Dough Doctor: Dough mixing and pizza ovens

2013 May: Dough Doctor

Q: How do I know when my pizza dough is properly mixed? A: Most pizza doughs as we know them are under mixed in regard to full gluten development. The only real exception is commercially made frozen pizza dough which is almost universally mixed to full gluten development. For the retail operator, though, a doughMore »

Il Pizzaiolo / Buckhead Pizza Co. Atlanta, GA

2013 May: IL PIZZAIOLO / BUCKHEAD PIZZA CO. ATLANTA, GA.

I love this business,” says Sean Kelly, co-owner of Buckhead Pizza Company in Atlanta, Georgia. “I love pizza…more, I love the dining experience.” Kelly and partner Sam Abdullah have engineered the Buckhead concept around the dining experience. “It’s a fine dining look at pizza,” says Kelly, whose background is fine dining, while Abdulla previously ownedMore »

The hottest ingredients for 2013

2013 May: THE IN CROWD

Today’s pizzeria customers are savvier than ever thanks in part to a growing trend in upscale options. Sure, pepperoni and cheese are still king in this industry, but customers looking for fresh, organic and locally grown toppings now have more choices than ever. Add in the rise of Neapolitan and artisan focuses, and the pizzaMore »

Social Media: Pizza Tweets and Feeds

2013 May: Social Media

Pizza Tweets Denver Pizza Company @DenverPizzaCo Stop in soon for our Lunch Deal. Monday-Friday until 3pm. $5 for a personal pizza, 2 toppings, and a drink. Why it works: Posting a special the day of doesn’t give customers a whole lot of time to plan. But offering the same special daily ensures repeat business. ReiterateMore »

Il Pizzaiolo / Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, GA

2013 May: IL PIZZAIOLO / ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA, ATL, GA.

Giovanni Di Palma, owner of Antico Pizza Napoletana in Atlanta, Georgia, has created the scenario many operators dream of. Most nights and weekends, a line of eager customers wrap around the parking lot and down the block. Most Saturdays, Di Palma says, Antico sells more than 1,000 Neapolitan pizzas. The high-volume shop near Georgia TechMore »

Employee Incentives: Winning Attitudes

2013 May: Winning Attitudes

Pizza Antica was not selling much bottled mineral water. The servers at the four-unit concept, part of the Bacchus Management Group of restaurants in San Francisco, were not even mentioning bottled water to customers. So Pizza Antica launched the Bottled Mineral Water Sales contest. The winning server was taken, as guest, to one of BacchusMore »

Dough Doctor: Wood vs. Metal Pizza Peels

2013 April: Dough Doctor

Q: I was recently looking through a catalog that I got at the last Pizza Expo and I saw both wood and metal peels being offered by the different companies. Do you have a preference in one over the other? A: My preference is to use a wood peel as a prep peel — theMore »

Il Pizzaiolo: Bella Monica

Bella Monica, Owners, Julie and Corbett Monica

In the literary world, the phrase “write what you know” rings true for many writers. That same principle can be applied in the restaurant industry –– and that’s what Corbett and Julie Monica have done in their 2,770-square-foot trattoria-style restaurant, Bella Monica, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Corbett, whose grandparents owned a restaurant in New Jersey,More »

2013 March: International Pizza Challenge

2013 March: International Pizza Challenge

Traditional Division Northeast: Bruno DiFabio Northwest: Thiago Vasconcelos Southeast: Jane Mines Southwest: Michael Stevens Mid-America: Javier Valdez International: Danilo Lupo Wild Card: Leah Scutto Canada: Rick Nixon   Category Winner: Thiago Vasconcelos   Non-Traditional Division Northeast: Doug Ferriman Northwest: Tim Hoffman Southwest: Joleen Piser Southeast: Michael LaMarca Mid-America: Melissa Rickman International: Floriana Pastore Wild Card:More »