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Bread Winner

Explore options to add variety to your sandwich menu. What does your employee uniforms say about your brand? Pizza Today travels to Houston, Texas.

 

video games

April 21, 2014 |

Game On

Are video and redemption games right for your pizzeria?   People like to compete. They enjoy keeping score. Most are enthralled by the sense of achievement — that warm, fuzzy realization they qualify as “winners.” As former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi asked: “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” Make no…Read More

margherita pizza

April 14, 2014 |

Respecting the Craft: Know your demographic

When I opened Pizza Rock II in Las Vegas, I tailored the menu very much like I did in the first store in Sacramento. However, I did add a few new styles. You see, I have a restaurant in San Francisco where my Neapolitan line is the busiest and my Margherita pizza is the most…Read More

Caprese Meatball Slider

April 14, 2014 |

Scrumptious Sandwiches

Add variety to your sandwich menu   Do you ever stop for just a moment and realize how lucky we are to be in the business of feeding folks every day? Our routines can certainly become a bit repetitive, leaving us with that same old lack-luster routine. Trust me, it never has to be that…Read More

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April 14, 2014 |

The American Dream — Fuzzy’s Pizza, Houston, Texas

[SlideDeck2 id=30984] Fawaz “Fuzzy” Hajjar builds a booming pizzeria in Houston, Texas Fawaz “Fuzzy” Hajjar came to America from Damascus, Syria, to study chemical engineering. He worked his way through college in Chicago restaurants – first as a busboy, then waiter, then bartender. “I love the restaurant business more than chemical engineering,” he says, setting…Read More

employee uniforms

April 7, 2014 |

Dress it up — Make uniforms work for your brand

Investing in a look for a staff, whether it is a specific uniform from head to toe or more of a dress code that allows individual style, is a powerful way operators can show their customers who they are. A more casual pizzeria might have their staff in T-shirts and jeans whereas a formal dine-in…Read More

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April 7, 2014 |

Within these walls — Barry’s Pizza and Italian Diner, Houston, Texas

[SlideDeck2 id=31022]   Owner Barry Childers creates the comforts of home at Barry’s Pizza in Houston, Texas   Barry’s Pizza & Italian Diner in Houston, Texas exudes a sense of home from the moment customers enter. From its interior to the staff, the inviting restaurant welcomes its guests. We experienced that feeling when Pizza Today…Read More

Jeremy White

April 7, 2014 |

Commentary: Know your market

There’s something to be said for great location selection, knowledgeable servers and a top-flight menu that’s properly engineered and then subsequently executed by expert kitchen staff. With those elements in place, success isn’t too far behind. But, even with these factors in play, a pizzeria owner that doesn’t understand his market is nonetheless sure to…Read More

dough balls

April 1, 2014 |

Dough Doctor: Dough Management 101

From start to finish, a sound process ensures a consistent final product   Q: I’m new to the pizza industry and I’ve heard you mention “dough management” in your articles and presentations, but I don’t understand exactly what it is. A: Dough management encompasses everything you do with or to the dough from the time…Read More

customer appreciation thank you note

April 1, 2014 |

The Power of ‘Thank You’

‘People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.’ — Zig Ziglar   We speak a lot about emotional triggers in the psychology of marketing. What is more emotional than feeling appreciated? Bring your wife flowers on her birthday or bring her flowers just because you love her on a random Wednesday? What…Read More

Eggplant Lasagna

April 1, 2014 |

Trending Recipes: Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

This eggplant lasagna is so good, even kids will eat it. (Just don’t tell them they’re eating their veggies!) Eggplant is hearty and filling, and makes this a great vegetarian option. Pair with a salad for a great full-meal option. Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna 3 medium eggplants Olive oil-flavored cooking spray 1 ounce dried basil 4…Read More

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April 1, 2014 |

Interact — April 2014

The All New Quick Tips Be sure to sign up for the all-new Pizza Today Quick Tips. Packed with helpful ideas and recipes to improve your bottom line.  Sign up at PizzaToday.com. PIZZERIA TWEETS AND STATUS UPDATES DC’s Pizza @DCsPizza Try one of our NEW menu items! Buffalo Motz Sticks $7.49 with Bleu cheese or…Read More

fried, garlic knots

April 1, 2014 |

Stretch ingredients out!

Use current ingredients to expand your menu in new directions OK, friends, International Pizza Expo has come to an end and what an exciting time it was! It just gets bigger and better each year. While I am busy with my involvement with Expo, you probably also saw me buzzing up and down each isle…Read More