2010 February: Perfect Pies

2010 February: Perfect Pies

Giving a pizza a Mediterranean spin is as easy as saying “tomatoes, olives and anchovies.” But, then that would be giving short shrift to so many other flavors that make up the colorful portfolio of delicious Mediterranean ingredients. For example, we could paint the pizza crust with a pesto sauce and that would bring variousMore »

2013 January: Cater or Die!

2013 January: Cater or Die!

In the restaurant industry, I truly believe the difference between owning a job and owning a business is catering. The difference between eking out a living and living a great life is catering. Before I sold my interest in my restaurant at the end of 2006, I had built my sales to over three millionMore »

Steak Out

2012 December: Steak Out

My pizzeria’s love affair with steak began over eight years ago when restaurant consultant Big Dave Ostrander convinced me to put steak on my menu. Of the 53 toppings I offer, it’s a standout. In fact, in the past 10 months, steak has been responsible for the sale of 1,043 large single steak topping pizzas,More »

Il Pizzaiolo: Pi-zzeria

2012 December: IL Pizzaiolo: Pi-zzeria

Drive up the Virginia beach coast, and just about every block is peppered with at least one pizzeria, full-service restaurant, bar and shake shack. That’s a lot of white noise to wade through, but Pi-zzeria, with sales at $1.2 million annually, seems to have found its voice. The full-service pizzeria launched in 2003 is partMore »

‘You Say Potato’ on Pizza

2012 December: You Say Potato

As a child Sergio Vitale traveled throughout his father’s native Italy. “I remember having potato pizza in Tuscany — it stood out as a unique combination. and i loved how simple and delicious it was,” he says. Today, the chef/owner of Baltimore, Maryland-based Chazz: A Bronx original restaurant brings back those Tuscan memories by creating hisMore »

Hit the Road: Non-owned auto insurance for delivery drivers

2013 January: Hit The Road

You’d probably never think of courting disaster by driving around uninsured. Yet, if you’re like many independent pizzeria restaurant owners, chances are you’re unwittingly placing your business in the same kind of jeopardy. How? By not carrying a non-owned auto liability policy — coverage insuring you should one of your delivery drivers have an accident,More »

Man on the Street: Undercover as pizza chain delivery driver

2013 January: Man on the Street

After my fifth sub-$1 tip, I decided to stop keeping track altogether. I wasn’t doing this for the money, but if I were I would have been horribly disappointed. I was delivering pizzas for one of the Big Three national chains. Despite being a huge fan of all things pizza, I had never actually workedMore »

2013 January: Commentary

2013 January: Commentary

It was always my favorite part of International Pizza Expo — the five minutes I stole away from the crowd and the madness and sat down with my friend Pat Bruno for a reprieve. Being gluttons for punishment, we always started our conversation with our beloved Chicago Cubs. “I’ll never see them win a WorldMore »

On Ice: Ice machine cleanliness

Photos by Josh Keown

When restaurants get lax on ice machine cleaning, the results can be chilling — from a failed health inspection to gross news headlines about black mold clogging an ice machine at a local eatery to, in the worse-case scenario, sick customers. Experts say that’s because ice machines provide an ideal environment for microbes to flourish.More »