July 2015, pizza today, cover

You’re Cured!

Tap into the cured meats craze. Learn to make your own fresh mozzarella and ravioli. Get tips on ways to wow your customers on your website.

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July 13, 2015 |

Outside Looking In

Remote monitoring can reduce losses, heighten efficiencies and increase the bottom line Suspect an ongoing issue with internal theft, shrinkage or sweethearting? Curious if staff members are following store procedures around closing, food handling or cash management? Have a hunch that energy use is much higher than it should be? Remote monitoring –– the ability…Read More

Soda fountains are a main hiding place for bugs because of their sticky sweet splatter.

July 1, 2015 |

Four battle strategies to win the war against pests

Apply offensive and defensive tactics to pest control That four-letter word –– PEST –– can strike fear in the heart of any restaurant owner. Fighting vermin can seem like a never-ending war. And face it. If you’re worried about pests invading your pizzeria, you have good reason. Here’s some food for thought from the National…Read More

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July 1, 2015 |

Man on the Street: Got swag?

Merchandising matters, so choose wisely   I realized last week while folding a load of laundry that at least 80 percent of my t-shirt collection is pizza-related. Some have catchy phrases or images and others are from pizzerias I’ve visited over the years. But it doesn’t end there; my tiny apartment is a warehouse for…Read More

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July 1, 2015 |

J.B. Alberto’s, Chicago — Delivering the Goods

J.B. Alberto’s is a Delivery Powerhouse   When Tony Troiano was in high school, he did not necessarily get to participate in all the extracurricular activies so many kids often enjoy. That’s because he had a business to run. “When I was five years old I was wiping down tables, cutting bread and grinding cheese…Read More

Choripollo Pizza, mexican pizza, chicken, chorizo, salsa, queso blanco

July 1, 2015 |

Trending Recipe: Choripollo Pizza

Mexican restaurants rival pizzerias in popularity, so we’ve taken a classic Mexican dish –– chorizo and chicken –– and turned it into a pizza. We think this one will sell well, but remember the chorizo is spicy and packs a punch, so don’t use so much that you overpower the rest of the ingredients. <<…Read More

cured meats, pizza, pancetta

July 1, 2015 |

You’re cured!

Bacon is great, but do you know your cured meats? From Papa Murphy’s Bacon, Bacon, Bacon Pizza to Little Caesar’s bacon-wrapped crusts, the delicious pork product has become America’s sweetheart. Riding on the bacon-mania wave, bacon’s more mature Italian cousins are starting to appear on American’s radars — and pizzas. Guanciale, pancetta, speck, prosciutto and…Read More

augie's pizza and ribs, pizzeria, cleveland, ohio

July 1, 2015 |

Places that Rock: Denver Deep Dish / Pizzeria Ortica / Augie’s Pizza & Ribs

Denver Deep Dish 819 Colorado Blvd. Denver, Colorado (720) 515-9090 denverdeepdish.com In December, the three-year-old Chicago-style pizza company opened its second location in the Mile High City. The famous Chicago-style hot dog appears on its expansive menu. True to tradition, the hot dog features a steamed poppy seed bun topped with mustard, neon green relish,…Read More

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July 1, 2015 |

Five clever ways to make your Web site sizzle

Visitors visually take in, and then judge, a Web site in just 50 milliseconds, according to a Google study on first impressions. That’s not much time to grab the attention of browsing customers –– and better yet, invite them to stay. In today’s ever-expanding online environment, having an eye-catching Web site not only makes your…Read More

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July 1, 2015 |

Respecting the Craft: Fresh Focus

July is a time when fresh garden tomatoes become available at local Farmer’s Markets. Whether they’re “Early Girls” or “Big Boys” or any of the other available varieties, you simply cannot beat a fresh heirloom tomato. When they are available, you should definitely make use of them on your menu in as many ways as…Read More

dough doctor, whole grains, pizza dough

July 1, 2015 |

Dough Doctor: Great Grains

The Dough Doctor takes a look at whole-grain crusts America’s obsession with health hasn’t slowed down. Our industry has survived low-carb and low-fat diets, but we can still remain a viable option for those seeking healthier eats. I’d like to talk about how to make a whole-grain type dough/crust. By definition a whole-grain crust is…Read More

spinach ravioli

July 1, 2015 |

Holy Ravioli!

Pillowy stuffed pockets are big movers in pizzerias   Stuffed pasta pillows, known as ravioli, have been filled with either beef or cheese for decades. It was that simple. Now with the Food Network’s popularity, the culinary arts have become such a highlight with more and more home cooks, chef wannabes and other great culinarians…Read More

burrata, fresh mozzarella

July 1, 2015 |

It’s a Stretch — Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh mozzarella sets your pizzeria apart Scott Gittrich, president of Toppers Pizza, doesn’t mind his work commute. That’s because since 1998, Whitewater, Wisconsin-based Toppers Pizza, which has 70 locations across 11 states, has used a local cheese company as its primary supplier and manufacturer for its mozzarella. Located in Belgium, Wisconsin, the manufacturer receives milk…Read More