Departments

2013 May: Man On The Street

April 26, 2013 |

Man On The Street: NY slice / artisan pizza battle

The streets of New York are in the midst of an epic battle. In one corner, the classic slice weighs in with its thin-yet-yielding crust topped with tomato sauce and low moisture mozzarella cheese. In the opposite corner waits a smaller, more delicate pizza baked in a showpiece oven and topped with hand-crushed tomatoes under… Read More

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

April 26, 2013 |

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 owned… Read More

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

April 26, 2013 |

Il Pizzaiolo / Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, 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 Tech… Read More

2013 May: Dough Doctor

April 26, 2013 |

Dough Doctor: Dough mixing and pizza ovens

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 dough… Read More

2013 May: Did You Know / Places That Rock

April 26, 2013 |

Did You Know / Places That Rock

International Pizza Expo 2013 was another record-breaking year — and it once again closed with a $20,000 MEGABUCKS Giveaway. According to NBC News, 10 million pounds of frozen pizza and other snacks were recalled last month over fears the products may be contaminated with E. coli 0121. Minnesota has 1,435 pizzerias More than 4,200 people… Read More

2013 May: Cheese Encounters

April 26, 2013 |

Cheese Encounters

I have been involved in a complicated relationship for 14 years. My partner is fickle, moody, unstable and inconsistent, but I can’t get rid of her. Because of her voracious greed, she takes all my money, squanders it and I never see it again. Unfortunately, my customers adore her and cannot get enough of her,… Read More

2013 April: Move Over, Main Stream

March 28, 2013 |

Move Over, Main Stream

As the Pizza Today crew travels the country and interacts with operators at events like International Pizza Expo, there is one trend that shakes the core of traditional advertising. In lieu of radio, television and newspaper spots, many independent operators are gravitating towards innovative solutions that bring pizzerias closer to their patrons and potential customers…. Read More

Photo by Josh Keown

March 28, 2013 |

Master Of The Pan

Pizza pans matter when it comes to creating the perfect crust, flavor At an old used restaurant warehouse in West Virginia, I stared into a dark corner at several three-foot stacks of blue-steel pizza pans piled like greasy towers. Their thick, bumpy sides indicated that they were at least 15 years old, probably older. With… Read More

Photo by Mandy Detwiler

March 28, 2013 |

Man on the Street: Defending the Pizzarazzi

The crowd gasps an undeniable breath of anticipation the moment she appears on stage. After a brief announcement from the emcee, the crowd exchanges quips of admiration regarding the impending performance. As the moment of performance arrives, paparazzi descend upon her. But the stage is not that of Madison Square Garden, it’s a table; the… 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.