Slice Cover June 2014

Any Way You Slice It!

Pizza-by-the-slice operators share secrets to their success. See who are the year’s corporate pizza chains to watch. Pizza Today goes on the road to Tampa, Florida.


wine bottle

June 23, 2014 |

BYOB: Bring it in

BYOB creates an array of unique considerations When Joe Burke Jr. opened TreVi Pizza three years ago in Glenside, Pennsylvania, he was excited by liquor sales’ robust profit margins and the food-and-beverage pairings he could promote with a curated selection of wine, cocktails and beer. Unfortunately, Burke could not digest the expense of a $200,000-plus…Read More

inside, walkin, cooler, refrigerator, refrigeration

June 16, 2014 |

Keep cool

Cleaning and maintenance key to refrigeration care When Rocco DiGrazia planned the layout of his back-of-house operation at Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza in Tucson, Arizona, there was just no room for a walk-in cooler. Solution: DiGrazia opted to house the walk-in unit behind the restaurant, exposed to the elements of Tucson’s desert climate. “We are…Read More

Tom Lehmann

June 16, 2014 |

Dough Doctor: Hearth-baked taste

Can you get a deck-oven taste from your conveyor? Q: We are new to air-impingement ovens, and I now want to begin developing a hearth-baked type of pizza. We have done some testing but all that we have been able to make is a crust that is crispy — it still doesn’t have the desired…Read More

Marco's Pizza, Chains to Watch, pizza chain,

June 16, 2014 |

2014 Chains to watch

These corporate pizza chains are on the grow and making waves. Marco’s Pizza Toledo, OH With its focus on a higher-end look than normally found in delco units and a dedication to serving pizza that isn’t your typical mega-chain quality, Marco’s Pizza has quickly climbed the ranks of our annual Top 100 Companies list. In…Read More

Tony Gemignani headshot

June 9, 2014 |

Respecting the Craft: Lean and Mean

I had to make an executive decision. I realized at the 11th hour that my kitchen at Tony’s of North Beach in the Graton Casino would not be able to handle the original menu I planned for it prior to opening. Simply put, we would not be able to execute it perfectly due to a…Read More

The Cassolet, Sausage, Pizza, bacon, cannellini beans, white beans

June 9, 2014 |

Ingredients: Linked in

If sausage is a top seller, why not maximize it?   In 2004, I competed in the Pizza Festiva Competition at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Needless to say, I didn’t win because Doug Ferriman of Crazy Dough’s in Boston steamrolled over all competitors that year with a killer pesto pizza. I was…Read More

Uncle's Pizzeria, Fort Collins, CO, exterior, building, signage

June 1, 2014 |

Places that Rock: Johnny Jo’s / Napolese / Onlywood / Uncle’s

Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria 1209 W. 47th St. Kansas City, Missouri 64112 (816) 401-4483 The stone oven pizzeria is a hidden Westwood neighborhood gem. John Milone Jr. started Johnny Jo’s out of his apartment almost a decade ago. A brick-and-mortar pizzeria become a reality a few years ago. Primarily a carryout restaurant, its signature pepperoni…Read More

June 1, 2014 |

Precinct Pizza — One of Tampa’s Finest

[SlideDeck2 id=32876] Precinct Pizza finds perfect pairing of demographics, location There’s a stretch of development on Tampa’s coastline that can only be described as “killer.” Tucked neatly between the cruise ship port and a major sports stadium sits Precinct Pizza. The eight-year-old pizzeria has found the “sweet spot” of the city, and the results are…Read More

June 1, 2014 |

Wood Fired Pizza & Nightlife, Tampa, FL — High Heat

[SlideDeck2 id=32844] Tampa’s Wood Fired Pizza & Nightlife pairs old world with new traditions By outward appearances, Wood Fired Pizza & Nightlife is unassuming from the street. The small pizzeria is perched between a coffee shop and a nail salon in a strip mall near the University of Central Florida, and the restaurant has become…Read More

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June 1, 2014 |

Interact — June 2014

  #TBT Be sure to check out our Throwback Thursday feature on all of the Pizza Today’s social feeds as we visit past issues and the topics that drove them.   Social: Pizzeria tweets and status feeds Transfer Pizzeria @TransferMKE Did you know we have the only gluten-free tap pour in the state?! Our @lakefront…Read More

party room barry's pizza, houston, tx

June 1, 2014 |

Seating: Going big

Manage large parties with creativity Granted, large crowds are a good business problem. Who doesn’t love being known for their pizza? That said, you and your staff may still get that deer-in-the-headlights expression when large dining parties hit your hostess stand at the same time. But there are ways to manage large crowds and also…Read More

Papalino's Pizza, slices

June 1, 2014 |

Any way you slice it

Pizza-by-the-slice operations share secrets behind their success   Sin City is a 24-hour town, so staying open until 2 a.m. is important to Pop Up Pizza located inside the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It also enables the pizzeria to serve customers who only want a slice or two as opposed to an entire…Read More

Franken Sausage, Pizza, recipe, pepperoni, bacon

May 22, 2014 |

Trending Recipe: How To Franken Sausage

If you want to take it to the next level (and you’re gonna want to with this recipe) check out the best dang sausage you’ll ever taste combining fresh unseasoned bulk sausage with pre-cooked bacon crumbles, pepperoni and spices! Check out some out-of-the-box sausage pizza ideas. Franken Sausage 3 cups (or 29 ounces) of fresh…Read More

cell phone policy smart phone

May 22, 2014 |

Working while distracted

Operators enforce employee cell phone policies   Cell phones have created some challenges for operators who want staff members to stay focused. In fact, employees were sneaking calls, not to mention texting, posting on Facebook and playing Candy Crush in the restrooms, says Megan Dennison, director of operations for Cane Rosso in Dallas. “They think…Read More