Departments

January 6, 2014 |

Liquid Proceeds: Water usage is one overlooked expense

A pizzeria operator never wants to see money going down the drain. But that’s what happens when an operator is not careful about water usage. The National Restaurant Association reports that quick-service restaurants consume about 500 to 1,500 gallons of water a day and full-service restaurants use up to 5,000. “Restaurants in general are some… Read More

January 6, 2014 |

On the bubble: Marketing beer and wine

Marketing beer and wine will increase sales and keep customers happy. Alcohol sales often boost an operator’s bottom line, but deciding to carry beer, wine and/or spirits should not be about profits only. Operators need to understand who their customers are, what they want and how to keep them returning while still attracting new customers…. Read More

January 6, 2014 |

Fowl Play: 5 great chicken pizzas

Packed with protein, chicken’s acceptance as a commonplace pizza topping has exploded over the past decade. And while the BBQ Chicken Pizza first made popular by California Pizza Kitchen in the 1980s remains a top-shelf crowd pleaser, why limit yourself to just one or two chicken-based pies? Chicken is available to foodservice operators raw or… Read More

January 1, 2014 |

Kesté Pizza & Vino becomes major player in NY pizza scene

[SlideDeck2 id=28269] Every now and then, a concept hits the pizza scene that finds the right combination of concept, star power and craftmanship. Such is the case of Kesté Pizza & Vino in Greenwich Village in New York City. What the restaurant lacks in longevity (it opened in 2009) it more than makes up for… Read More

January 1, 2014 |

Fish Food: Seafood on pizza

In 2007, I entered the World Pizza Championships with my fresh diver scallop and truffle pizza. I was glad to know that the scallops I had meticulously kept iced had survived the two-day wait until being cooked on the pizza. Twenty minutes later, as I stood waiting to enter my Neapolitan pizza, a man I… Read More

January 1, 2014 |

Slice of Hope 2013: A full recap

Slice of Hope 2013 was particularly memorable thanks not only to the bucolic New England scenery, but because of the great pizzeria support we encountered in the Northeast and nationally. In an effort to raise money for the Karen Mullen Breast cancer Foundation, the Slice of Hope cycling crew spent four days riding from Newport,… Read More

January 1, 2014 |

The Big Cheese: Pizza Today’s 2014 Cheese Guide

Americans love cheese. So much so, in fact, that the average person eats 23 pounds of it each year, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Lucky for us, there is a world of cheeses that are as unique as the places they come from. Each offers a taste, texture and aroma… Read More

Tony Gemignani

December 29, 2013 |

What Type of Alcohol Licensing is Best?

Q: Is it better to have a full liquor license, a wine and beer only license, or none at all? A: Years ago when I was traveling a lot, Todd King, a VP for Green Mills in Minnesota, told me to always have a full liquor license if possible. Originally, I came from a fast… Read More

Chicken Enchilada Lasagna Photo by Josh Keown

December 26, 2013 |

Transform Traditional Lasagna with Updated Ingredients

Lasagna is such a staple in the landscape of Italian restaurants and in many pizzerias across our great land. We traditionally see lasagna offered one of two ways –– cheese lasagna or meat lasagna, both layered with noodles, sauce and a blend of cheeses. Let’s explore the different styles of preparation and flavor profiles we… Read More

December 26, 2013 |

Bring your pizzeria web site up to speed

This is an intervention. The Internet has become well-worn territory, yet many of you are still treating your Web sites like it’s 1996. Users’ attention spans are microscopically short for Web sites, so you want there to be as few barriers as possible between potential customers and your business. In a completely selfish maneuver to… 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.