California Pizza Kitchen Founders Pursuing New Concept

Last week we reported on Chipotle’s effect on pizza. This week brings news that a pair of heavy hitters are entering the ever-growing field of competitors vying to become the “Chipotle of pizza.” According to this article in the Los Angeles Times, Larry Flax and Richard Rosenfield have announced that they will launch a so-calledMore »

Papa John’s Adds New Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza — Now It’s Your Turn to Cash In on the Trend, Too

With the trend towards bold flavors continuing, Louisville, Kentucky-based Papa John’s International has rolled out a Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza for the 2013 holiday season. The pizza features a creamy chipotle sauce and is topped with sliced chicken poppers, bacon, sliced Roma tomatoes, grated cheddar cheese and mozzarella. Through December 29, the company isMore »

Laser-Guided Pizza Cutters? Yes, They Exist …

Cue up the “Star Wars” music. We have seen the future, and it comes to us in the form of a pizza cutter. A basic kitchen tool, you say? Well, perhaps you need to get with the program. If you’re still serving slices that are not of exactly equal proportion, perhaps your less-than-steady hand needsMore »

Pizza Today Invites Daily Show Host Jon Stewart to Judge International Pizza Challenge

Pizza Today magazine has formally invited Daily Show host Jon Stewart to serve as a judge at the upcoming International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas. One of the cornerstones of International Pizza Expo, the world’s largest pizza industry trade show, the International Pizza Challenge draws competitors from around the world who compete for titles inMore »

Server says she was fired for dine-and-dash customer bill

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A New York server says she was fired for not covering a $96 tab left unpaid by three dine-and-dash customers, according to an article on Gothamist.com. Suzanne Parrat claims Pig N Whistle Manager Eugene Wilson told her that she would have to cover the tab left unpaid –– or her co-workers would have to cover itMore »

McDonald’s apologizes after explicit music airs in dining room

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Fast food giant McDonald’s has issued an apology for explicit music featuring violent rape and underage sex playing in one of its restaurants. A night shift employee connected their personal music player into the Haverfordwest restaurant’s sound system while the location was closed, but failed to remove the device before the morning shift. Customers eatingMore »

Giordano’s Pizza responds to Jon Stewart’s Chicago pizza rant

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The New York pizza verses Chicago pizza battle rages on. Giordano’s Pizza has teamed up with Chicago comedian Pat McGann to respond to Jon Stewart’s rant on deep dish pizza on The Daily Show on November 13. Watch Giordano’s clever response video: Check out what Jon Stewart had to say about Chicago-style pizza on TheMore »

Chipotle’s Effect on Pizza

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The rush to replicate Chipotle’s service model in the pizza industry began five years ago, but it’s really hitting a fevered pitch now. Many experts agree that we’ll see an explosion of units dedicated to duplicating the concept in 2014 and beyond for some time time come. Take this pizzeria, for instance, which made headlinesMore »

2014: The Year of the Anchovy?

In 2013, we correctly prognosticated that quail eggs, pumpkin and sweet piquanté peppers would be at the forefront of the artisan pizza movement. Not long after, progressive pizza makers across the country were experimenting with the toppings. What ingredients will those who push the envelope place in their arsenal for 2014? At least one sourceMore »

Pizza Today officiates Guinness Book of World Records title

Scott Wiener sits in his Brooklyn apartment shortly after we finished counting his impressive collection of pizza boxes.

It’s official: Pizza Today Man on the Street columnist Scott Wiener has the world’s largest collection of pizza boxes — or so says The Guinness Book of World Records. How do we know? Art Director Josh Keown and I were on hand to count each. And. Every. One. All 595 of them. Twice, and doubleMore »