A Conversation with John Gutekanst, Avalanche Pizza

John Gutekanst

John lets us in on menu trends and adding new menu items   John Gutekanst Avalanche Pizza — Athens, Ohio John is Pizza Today’s resident chef. 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,More »

A Conversation with Bob Rybak, My Pizzetta (with Web Exclusive)

Right: (bottom row) Landon Rivera and Tarryn Rybak; (middle row) Brennan Rivera, owners Bob Rybak and Sharon Rybak and Jackson Rybak; (back row) Julio Rivera, Sarah Rybak, Angie Stuchel and Paul Rybak

Bob lets us in on opening a drive-thru pizzeria My Pizzetta North Royalton, Ohio The Rybak family opened My Pizzetta in 2013. The pizzeria is a drive-thru only, build–to-order concept using a gas-fired dome oven.   My Pizzetta is America’s first, made-for-you, pizza drive thru. Each pizza is baked fresh in a stone oven. CustomersMore »

Respecting the Craft: Classic Chianti

Tony Gemignani headshot

For many years Chianti has been called the wine of Italy. Well known for its original straw bottle, Chianti goes very well with pizza and pasta due to its light character and good acidity content. Other wines, such as Barberesco, Lambrusco or Gragnano, are also amazing and considered to be pizza wines — but ChiantiMore »

Respecting the Craft: Do as the Romans do

roman thick and thin side

Roman-style dough can be made several ways. One of the best recipes I have worked with is a bulk ferment. To do a bulk ferment, mix the dough and then, instead of cutting and balling it, divide the large dough in fourths, place into sealed containers and let rise for 48 hours in a refrigerator beforeMore »

Represent!

Denise Greer

Who speaks for your pizzeria? For most, it’s an owner, general manager or chef/kitchen manager. And for some, it’s a public relations rep or publicist. At Pizza Today, we hear from a lot of PR folks, pitching stories about pizzerias they represent and working with us on specific articles. Today, I made contact with aMore »

A Conversation with Lisa Dahl, Pisa Lisa, Sedona, AZ

Pisa Lisa - Lisa Dahl, Sedona, Arizona

Lisa lets us in on Pisa Lisa’s bumpy start and its rebound Pisa Lisa Sedona, Arizona Sedona restaurateur Lisa Dahl adjusted her wood-fired pizzeria concept – which opened last year – to include table service.   In the beginning it was chaotic… In these new businesses, it’s very important for you to admit what youMore »

Commentary: Just give me my pizza!

Jeremy White

I’ve had some poor customer service over the years just like all of us, but the most recent restaurant letdown still has me scratching my head. On the way home from a youth soccer practice recently, I decided to order pizza. Typically my family likes to eat in the pizzeria, but this time I wasMore »

Dough Doctor: Roll with it

Back road pizza, santa fe, new mexico, dough, rolling

The old-fashioned way still works   Q: What are your thoughts on rolling pins? A: Some time ago I was in on a conversation between a number of individuals lamenting the cost of a dough roller for their shop. The discussion moved from single-pass to double-pass rollers, and then off on a tangent to doughMore »