Salso!, World Pizza Championships

2009 July: Salso!

An exhausted Justin Wadstein yawns after working 16 of the last 24 hours at Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar in Santa Cruz, California. For the 23-year-old pizza maker, it’s payback time: In early April, he spent a week competing in the acrobatic dough-tossing challenge at the Campionato Mondiale della Pizza (World Pizza Championships) in Salsomaggiore,More »

2009 August: Check Please!

2009 August: Check Please!

The job candidate you just interviewed is a hard worker who shows up on time and knows how to deal with customers. At least that’s what the eager applicant told you. You want to make sure, so you call some of the references the person gave you. The only problem is that some previous employersMore »

Old School Sicilian Pizza

2009 August: Old School

What makes a Sicilian pizza a Sicilian pizza? In two words: shape and thickness. A true Sicilian pizza is rectangular. A true Sicilian pizza has a crust that is almost a half-inch thick. How do I know this? I know this because next door to my boyhood home in upstate New York there was anMore »

Pasta Primer: Fettuccine

2009 August: Pasta Primer

This is the time of year that many of us (especially those of us living in the Midwest) go bananas over fresh tomatoes. If I had the time, I would write another cookbook called “101 Ways to Use Fresh Tomatoes.” So this time of year I am constantly coming up with new ways to useMore »

2009 July: Main Menu

2009 July: Main Menu

At any restaurant, the quality of the food served is the most important factor in a customer’s happiness. But it’s not the only thing that matters. Consciously or not, customers are forming an opinion about their dining experience from the moment they enter your establishment. “Consumers can go anywhere to eat, but they’ll pay aMore »

2009 June: Ricotta Revelry

2009 June: Ricotta Revelry

Love it or hate it, ricotta just may be the most versatile cheese found in pizzerias today. Not only is it used in pasta dishes, but it can also be found atop pizzas and in rich, delightful sauces and desserts. It’s important to understand what ricotta comes from and how it’s made. Ricotta is ItalianMore »

The Dough Doctor talks calzones

2009 July: Dough Doctor

From time to time I get requests from readers asking for a dough formula suitable for making calzones. The truth of the matter is that while you can use a specific dough formula for making calzones, your regular pizza dough will work just fine in this application. Let’s start by looking at a dedicated calzoneMore »