February 2012


February 2012 Cover

Say Cheese!

Master the art of blending cheeses for dynamite pizzas. Add menu items to please vegans and vegetarians. Get tips on turning around poor performance for max efficiency. Pizza Today travels to Omaha, Nebraska, to visit Dante Pizzeria and Mangia Italiano.

2012 February: Turn Around

October 20, 2014 |

Turn Around

Underperforming operations need to get SLOPPIE   If your sales are increasing, give yourself a big pat on the back. If your sales are flat, and you are barely breaking even, welcome to the new normal. If you are afraid of what the future has in stock for your store, the clock is ticking. The…Read More


April 14, 2014 |

Body Language

You want the good news first, or the bad? The good news is that where it concerns pizza, customers are starting to make decisions based on factors other than pricing. For pizza restaurants that have seen their profit margins plummet due to the price wars that have afflicted this industry, this change is welcomed. The…Read More

2012 February: Who Needs Groupon?

February 1, 2012 |

Who Needs Groupon?

Consider do-it-yourself alternatives to daily deals sites   Last year, San Francisco Bay-area chain Patxi’s Chicago Pizza pulled off one of the most popular Groupon deals ever, selling nearly 7,000 “$20 of food for $10” coupons. But despite the promotion’s overwhelming success, Patxi’s isn’t sold on daily deals sites. “I don’t think we’ll ever do…Read More

2012 February: Optimizing Partnerships

February 1, 2012 |

Optimizing Partnerships

Communication, defined roles critical to a successful partnership in the pizzeria world   Bob Wilson and Kevin Hershock’s relationship spans some 30 years. Each calls the other a dear friend. The two talk regularly, sharing laughs, life’s turns, and Detroit Lions season tickets. For the last 10 years, the two have also shared something else:…Read More

2012 February: Il Pizzaiolo: Mangia Italiana

February 1, 2012 |

Il Pizzaiolo: Mangia Italiana, Omaha, NE

When Tony and Dana Constantino were looking to increase family cash flow so their kids could attend top-flight schools in Omaha in 2003, they did what any reasonable person would do in that situation: they started a food truck business. All joking aside, the Constantinos either didn’t know or didn’t care that food truck operations…Read More

2012 February: Il Pizzaiolo: Dante Pizzeria

February 1, 2012 |

Il Pizzaiolo: Dante Pizzeria, Omaha, NE

Nick Strawhecker made plenty of stops on his way back home to Omaha, where he opened the city’s first certified Neapolitan pizzeria in 2008. Born in Nebraska, Strawhecker moved around a lot beginning in his teens, when his family relocated to England for three years. During that time, and since, Strawhecker traveled extensively throughout Europe….Read More

2012 February: Hold The Meat

February 1, 2012 |

Hold the Meat

A variety of vegetarian and vegan options help diversify your menu   While there are varying degrees of vegetarianism, let’s use the simplest terms. A vegetarian does not eat meat, fish or poultry. Veganism is where it gets a little more complicated. Vegans also abstain from meat, fish and poultry, with the addition of not…Read More