January 2011


July 14, 2014 |

Employee Stock Ownership Plan: Keeping Your Dream Alive

In the midst of the bustle of running your restaurant, perhaps you sometimes pause to remember when you first opened your doors. Do you think about that future day when you’ll make your exit? Barbara Gabel and Zach Zachowski, who are self-described “think-ahead types,” began to consider their exit strategy when they reached their early…Read More

May 27, 2014 |

Calzones: In the Fold

For those of you who have heard some of my advice regarding menu development over the years, you understand how important it is to maximize the usage of your ingredients. By following this philosophy, you will enjoy a lower food cost by not wasting product that didn’t get used before it expired –– all while…Read More

July 11, 2012 |

2011 January: Sweet Tooth

“Desserts are a missed opportunity,” says Jeffrey Freehof, owner of The Garlic Clove in Evans, Georgia, and a resident expert at Pizza Today. In our September 2010 issue, he called out desserts as one of the five things every pizzeria should be making in-house. His advice is worth repeating: “Sure, there are a lot of…Read More

January 1, 2011 |

2011 January: Let it Snow

When the weather outside is frightful, the pizza delivery business can be anything but delightful. Forecasts of rain, sleet, snow, hail and sub-zero temperatures can mean trouble for delivery drivers, but these weather events (when handled appropriately) can also beef up your restaurant’s bottom line. The first step in properly managing bad-weather delivery is having…Read More

January 1, 2011 |

2011 January: License to Drive

When TJ Banning opened his first Rosati’s Pizza in suburban Chicago in 2000, he carried low standards for his delivery driver hires. “If you had a pulse and a car, you were hired,” says Banning, who’s swapped his early waywardness for more stringent driver standards at both of his Rosati’s locations. Banning entrusts his drivers…Read More

January 1, 2011 |

2011 January: Lasagna – Must Have?

Lasagna, much like pizza, is one of the most recognized and accepted names in the Italian culinary lexicon. Adults and children of all ages do not have to be convinced to order lasagna, but that easy sell can turn into a bad scene unless you get it right. So I am here to help you…Read More

January 1, 2011 |

Catering Delivery

It takes hustle and finesse to get a picture-perfect, palate-satisfying meal from your kitchen to the diner’s plate in the next room. It’s trickier still when you’re filling dozens or even hundreds of plates at an event located miles away. Such is the challenge of catering. One common misstep is allowing insufficient time for catering…Read More

January 1, 2011 |

2011 January: Dough Doctor

Q: We want to make some type of apple dessert pizza. What can you suggest that is easy to make? One of my all time favorites is a dessert pizza, and making them is almost as much fun as eating them. They are really very easy and they don’t require any special handling or preparation….Read More

January 1, 2011 |

2011 January: Slip and Fall

You have to admire those hardy restaurant owners who do business in severe-weather climates — they’re kind of like the post office, nothing gets in the way of providing pizza to their hungry customers. To their brethren operating in more temperate climates, this unperturbed “it’s just business as usual” attitude in the face of below…Read More

January 1, 2011 |

2011 January: Chicken Wings – Too Hot to Handle!

No doubt that chicken wings are a perfect add-on sale. Chicken wings should fly out the door regularly with every pizza delivery order. Chicken wings are great finger food and fun food for children and adults. And the increasing flavor options –– hot, mild, atomic, smoked barbecue, teriyaki –– all add up to an increased…Read More