John Gutekanst

John Gutekanst owns Avalanche Pizza in Athens, Ohio and has a pizza blog called Pizza Goon. He is an award-winning pizzaiolo, baker, teacher, speaker and author and has been featured in Gastronomica, Food Arts, National Geographic, Alimentum Food Journal, Food Network and Best Food Writing, 2012.



July 1, 2017 |

Summer of Veggie Love

‘Tis the season to be fresh Sixteen years ago, a farmer named Bill Shores walked into my pizzeria with a giant box of garlic. He said that he had too much and offered to sell it to me for cheap. By the end of that summer, I was marketing and selling 20 to 30 pizzas…Read More


caprese

June 1, 2017 |

Crazy About Caprese

Classic Italian preparation can be used across the menu Caprese: This term means different things to many different people. But pizza people know that this magnificent combination of mozzarella, tomato and basil is special in so many ways. For me, it’s a giant 5 a.m. creation every summer Saturday morning. This is the time I…Read More


caprese

June 1, 2017 |

Fried Caprese Nuggets

Fried Caprese Nuggets   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 1 large summer tomato diced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 fresh mozzarella, torn in small strips 5 to 7 fresh basil leaves torn in pieces 10 to 12 ounces of your proprietary pizza dough Coarse sea salt as needed Shaved or…Read More


cheese selection, cheese blocks, pizza cheese

May 1, 2017 |

Cheese to Please

Specialty cheeses add panache to an ordinary menu Cheese is life. Anyone who owns and operates a pizzeria knows this intuitively. For most of us in this great pizza country, cheese is on almost every pizza and is the most expensive of the holy trinity with its pals of crust and sauce. The moment cost,…Read More


Pizzeria Makeline Manicotti

April 30, 2017 |

Pizzeria Makeline Manicotti

Pizzeria Makeline Manicotti   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Entree Ingredients 6 dried manicotti tubes 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ medium red onion (1¼ ounces), diced very fine 1 cup fresh spinach, or ½ cup blanched spinach ½ cup (1½ ounces) cooked bacon crumbles from your make line, chopped very fine ½ cup…Read More


Butternut Squash and Guanciale Pizza

April 1, 2017 |

Butternut Squash and Guanciale Pizza

Butternut Squash and Guanciale Pizza   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Pizza Ingredients 1 proprietary nine-ounce dough ball of 60-70 percent hydration Extra virgin olive oil for the pan and crust finish 4 ounces Fontina cheese 24 slices of braised butternut squash from recipe below* 3 ounces of guanciale, cut thin and then in…Read More


Pizzeria Makeline Manicotti

April 1, 2017 |

Pasta la Vista, Baby!

Pasta is the easiest menu addition you can make Pasta always seems to be on those “trending” lists –– either it’s hip or it’s going away. Any way you view pasta, it has had a wonderful history. Researchers have found that this delicious concoction of wheat, egg and salt wasn’t founded in Italy, or even…Read More


April 1, 2017 |

Roasted Poblano Cream (Rajas con Crema)

Roasted Poblano Cream (Rajas con Crema)   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Sauces Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 ounce sliced red onions 1 ounce sliced green sweet peppers ¾ ounce of the chopped roasted garlic cloves Sliced poblano ribbons 2 teaspoons ground cumin ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (you may add more, but…Read More


pepperoni pizza

March 1, 2017 |

Pep Talk

Pepperoni is America’s top pizza ingredient This is a true pepperoni story. One night, six years ago, I received a call from an older customer saying that we made her pizza incorrectly. “You screwed it up! I ordered a plain pizza, and this doesn’t have pepperoni.” “I’m sorry, ma’am,” I said pulling the phone back…Read More


March 1, 2017 |

Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Pizza Ingredients 1 ounce Dijon mustard 3 ounces Béchamel (or alfredo) sauce 1 ounce proprietary aged mozzarella 4 ounces Gruyère 5 ounces, sliced baked ham (Black Forest or Virginia) Instructions Using your proprietary 14-inch crust, brush with the Dijon mustard and then apply the béchamel sauce,…Read More