January 1, 2013 |

2013 January: Did You Know

By Pizza Today

According to a 2012 Global Security Report by Trustwave, the food and beverage industry accounted for 44 percent of data breach investigations in 2011. It was the highest percentage of all industries.






Pizza Expo
International Pizza Expo is just two months away, March 19-21



Rhode Island
has 412 pizzerias

The Big Four
America’s four largest pizza companies combine for $22.1 billion in worldwide sales

Mark Twain’s Pizza / Mudshark Pizza & Pasta / Rhombus Guys
Mark Twain’s Pizza
2035 Metairie Rd.
Metairie, Louisiana 70005
Mark Twain’s not only offers a gluten-free pizza, but customers also build it themselves at the table — a big hit for cautious diners to see the pizza made right in front of them. Any pie on the menu can be made with the gluten-free crust. Additionally, Mark Twain’s offers a handful of specialty pizzas, including The Mysterious Stranger with spinach, feta, Canadian bacon or charisee sausage and choice of vegetable
(12-inch for $15.99). The Innocents Abroad features genoa salami, Italian sausage, tomatoes, artichokes and fresh basil (12-inch for $15.99). True to its Cajun roots,
the pizzeria also offers a Creole Pizza with shrimp, Andouille sausage, crab meat and zucchini (12-inch for $16.99), as well as a variety of Po’ Boys and it’s New Orleans’ Muffaletta.

Mudshark Pizza & Pasta
1625 Mesquite Ave.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403
Mudshark is comprised of a pizzeria, brew pub restaurant and an off-site brewery. While the brew pub restaurant is a big draw in this small, tourism-strong, desert city, the pizzeria is known as the place the locals go. From food bank donations to raising money for area scholarships, Mudshark backs its community. The pizzeria features more than a dozen specialty pizzas (14-inch for $15.99) like the Polynesian Style with sweet ’n sour sauce, three cheese blend, ham, bell peppers, red onion, pineapple and cashews and the Mediterranean with pesto cream sauce, three cheese blend, artichoke hearts, green olives, spinach and feta. Mudshark also highlights its craft beer, offering UpRiver Lager, Dry Heat Hefeweizen, Scorpion Amber Ale, and 2012 Scotch Ale for
$3.25 for a 16-ounce draft.

Rhombus Guys
312 Kittson Ave.
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201
What began as a summer smoothie stand has grown to a three-unit pizza company. Rhombus Guys drives mid-day sales with its Happy Hour specials — half-priced Cheesy Bread, Quesadillas and Rhombus Sticks and drink specials from 3-6 p.m. There are dozens of Rhombus original thin-crust pies, including the Pulled Pork with Jerk sauce, red peppers, tomato, onion, pepperoncinis and cheddar (medium at
$21.99); the Tuscany with mustard Tuscan sauce, garlic, chicken, onion, red pepper, tomato, mozzarella, ricotta and oregano (medium at $19.99); and the Amalfi Coast with olive oil, arugula, tomato, goat cheese, basil, prosciutto, Kalamata olives and mozzarella (medium at $21.99).