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February 1, 2018

Commentary: Gearing Up

Because I’m a lifelong learner at heart, I’m always jazzed to drop into the educational seminars and pick up new knowledge from those who are in the trenches every day. And because I’m a fierce competitor, watching pizza makers go head-to-head in cooking or dough tossing never fails. But there’s something new this year that… Read More

February 1, 2018

At Your Service: Eye of the Tiger

Get yourself ready for your pre-shift meetings One of the things that our industry demands is passion. The effect is it drives people to doing things well –– not just ok –– and really beyond “just enough.” One of the symptoms of passion is attention to detail. When I dine out, one of those details… Read More

February 1, 2018

Man on the Street: What’s in a Name?

For those getting ready to open a pizzeria, think hard about your name Before I devoted my life to pizza, I was a music guy. I played in rock bands through high school and college, hopping from drums to guitar to whatever instrument I could fake my way through. You’ve never heard of any of… Read More

Scott Sandler, Pizza Head, St. Louis, Missouri, vegetarian, pizzeria, slice shop

February 1, 2018

Conversation: Scott Sandler, Pizza Head — St. Louis, MO

Pizza Head is a no-frills NY slice place with a DIY (Do It Yourself) ethos. Doing something DIY is out of necessity, not choice. I took what was there in the space, spent very little money, put in my ovens and other equipment, threw some tables and chairs in and some paint on the walls,… Read More

#pepcups, instagram, social media

January 1, 2018

Man on the Street: Keeping the Social in Social Media

Operators are starting to realize the benefits of using their platforms to communicate Do you remember when social media first landed? Lots of us thought it a fad at worst and a chore at best. Pizzerias labored over drab posts advertising daily specials or photos of featured pies. Communications were aimed at current customers with hopes… Read More

January 1, 2018

Knead to Know: Championship Pizza Dough

A new way of doing things is emerging Last October in Atlantic City, Derek Sanchez hit the jackpot. No, Derek is not a gambler. He’s a world class pizza maker. On October 18 Derek captured the Traditional (New York-style) Division of the hotly contested Caputo Cup Championship at the Northeast Pizza and Pasta Show. The… Read More

January 1, 2018

At Your Service: Tell Me a Story

Enhance the customer experience Does your staff know how to describe your brand’s pizza story in such a way that it separates you from your competition and creates a memorable experience? Having great tasting pizza is a given in today’s market …. you serve food and it has to be good at a minimum. But… Read More

Jeremy index

January 1, 2018

Commentary: Making it Right

Recently, I was struck by the difference of opinion of two pizzeria operators with whom I spoke just days apart from one another. During the course of conversation, each individual touched upon the same topic and how they handled it in their shops. Their methods were nothing alike. Operator 1: “When there’s an issue with… Read More

Peyton Smith, owner, Mission Pizza Napoletana, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

January 1, 2018

Conversation: Peyton Smith, Mission Pizza Napoletana, NC

  Mission Pizza Napoletana is a bustling, modern pizzeria focused on: proper Neapolitan pizza; Italian-inspired small plates, veg and pastas; North Carolina craft beer and undiscovered Italian wines. (We’re) more like an osteria masquerading as a pizzeria. Our mission is to produce pizza just like you would find on the streets of Naples, and to… Read More

December 1, 2017

Commentary: New Show, New Year, New You — Let’s Rock

Pizza & Pasta Northeast in Atlantic City was a resounding success. The show took place at the city’s Convention Center October 17-18. The exhibit hall was completely sold out and had a waiting list, which is a pretty impressive feat for a first-year show. But what was even more impressive to me was the “floor… Read More