Pizza Expo News

March 1, 2017

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New From School of Pizzeria Management

There are 14 workshops this year at Pizza Expo. Many are repeat appearances of topics and speakers with huge appeal in past years. But we’ve also continued to refine our offerings. Here are some of the new courses for you to consider for in-depth training from in-the-know instructors: • Franchising for Independents and Small Chains,… Read More

March 1, 2017

Pizza Expo 2016

Expo Spotlight: It’s Show Time

If you haven’t already registered for Pizza Expo, now is the time to go online at and do so. This is your only chance this year to join more than 12,000 pizza professionals from around the globe to SEE, SHOP, NETWORK and LEARN at the World’s largest all-pizza conference and tradeshow. With an exhibit… Read More

March 1, 2017

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Road to Expo: Ferriman Eyes the Entrepreneurial Mountaintop

Boston pizzeria owner and developer Doug Ferriman is a two-time Pizza Expo pizza-making champion, a 2014 World Master and the founder of two innovative pizza concepts. He’s still climbing his own personal career ladder, seeking opportunity in niches of his own creation. Ferriman made his first mark at Crazy Dough’s, a slice business founded in… Read More

March 1, 2017

Road to Expo: Should You Franchise?

If you’re like most independent and small chain pizzerias, you’ve seen John Schnatter tossing footballs with Peyton Manning or the regional company opening pizza stores by the dozens and you’ve wondered: Can I do that too? Should I at least look into it? The answer could well be, “Yes. At least look into it.” We… Read More

February 27, 2017

Pizza Expo Keynotes Exemplify The Independent Spirit

Keynote 1: An Independent’s Independent Our Tuesday, March 28, keynote speaker at Pizza Expo doesn’t own a pizzeria, but if he had one he’d run it the same way he runs his five restaurants in New York City — as a neighborhood hangout that celebrates each individual customer and employee. Those are goals every pizzeria… Read More

February 23, 2017

The Biggest Marketing Mistake Many Independent Operators Make

Everyone wants to grow their restaurants’ sales and profit margins. The problem is that when most operators get serious about creating more sales, they focus on attracting NEW business and ignore the single greatest source for greater future sales – their EXISTING customers. Nearly all of the most profitable and successful independent restaurants we work… Read More

February 1, 2017

Road to Expo: &insights From the Man Who Founded &pizza

Keynote / Michael Lastoria / Wednesday, March 29 / 8:15 a.m. Our Wednesday morning keynote speaker, Michael Lastoria, wasn’t afraid to break some assumed rules of the business while launching and growing the &pizza chain, which currently has 20 company-owned stores in and around Washington, D.C. Thanks to a recent infusion of $25 million of… Read More

February 1, 2017

Road to Expo: Masters From Two Continents Compare Notes

Italy Meets San Francisco / Thursday, March 30 / 9 a.m. When two star pizzaioli share the Demonstration Stage at Pizza Expo on Thursday, March 30, at 9 a.m. they’ll bake classic pies in the Italian tradition. Audience members will see how techniques differ between Italian master Graziano Bertuzzo and famous Californian Tony Gemignani. Both… Read More

February 1, 2017

Clayton Krueger: Pizza Expo is for Learning

If you want to elevate your game, don’t forget to head upstairs at International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas I first attended International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in 2008, one year after our founders had traveled to the show to deliver a keynote address after having been named the 2006 Independent Pizzeria of the… Read More

February 1, 2017

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Mike Bausch: Knowledge is Profit

Concept development done right at International Pizza Expo — don’t miss it I get asked sometimes why I’m so passionate about helping newcomers to the pizza industry. I get asked why I like sharing tips on how to avoid common pitfalls and about the techniques I’ve found for making this job easier. For some reason,… Read More