Departments

October 4, 2012 |

Fryer Performance

To get the best possible performance out of your fryer, follow these guidelines: • Use clean oil at all times. • Bring oil to the proper temperature (350 F). If the temperature is too low the food will absorb too much oil. If it’s too high, you’ll burn your product too easily. • Food should… Read More

October 4, 2012 |

Flour Cost Cutting

There is nothing that can be done that I am aware of. Yes, there are a host of different flour types that you can replace a portion of the wheat flour with, such as spelt flour, rice flour, amaranth flour and buckwheat flour, but all of these options are actually more expensive than wheat flour,… Read More

October 4, 2012 |

Employee Discounts

Effective promotions are invaluable weapons in a pizzeria’s marketing arsenal. Imposters abound, but The Employee 10 Percentage Discount Card is worth consideration. Don’t confuse the card with coupons featuring mass distribution, deep discounts and price gratification. This promotion targets local employees who possess disposable income. Unlike coupons, the discount is modest, but its longevity promotes… Read More

October 4, 2012 |

Credit Card Processing Companies

Credit card processing companies call almost every day trying to “save me money”. How do I know who’s legitimate and who’s trying to rip me off? I know it’s enough to make your head spin. About every six months, I give a real close look at a couple of companies that are known to have a… Read More

October 4, 2012 |

Carpet Care

A solid carpet care plan is essential, experts say, to keeping carpet looking good, particularly in a busy restaurant setting. There is guidance out there to help you find the right equipment and people. The Carpet and Rug Institute and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration maintain databases of experts and equipment that can… Read More

October 4, 2012 |

Capital 4 Growth

Even for pizza restaurants with a solid track record of success, it can be extremely difficult to obtain funding for growth. Why are lenders so skittish? Considering the industry’s over-saturation and its notoriously high failure rate, their reticence is understandable. There are other deterrents as well. “Unless they own the building, restaurants typically lack collateral… Read More

October 4, 2012 |

Calculating Cost Per Pizza

Do you know exactly what it costs you to make each of your pizzas? If not, your price structure may not be as ideal as it should be. You can’t begin to calculate your food costs without understanding your ingredient costs. So the first step is to write down all the ingredients used in a… Read More

October 4, 2012 |

Adapting to a New POS System

By nature, humans resist change. We’re comfortable with what we know and often rally against new applications and procedures, particularly when it comes to technology’s rapid pace. Operators introducing a new POS system frequently confront an imposing hurdle, namely staff cooperation. Yet, some careful planning can ease the transition and promote teamwork. • Alert the staff… Read More

2012 October: National Pizza Month Recipes

October 1, 2012 |

National Pizza Month 2012 Recipes

National Pizza Month Pizza Challenge: We asked pizzeria operators to give us their best pizza recipes to celebrate National Pizza Month in October. We received recipes from across the North America. These are our interpretations of the best of the best.         Italian Club Pizza Two Guys and A Pizza Place Lethbridge,… Read More

2012 October: Marketing Matters

October 1, 2012 |

Marketing Matters: The power of imagery

A photo of a recently deceased friend was posted on a social network. As people commented several words kept reoccurring; beautiful, con­fident, intelligent. That photo was powerful; it evoked memories and emotions. Though we view things in varying ways, all of us have emotional responses to the things around us. A picture can convey intense… 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.