2009 November: Pasta Primer

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti with Meatballs This recipe is very close to how my mother did her meatballs, but there are as many recipes for meatballs as there are Italians. This recipe makes 18 meatballs, each about 2 inches in diameter. Makes 6 servings (scale up in direct proportion) 1⁄2 pound ground pork 1 pound lean ground beefMore »

2009 November: First Impressions

2009 November: First Impressions

If I had to choose between the best counter and phone person or the best pizza maker, I choose the best customer service rep. Pizza makers are made through a mentoring training program. You make and shape them into pizza assembly machines. On the other hand, I believe that CSR’s are a blend of trainingMore »

2009 November: Launched

Tony Gemignani, Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Tony Gemignani has already made quite a name for himself in the pizza industry. His dough-tossing prowess is well publicized, and his list of awards and honors seems to grow by the day. From cookbooks to children’s books, from leading the World Pizza Champions to teaching the art of pizza at his newly minted pizzaMore »

2009 October: Udderly Delicious

steak pizza slice

In a race to outdo the competition, there aren’t a whole lot of ingredients left that have not turned up on a pizza. The fact is there’s nothing new about all of this; it now simply becomes a matter of marketing and advertising to get the customers’ attention. In my book, The Ultimate Pizza Cookbook,More »

2009 November: Wicked Web

website, web, online

On a February evening in 2007, a Boston computer programmer named Jascha Franklin-Hodge received a call on his cell phone. He noticed the caller ID displayed a Chicago number. He was asked to create a robust, Web-based communication strategy for some guy named Barack Obama. That evening, history was set in motion. The Web, forMore »

2009 November: Dough Doctor

2009 November: Dough Doctor

Oil is a truly multi-functional ingredient in pizza dough production. It can affect everything from the crispiness to flavor of the crust, as well as the way the dough handles during shaping. The type of oil used can influence the flavor of the finished crust, providing anything from a neutral flavor to characterizing flavor. ForMore »

2009 November: Crunching Numbers

2009 November: Crunching Numbers

If you run a full service restaurant, it’s difficult to figure out how many tables to assign to each server. You want customers to be served promptly and accurately so they return. You also want servers to earn enough tips to keep them happy. Robert Smith, director of operations for Pizza Antica in California, saysMore »

2009 November: Fired Up

wood fired oven

Cooking with wood has been around since the dawn of civilization, so there’s no singular revelation attached to that method of cooking. On the other hand, cooking pizza in a wood-fired oven has been going on only since the turn of the century in this country. In recent years, however, the fire has been bankedMore »

2009 November: Prep School

prep chicken

Adam Goldberg, owner of Fresh Brothers in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, was slammed — on a Monday. The restaurant’s volume was up way more than normal. The lunch rush had extended to 3:30 p.m., leaving staff only one hour to prep before dinner service. Remarkably, staff never fell behind. Goldberg doesn’t attribute itMore »