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September 26, 2012 |

Penne Carbonara

2 tablespoons butter 1 small red onion, chopped 1 small yellow onion, chopped 4 ounces Portobello mushrooms, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 7 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled into large pieces 12 ounces chicken breast, grilled and sliced 2 cups heavy cream 1/4 cup Romano cheese ¼ cup Asiago cheese salt and pepper, to taste… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Pasta Puttanesca

To understand how best to use olives on pizza or in pasta dishes or antipasti, we must first look at the various types of olives available, their characteristics and overall usage. And then there is the question of pit or no pit. For example, some restaurants will set a small plate of olives on the… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Pasta con Asiago e Spinaci

When I had my cooking school in Chicago, I had to make big batches of this pasta dish for the students because they gobbled it up pretty fast. The idea behind this dish is that the spinach gets “cooked” only from the ambient heat of the pasta, and that technique keeps the dish fresh and… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Pasta and Portobello

Here’s the story: An overgrown crimini mushroom goes by the name of portobello. To put it another way, once the brown crimini gets to be around 4 to 6 inches in diameter it becomes a portobello. Here, we are dealing with a big brown mushroom with broad appeal, and one that can be used in… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Minestrone

4 ounces salt pork, chopped 4 ounces olive oil 2 pounds chopped onion 1 pound chopped celery 1 pound chopped carrots 1 pound chopped green bell pepper 1 pound cabbage, cut chiffonade 6 clove garlic, minced 2 pounds fresh plum tomatoes, chopped 2 gallons chicken stock 8 ounces cooked chickpeas 12 ounces cooked black eye… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Mediterranean Pizza

Simply saying the word “Mediterranean” as it pertains to pizza sets into motion a wealth of tasty possibilities. The palette of ingredients that can be used to fashion a Mediterranean pizza are as colorful and as rich in texture as the countries that make up the Mediterranean community itself. And if we focus solely on,… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

It’s that time of year when tomatoes actually taste like tomatoes. In Chicago, where I live, it’s not easy to get great-tasting fresh tomatoes year-round. In fact, the window around here for vine-ripened tomatoes is open for only about four months of the year. So when those dead-ripe red beauties show up in the Farmers’… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Meat Lovers Pizza

Nobody had to twist my arm to write this column. I am a meat lover from way back, a protein proponent without equal. When I was, oh, about 16 years old, I didn’t have any Italian sausage in the house, so I opened a can of Spam, cut the whole thing into cubes and put… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Manicotti

Manicotti is a tube of macaroni that is stuffed and baked. In a more enlightened fashion, and ignoring the fact that you would have to look long and hard to find the word “manicotti” on a menu in Italy, this is a delicious pasta dish that offers the creative cook a wide range of interesting… Read More

September 26, 2012 |

Maccheroni al Forno

Béchamel and mornay sauces fall into the white sauce category. Mastering both of these sauces opens up a wide and wonderful world of flavors that you can use to enhance pasta and pizza creations. But first some background information is in order. Food historians are pretty much in agreement that the original white sauce, known… 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.