May 31, 2013 |

Pizza Places That Rock & Pizza Industry Statistics in June 2013

By Pizza Today


Pizza Today Staff

Papa Murphy’s International has more than 1,300 take-and-bake units. now has more than 4 years worth of archived content from the pages of the world’s largest pizza magazine!

Virginia has 1,641 pizzerias.

If you use active dry yeast in your dough recipe, it should always be hydrated in water that’s between 105-110 F.


AJ Barile’s Chicago Pizza
32693 Yucaipa Boulevard
Yucaipa, California 92399
(909) 790-0707

This Chicago thin-crust pizzeria’s tagline is “Addictive! You’ve been warned.” The shop has some innovative pies. Barile pizzaiolo Joleen Piser took home the 2013 Southwest Division Regional title at the International Pizza Challenge during International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Pizzas that have received accolades include the Mona Lisa with cherry tomatoes, garlic and sausage meatballs on an herb-infused crust filled with fresh garlic, mozzarella and bacon ($18.99 for a medium) and the Chicago Stockyards with Italian sausage, polish sausage, Caponi hot sausage, bell peppers and pepperoni ($19.99 for a medium). Barile’s has also brought its Chicago-style hot dogs and sausages to Southern California.

Brown Dog Pizza
110 East Colorado Street
Telluride, Colorado 81435
(970) 728-8046

Owner Jeff Smokevitch has been racking up awards for Brown Dog’s Detroit-style pan pizza. He recently placed first in the American Pan Division at the International Pizza Challenge during International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas with the 3-1-3 (creamy New York ricotta, pressed garlic, imported genoa salami, Calabria red chili peppers, sweet piquante peppers, fresh basil, arugula, shaved parmesan reggiano and extra virgin olive oil — $16.99 for a small square). Another winner is the Prospector with fresh garlic, white button mushrooms, Italian sausage and roasted green chilis ($13.99 for a small square). Brown Dog also offers rustic medium and thin crust options, like the no sauce Smoke Dog with EVOO, basil, mozzarella, pepperoni and banana peppers ($19.99 for a 14-inch). Bonus: Brown Dog’s kid’s menu is great for kids who like a lot options with a dozen choices from pizza and pasta to PB&J and quesadilla.

The Proper Slice
222 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02216
(617) 262-0090

Shout out to The Proper Slice for serving up free pizza to police, military and first responders following the tragic Boston Marathon bombing just blocks away in April. At this two-unit, appropriately named pizzeria, a slice is one-fourth of a pizza. If patrons have trouble choosing one of the 18 pies on its menu, they can opt for the Proper 4-Way Sampler, four separate types of specialty pizzas making up a whole pie. Featured pizzas include the Sopressata & Hot Cherry Peppers with tomato sauce and mozzarella ($18) and Green Monster with pesto base, provolone, mozzarella, Romano, Che-Chi’s famous Fenway Park sweet Italian sausage and broccoli rabe ($20). The Proper Slice offers more than 30 meat, cheese and veggie toppings and meats are also roasted in-house.