Dave Ostrander

Big Dave Ostrander is highly sought after pizza industry consultant, speaker at International Pizza Expo and contributor to Pizza Today. He previously owned successful independent pizzeria.



January 20, 2015 |

Operator Expense Breakdown

Chances are, your employees think you strike it rich with each sale. They don’t realize you have to keep your lights on, buy more cheese and market to keep customers. If you make a $10 sale, they think you’re putting $10 in your pocket. Boy, wouldn’t a 100 percent profit margin be nice? If you…Read More


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


October 6, 2014 |

Power Purchasing

Purchasing is the second leg of the profit triangle What is the first question you ask your sales rep every week? I’ll bet it isn’t weather or family related. I’d bet it goes like this: “How much is cheese this week?” I stopped asking the big question in 1989, after I was educated on a…Read More


August 11, 2014 |

Big Dave Ostrander talks dough consistency

Q: Dave, I make my dough fresh every day. Some days it’s perfect and others it’s either too soft or too firm. Since I hand stretch, this is a big deal. What am I doing wrong? Tony S. via e-mail A: Hey Tony! Early on, I also suffered from this dough problem. Back in the…Read More


July 28, 2014 |

Ask Big Dave: Getting up to Speed on Accounting

Q: My brother and I own a pizzeria and deli. We have been open almost two years and business has been OK, but not terrible. We are paying bills, payroll is covered and my brother and I are making money. I don’t think we are making profit; I feel we are making salary for the…Read More


June 23, 2014 |

Ask Big Dave: Understanding Expenses on a Financial Statement

Q: How and where are expenses shown on a financial statement? – Kenny Reid, Boston, Massachusetts A: Your financial statement really is your periodic snapshot and should be treated as your business’s report card. The function of business is to make a profit. If you do not make profit you are acting as a social…Read More


April 21, 2014 |

Minimize Employee Theft

We are in a cash business. We have cash everywhere. In the cash drawers, delivery wallets, petty cash box, night deposit and office. I wouldn’t begin to estimate how much cash has been stolen from me. The amount would probably make me ill. I can document close to a hundred thousand dollars. It’s been said…Read More


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March 28, 2013 |

Ask Big Dave: Employee morale

Q: I have a large group meet here on Thursdays, and they spend a lot of money. My staff gets bummed when they come because it’s frantic for a few hours. What gives? A: One of my customer service counter people turned to the kitchen and announced that four carloads and a tour bus just…Read More