2009 September: Toss Up

2009 September: Toss Up

When I was 18, I tossed my very first pizza. It was my brother, Frank, who taught me the basics. Then I practiced every day. I noticed that customers were amazed when they came into our pizzeria — and back then I really didn’t do much … just a simple toss and catch. It hasMore »

2009 September: Italian Classics

Classic Margherita Pizza

If we do a time machine scenario and zip back to May of 1889, we find Queen Margherita and her husband, King Umberto I, being served pizza at the palazzo in Naples where they were staying. The king and queen had heard about the famous pizzas of Naples, so naturally they wanted to try them.More »

Dough Doctor: How does gluten affect dough?

2009 August: Dough Doctor

Gluten is the one thing that holds our dough together. Without it, the dough would be a pasty mix of ingredients, lacking the capability of being shaped, hand-tossed or slapped. Contrary to what a bag of fl our might say, flour does not contain any gluten. Instead, it contains specific wheat proteins which, when agitatedMore »

Delivery driver safety begins before driver ever leaves the store

2009 July: Safety First

In the time between when the pizza leaves the parlor and the delivery driver returns to the store, any number of mishaps can occur. While millions of pizzas are delivered safely in the United States everyday, a prepared parlor is less likely to run into the types of trouble that can plague delivery drivers. Let’sMore »

Pizza Bianco

2009 August: Pizza Bianco

White pizza is often defined by what it lacks rather than what it offers. White pizza is devoid of tomato sauce, but not flavor. By omitting the bold, acidic base that most pizzas build on, the toppings take center stage with nuance, subtlety and complexity. In Rome, the pizza bianca exemplifies Italy’s simple, exquisite cuisineMore »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Laundry: Hang to Dry

2009 August: Hang to Dry

For some pizza restaurant operators — such as those who use front and center items like table linens or who have extremely high-volume locations — whether or not to do the laundry in-house or use a laundry service is a no-brainer. In these instances the vote comes down squarely in favor of turning this aspectMore »