February 2014


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Smoky Bourbon Barbecue

Tap into liquor-infused sauces that are trending. Get beefy menu ideas. Learn the first steps to franchising. Pizza Today hits the road to visit Northern Arizona pizzerias.


April 27, 2015 |

Sound Check: Live Entertainment

Sleeping at the base of the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains on the Historic Oregon Trail is Baker City, a picturesque town of 10,000 people. But on Friday nights in summer, this hamlet wakes up to music on the outdoor patio at Paizano’s Pizza. Two-and-a-half years ago, owner Kina Allen invested $30,000 of her business profits into…Read More

January 5, 2015 |

Trending Recipe: Smoky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Bourbon is white hot right now and can be found as flavoring in everything from bacon to candy. Pizza Today is located right in the heart of bourbon country, so we gave this smoky bourbon barbecue sauce a go — and it was finger lickin’ good! Smoky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce 1 white onion, minced 10…Read More

February 24, 2014 |

Think you know Pizza Expo?

Think again –– show pulling out all the stops for its 30th anniversary In case you’ve been living under a rock –– or stuck in a kitchen –– there’s a little event happening next month called International Pizza Expo. It’s actually not so little. 2014 is set to be the biggest show ever, with more…Read More

February 10, 2014 |

Man on the Street: Online ordering — the wave of right now

Pizza delivery saves lives. It solves late-night hunger pangs, relieves depression, fuels the student during midterms and caters kids’ birthday parties. For you, it represents a big chunk of your business, but for me it’s disaster relief. Ever since the 1960s, pizza salvation has been just a phone call away. But times are changing and…Read More

February 10, 2014 |

Fratelli Pizza becomes a Flagstaff, Arizona, staple

[SlideDeck2 id=29639] Brothers Brent and Pete Schepper set out to open a college late-night carryout and delivery pizza place. More than 11 years later, Fratelli Pizza has become a community-driven pizzeria that generates nearly $2.2 million in sales. Key to that success: “We’re not afraid to change,” Brent says. “We thought we’d be the college…Read More

February 10, 2014 |

Manicotti: Oh, man!

Manicotti allows operators to use a variety of toppings and fillings for a hearty pasta entrée Manicotti is a tubular shaped pasta that is typically filled with a ricotta cheese mixture. As culinarians, we are always coming up with creative ways to heighten the dining experience by incorporating other compatible ingredients and perhaps even a…Read More

February 10, 2014 |

Dinnerware: Permanent Solution

Serving up the right dinnerware impacts restaurant image In the restaurant world, there are no easy decisions, because every choice from the menu to the lighting impacts the restaurant’s image, the guest experience and the ultimate success or failure of the establishment. So, it makes sense that choosing between disposable and permanent dinnerware is a…Read More

February 1, 2014 |

First five steps to franchising

As the story goes, John Schnatter parlayed the sale of his beloved 1971 Chevy Camaro into a pizzeria empire and one of the world’s most well known franchised businesses. While lots of dreamy-eyed operators envision becoming the next Schnatter, the path to franchising bliss isn’t as satisfying for every restaurant entrepreneur. For every Papa John,…Read More

February 1, 2014 |

Places that Rock — Garage Brewing / Emporio / Broomelli Boys / Blue Highway

Garage Brewing Co. and Pizzeria 29095 Old Town Front Street Temecula, California 92590 (951) 587-2537 www.garagebrewpizza.com This newly opened restaurant combines craft beer and build-to-order pizza. Garage has a tasting bar and eight of the nearly 30 craft beers offered on tap are made in-house. The pizza menu features a Fully Kustome-Built Pizza for $7.99…Read More

February 1, 2014 |

We Cook Pizza and Pasta thrives at the Grand Canyon

[SlideDeck2 id=29593] Business as usual is anything but for a pizzeria fueled by one of the largest attractions in America. We Cook Pizza and Pasta is situated a mere two miles from the entrance to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the tiny Arizona town of Tusayan — population nearly 600. “There are…Read More

February 1, 2014 |


Introducing the all new PizzaToday.com The Look! A new easy-to-navigate layout that makes finding information faster than ever. Galleries! We have loaded up the new site with image galleries from our award-winning photo team. Tasty! An enhanced recipe section with hundreds of proven and delicious recipes from all over the world. Fresh Takes! The Pizza…Read More

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February 1, 2014 |

Respecting the Craft: Delayed Start

How social media prevented us from opening for two weeks Like most new restaurants, the opening of our Pizza Rock II in Las Vegas had to be delayed beyond our initially planned opening date. As we scrambled to get our final inspections passed, we realized something scary: we needed to open ASAP. Every day that…Read More

February 1, 2014 |

Dough Doctor: Water Works

Does the water you use really impact your dough that much?   Q: How does water quality impact my dough? A: Various aspects of the water can impact the dough in different ways. For example, iron in the water can react with many oxidative dough strengtheners such as ascorbic acid or azodicarbonamide (ADA) and, to…Read More

February 1, 2014 |

Return of the Mac

Mac ‘n’ cheese isn’t just for kids anymore We all know that everything is better when it’s baked with cheese on it, so I wanted to focus on some amazing baked pasta dishes for you to consider offering in your fine establishment. The great thing about offering some fantastic baked pasta dishes is that you…Read More

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February 1, 2014 |

Leave it to Beefer!

Why let chicken and pork get all the glory? Beef it up! June Cleaver: “Eddie, would you care to stay for dinner? We’re having roast beef.” Eddie Haskell: “No thank you, Mrs. Cleaver. I really must be getting home. We’re having squab this evening.” Like Eddie Haskell, a lot of pizzerias may have taken America’s…Read More