias move beyond mozzarella serving modern cheese pizza instead The saying may go, “don’t fix what isn’t broke,” but operators would be remiss to ignore the vast variety of non-traditional cheeses that are readily available. From smoky Gouda and creamy goat cheese to salty feta and pungent bleu, there’s no shortage of artisanal cheeses toMore »

Self-service

Lunch Buffet

Is a pizza buffet right for your restaurant? Introducing a buffet to the lunch or dinner hour can be a great way to draw in customers with a minimal equipment investment. But buffets can be wasteful and put food costs and food supply orders out of operators’ control, too. Is this seemingly easy addition moreMore »

Run Around ’Su — Tiramisu Recipes

keylime_banana tiramisu

These non-traditional tiramisu recipes are anything but typical “Pick me up!” Sure, that’s what your kids said when they were small, but it’s also the literal translation of tiramisu, because it gives you a “pick me up” from the coffee that is sweetened and soaked into the sponge cake or ladyfingers. This smooth and creamyMore »