January 31, 2013 |

2013 February: Did You Know? / Places That Rock

By Pizza Today

Kids Influence

According to a 2012 Technomic report, nearly 40 percent of adults living with children said the kids influence where they decide to purchase pizza.





PIZZA EXPONext month’s International Pizza Expo show floor will be larger than 5 ½ football fields and will feature approximately 1,000 exhibitor booths.

Indiana has 2,019 pizzeriasBig DeliveryBig Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria in California recently delivered a 196-slice pizza to a birth- day party in Disneyland. The restaurant calls it “The Largest Deliverable Pizza in the World,” though others lay claim to that distinction as well.
Places That Rock // Krescendo Brooklyn / RiZe / Lucky Pie
Krescendo Brooklyn
364 Atlantic Avenue
New York City, New York 11217
www.krescendobrooklyn.comBrooklyn pizza scene new kid on the block Krescendo is backed by Elizabeth Falkner of “The Next Iron Chef: Redemption” and Nancy Puglisi, co-owner of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco. In addition to its Neapolitan pizza offerings, Krescendo has brought creative and artistic pizzas to its menu. The Finocchio Flower Power features panna, braised fennel, fennel sausage, fennel fronds, shaved provolone, calabrese chili powder, fiori di finocchio and olive oil; while the Californication features mozzarella, goat cheese, walnut arugula pesto, pardon peppers, prosciutto, arugula and a hint of honey. The restaurant also specializes in sweets –– one of Faulkner’s culinary specialties. The dessert menu highlights dishes like the Cassata with ricotta crema, pistachio sponge, tangerine sorbetto, candied citrus, Campari cherries, chocolate and marzipan and the Tartufo with gianduja semifreddo, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, cocoa nib, sbrosolona, and candied hazelnuts.

19900 Detroit Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

www.rizepizza.comThis new pizzeria in northwest Ohio knows how to draw lunch business with its small one-topping pizza and a can of soda special for $5. RiZe features nearly a dozen specialty pizzas like the Asiago Eggplant with red sauce, breaded eggplant, mozzarella and Asiago and the Mexican with salsa verde, chipotle chicken, black beans, tomato, mozzarella, cilantro and chipotle ranch drizzle, as well as a rotating monthly special pizza. A recent Pizza of the Month was the Steakhouse with A1 Steak Sauce, mozzarella, ribeye steak, portabella mushrooms, caramelized onions and bleu cheese crumbles. A 12-inch pie runs $13.99. RiZe has also established itself as the “go to” spot for wings with 14 sauces categorized as sweets, milds and hots (18 wings cost $12.99).
Lucky Pie
637 Front Street
Louisville, Colorado 80027

www.luckypiepizza.comLucky Pie is using its house-made mozzarella to its fullest potential by offering a mozzarella and meats bar with four cheeses and four meats to choice from, with the addition of toppings, like the peperonata tapenade, fig gastrique or currant relish. The pizzeria offers an eclectic mix of pizzas from its Roasted Red Pepper with mozzarella, feta, olives, oregano, olive oil and chili flakes ($12) to the Bruges with shaved brussels sprouts, apples, fontina, mozzarella, and toasted pistachios ($13). It has also changed up the traditional breadsticks with black pepper grissini wrapped with prosciutto and fig gastrique ($8).