February 2017


February 2017 Pizza Today Cover

Find new ways to use sweet Italian sausage. We go in depth into creating a dynamic beer list. Leading up to Pizza Expo, pizzeria operators sound off with tips to help you grow your pizzeria. Pizza Today goes on the road to Hot Italian in northern California.

February 3, 2017 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Hot Italian, Sacramento, CA

Modern Italy Meets California Hot Italian’s concept, menu sharp amongst heavy competition We visited California’s Hot Italian on a steamy fall day. It was past lunch, but the restaurant was full of folks downing Italian beer and eyeing one another’s pizzas. With high ceilings, a loud beat and décor that leaned toward Italian cycling, we…Read More

February 3, 2017 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Sal’s, Ithaca, NY

Easy in Ithaca New York pizzeria has been a college-town  mainstay for more than two decades Ithaca, New York, may be a small college town, but it’s one that is decidedly comprised of foodies who are loyal to local restaurants. Residents and college students love their signature restaurants, and local restaurateurs love them right back….Read More

February 1, 2017 |

Destinations: Hartford, Connecticut

A look at pizzerias in Hartford Connecticut Naples Pizza Opened in 1995, Naples Pizza is a family-owned and -operated restaurant serving Neapolitan-style pizza, calzones, panini, grinders, pastas and salads. Artisan pies include the Oozy Egg with house-made fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, truffle oil and two eggs. The Spicy Soppressata is topped with fresh mozzarella, hot cherry…Read More

Butternut Squash and Guanciale Pizza

February 1, 2017 |

Turn the Other Cheek

Guanciale offers a time bomb of flavor I have many farmer friends who raise pigs in rural Ohio. Over the years, they’ve turned me on to some great “off cuts” that most people don’t see like liver, trotters and neck. One of the most delicious cuts I get from these hogs is the cheek. This…Read More

slice house san francisco

February 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Hated on Haight?

Opening a new restaurant in an iconic area can be tricky Here I was in a new remodel for a Slice House right on Haight Asbury in San Francisco. If you don’t know Haight Ashbury, it’s an iconic corner that became historic in the 60s (and it’s still very popular today). It’s where the hippie…Read More

Spicy Sausage Pizza

February 1, 2017 |

Pork Project

Savory, sweet Italian sausage is a menu master for the ages There’s no two ways about it: Italian sausage is an undisputed menu rock star. Prized for its flavor and versatility, the uses for it in a pizzeria setting are abundant. When it comes right down to it, sausage is perhaps at its best on…Read More

Eggplant Parmesan

February 1, 2017 |

Eggplant: Purple Passion

Eggplant Parmesan is hit with both diners and the bottom line, so use the classic dish for inspiration A few friends of mine recently gave me the same answers when I asked them which of their menu dishes were the most profitable. Among the favorites? Eggplant Parmesan. If you’re going beyond pizza with your lineup…Read More

February 1, 2017 |

Knead to Know with John Arena: Understanding Ingredients

The key to better dough is to understand what you’re working with Truly memorable dough that produces a crust with just the right amount of crunch and an open, complex crumb structure is the Holy Grail for most pizza makers. I rarely meet a pizzaiolo who doesn’t think they make the best dough in the…Read More

craft beers

February 1, 2017 |

Beer Menus: Making the List

A Guide to building a better beer list As of the end of November 2016, America has more than 5,000 breweries, 99 percent of which are small and independent craft breweries, according the National Brewers Association. Once you get into styles, there are more than 150 styles to quench beer fans’ thirsts. With so many…Read More

February 1, 2017 |

Conversation with D. Michael Evola, Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria

Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria  Seattle, Washington A guitarist who has previously performed with rock bands like Foghat, D. Michael Evola perfected his pizza dough recipe in his garage and opened his first Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria in 2006. The New York-style pizza company added a second location in 2013. In the coming year, two more Brooklyn Bros….Read More

server waitstaff

February 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Dis-Service

I would be lying if I said it was all about the pizza. As much as I’d like to say every ounce of effort should go into your food — that dough formulation and oven skill were all that mattered — the truth is that even the greatest pizza cannot sustain a business by itself….Read More

full bar

February 1, 2017 |

On Tap: Training & Education are Paramount

Your wait staff and bartenders are going to determine if you successfully sell craft beer. Their craft beer knowledge is vital to your bottom-line beer sales and profitability, so make sure that they know beer. In order to maximize your sales, your staff needs to understand the differences between the different styles of beer and…Read More

loyalty program promotion

February 1, 2017 |

Lasting Loyalty

If you’ve got a rewards program, here’s how to make it really work Pitfire Pizza tried printing punch cards for their nine locations — buy 10, get a pie free. They saw their same customers, gave away a few pizzas, but not much else.  Pitfire’s Chief Operating Officer Mitchell Wong says they haven’t had success…Read More

February 1, 2017 |

Hurry Up and Wait

Are You Winning the Waiting Game? ‘‘Excuse me. Pardon me. Excuse me. Pardon me.” People hate hearing and saying that at the movies, airport, mall, theatre, concert venue…well, the list is endless. But, do you know where they hate saying and hearing those words the most? Restaurants. No customer wants to hit a wall of…Read More

kid friendly restaurant

February 1, 2017 |

33 Affordable Ways to Make Your Pizzeria Kid Friendly

Make your pizzeria a return destination for families Parents of young children often go out to eat with fingers crossed. So when they find a place that offers delicious, affordable food and keeps their little ones happy, there’s a good chance they’ll be back. Because while dining someplace new may be fun for single people…Read More

Jeremy index

February 1, 2017 |

Commentary: Elevate!

Over the years, we here at Pizza Today and International Pizza Expo have made it our mission to elevate the industry. Pizza isn’t fast food and shouldn’t be treated as such. As you read through this issue, you’ll notice Clayton Krueger’s article on page 64. In the article, which is a teaser for what he’ll…Read More