Departments

December 9, 2013 |

Sauce It Up with Wine

Building a sauce with wine is a wonderful way to add acidity, body and flavor. Italian dishes with wine as an integral ingredient are aplenty — from risotto deglazed with white wine to Bolognese slow-cooked with red wine and stock. The challenge is knowing which wine is suited for what dish, and whether to deglaze,… Read More

menu sign

December 9, 2013 |

Building a Better Brand

Operators know that reinvention is critical in the restaurant industry because there’s always a new trend to chase or create. Colors and décor go out of style before the paint dries. Customer service can up its game with a new gadget or technology tweak. And food allergies and the “hot” new dish can dictate a… Read More

December 9, 2013 |

Buying Equipment: New or Used?

Jim Fischer’s been in the pizza game for nearly 40 years and in that time, he’s never purchased a new oven. “Not a single one. It’s always been a demo model or a remanufactured oven,” says Fischer, who, after a lengthy run as a Little Caesar’s franchisee, now owns Pizza Patrol, a two-unit operation in… Read More

2014 Pizza Today Menu Guide

December 9, 2013 |

2014 Pizza Today Menu Guide

Pizza Today columnist Tony Gemignani argues in a recent column that trend and tradition can co-exist on a pizzeria menu. We believe that wholeheartedly, because that’s exactly what our readers show us every time we step into their kitchens. This year, we’ve replaced our December Buyer’s Guide with something much more useful: the 2014 Menu… Read More

performance kitchen prep line

December 9, 2013 |

Man on the Street: Customers Want Show and Tell

“I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” It’s the most boring answer to a simple question. I get it, there are a lot of pizzerias out there and you need to maintain a competitive edge to avoid getting swallowed up by the bigger fish. But have you seen what those sharks… Read More

cutting brussel sprouts, kitchen prep

December 9, 2013 |

Research & Development: An In-house Approach

When I decided to open my first pizzeria, I knew exactly what style of pizza I wanted to make: Roman style — the thin, crispy crust with a small gum line and just enough sponge for the guest to taste the flavor of the crust but not have it overwhelm the sauce or toppings. Sounds… Read More

December 3, 2013 |

The Art & Science of Menu Design

When the commodities markets spiked in 2010, squeezing the margins of pizzeria outlets across the country, Joey Buona’s crafted a proactive response: the Milwaukee-based eatery redesigned its menu with an eye on profitability, as well as style. “We certainly wanted a menu that looked nice and was well organized, but we were most concerned about… Read More

wheat crust margherita pizza

December 3, 2013 |

Whole Grain Dough Done Right

There has been a continued interest in developing more foods containing whole grains over the past several years. Part of that interest stems from the fact that whole grains are now a part of every school-age child’s life, so children are becoming more accepting of products made from whole grains. Another significant factor in the… Read More

roasted garlic potato soup

December 1, 2013 |

2014 Pizza Today Menu Guide — Winter

[SlideDeck2 id=26487] «Menu Guide Home  «Winter  «Spring  «Summer  «Fall More great winter recipes: Beast Mode Calzone Jacque Farrell Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza, Tacoma 10 ounces pizza dough 1 ounce sliced pepperoni 1 ounce sliced Canadian bacon 1 ounce sliced salami 2 ounces Italian sausage For the rest of the recipe, click here. James’ Favorite Pizza… Read More

Jeremy White

December 1, 2013 |

Commentary: Master Your Menu

Why do people come to your pizzeria, first and foremost? To eat, right? Once upon a time, you could get by with a streamlined menu that consisted of nothing more than pizza, breadsticks and soda. But today, that’s far from the case. In fact, it hasn’t been like that for a decade now, if not… 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.