August 2013

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August 2013 Cover

2013 Independent Pizzeria of the Year

See why California-based Pitfire Artisan Pizza earned this year’s top honor. Explore the mobile pizzeria phenomenon. Get tips on overhauling your brand and marketing theme nights.

Marketing Theme Nights

October 27, 2014 |

Marketing Theme Nights

Everyone loves your pizza, but sometimes people need another reason to visit on a weeknight. Some operators find that theme nights are a good way to attract customers on a slow night, create buzz about the restaurant, and most importantly, build relationships with people who become repeat customers. Chris Ransom, owner and manager of Grand…Read More

Tony Gemignani talks secrets to great tasting tomato sauce

February 24, 2014 |

Tony Gemignani talks secrets to great tasting tomato sauce

Q: What are some ways to properly preserve and store tomato sauce? A: In order to make a great tasting tomato sauce you always want to use the best and freshest tomatoes you can find. Although choosing to use the freshest and best ingredients can be costly, you will in turn not need to add…Read More

Scott's Pizza Tour

February 10, 2014 |

Incentives and rewards encourage employee retention

Inside the Chicago-based corporate office of Home Run Inn, a wall features dozens of photographs of employees who have been with the 90-year-old company for more than two decades. For Home Run Inn president Dan Costello, the images not only celebrate loyal employees, but also remind corporate staff that employees — from GMs to busboys…Read More

Cheap eats -- low-cost menu items can still please customers

December 16, 2013 |

Low Cost Crowd Favorites

Friends, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to stop talking about adding some new items to your menu and just do it. Putting it off is no longer an option. You’ve probably been talking about menu changes or additions for a year now. Sure, our mornings usually start with a well-planned day, filled…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

You say Panini, I say panino

July 30, 2013 |

You say Panini, I say panino

Panini is the plural form for panino, which is literally the term for “small bread roll” in Italian. Technically, any sliced bread shouldn’t be called a panini or panino, but even in Italy, most sandwich shop operators will let you get by with calling everything a panini. This wonderful hot sandwich is a moneymaker as…Read More

Pizzeria Social Media Marketing

July 30, 2013 |

Pizzeria Social Media Marketing

buy essay Pizza Media Facebook.com/PizzaToday • Twitter.com/PizzaToday • Instagram.com/PizzaToday • Youtube.com/PizzaTodayMagazine PizzaToday.Tumblr.com • Twitter.com/PizzaExpo • Facebook.com/PizzaExpo • iPad • Google Play • Vine: @PizzaToday Pizza Tweets OTTO @OTTO_Pizza Just a few days left to submit your ‘OTTO Rocks!’ record album mash-up! Win $100 in pizza (and much more)! http://ow.ly/m0n2I Why it works: This edgy New…Read More

food truck

July 30, 2013 |

Mobile pizza units add sales, street cred

Lloyd Helber owns six Pizza Cottage restaurants located throughout Central Ohio, but ask him about the wave of the future and he’ll tell you mobile kitchens. “Food trucks are the next generation of restaurant,” says Helber, who launched his first mobile unit this April. “We see a trend that’s starting to explode and we want…Read More

Bell Peppers, one of the best weapons in your arsenal

July 30, 2013 |

Bell Peppers, one of the best weapons in your arsenal

Sweet peppers are one of the most versatile and forgiving vegetables around. They can take a beating and come out perfect. Roasting peppers heightens them with an initial frontal mouth-blast before the caramelized sugars kick in for a delicious finish. These red, green and yellow beauties also liven up any pizza, salad or pasta with…Read More