September 2017


Pizza Today, magazine cover, September 2017

In the Zone

The September issue is packed with menu ideas, from calzone stuffing ideas and baked ziti to chicken florentine and shrimp scampi recipes. Find tips on celebrating anniversaries, marketing with coupons, exposing ceilings. We also go in-depth into Pizza & Pasta Northeast. Pizza Today traveled to San Antonio, Texas to visit two 30-year-old concepts.

September 1, 2017 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Rome’s Pizza, San Antonio, TX

Changing Tide San Antonio-based Rome’s Pizza adapts to the ebb and flow of the pizza business Few pizzeria owners have reached the pinnacle of success that Gus Nassar has with his San Antonio-based Rome’s Pizza. The gourmet pizza company pioneered the pizza style in the San Antonio area 30 years ago. Today, four Rome’s locations…Read More

shrimp scampi

September 1, 2017 |

Crustacean Nation

Shrimp scampi a perennial Italian favorite hrimp scampi is one of those staple entrées that have adorned menus around the world for decades. Its origin starts with a langoustine, which is a tiny lobster-like crustacean generally sautéed in olive oil with garlic and finished with white wine. Another translation for the word scampi is simply…Read More

pizza coupons

September 1, 2017 |

Cut It Out

Coupons are still a viable marketing tool, if used wisely Don’t tell Peter Wiley the paper coupon is irrelevant. Wiley, one of the co-founders of Kettering, Ohio-based Rapid Fired Pizza, says the chain sends out coupons in postcards, local discount magazines and newspaper inserts in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio. These coupons get measurable results….Read More

beer and detroit style pizza

September 1, 2017 |

On Tap: Come Together

It’s a beautiful thing when beer and pizza come together When it comes to properly marrying pizza with craft beer, Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, Connecticut, may be one of the best examples we’ve seen. A quick glance at the musically themed dining room and display kitchen immediately tells you two things: this is a pizzeria…Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Respecting the Craft: Tools of the Trade

Which pizza peel is right for your pizzeria? First off, peels are often referred to as paddles. And based on their look, I get that. However, the reason they are called ‘peels’ is because they help you peel the pizzas off of the stones in your ovens or off your workstations and into your ovens….Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Commentary: Join Us in Atlantic City

If you haven’t already registered to attend Pizza & Pasta Northeast, there’s no time like the present. Join us for two fun-filled and educational days October 17-18 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. At the Northeast’s largest pizza and pasta trade show, attendees will be able to interact with more than 100 exhibiting suppliers of…Read More


September 1, 2017 |

Wrap It Up

Calzones serve, deliver easily While calzones have been around for decades, they continue to grow in popularity year after year. I want to share the best practices for creating some creative calzones for you to incorporate into your well-balanced menu. One of the best vessels you can use for an endless variety of culinary concoctions…Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Destinations: Red Bank, NJ

A look at pizzerias in Red Bank, New Jersey Lupo Pizzeria Andrew Datre is a second-generation pizzeria operator with local chain Gianni’s. Ready to infuse his artistic expression, he opened Lupo recently. “My vision for Lupo is to take the basic pizzeria menu and perfect it,” Datre says. The pizzeria locally sources ingredients and features…Read More

exposed ceilings, mozza pi, interior

September 1, 2017 |

In the Heights

Exposed ceilings soar in popularity amongst restaurant designers Industrial duct work, wooden beams or a mixture of both reveal a look that is both modern and somehow a nod to the past. Restaurants that sport an exposed ceiling are on trend with design and present their customers with a space that is open, striking and…Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Pizza Today on the Road: Pizza Italia, San Antonio, Texas

Social Evolution Pizza Italia ushers in a new decade in San Antonio When Terrance Basone opened Pizza Italia in San Antonio, Texas in 1987, reaching his customer base looked a lot different than it does now. There was no Facebook or Google, and he will be the first to admit it’s not his forte. It…Read More

chicken florentine

September 1, 2017 |

Chicken Florentine: Feel the Flo

Classic dish beautiful to serve, taste What does one of the most popular spinach and chicken dishes have in common with an Italian noblewoman soon to become a French queen? Chicken Florentine of course! The year of 1599 brought the marriage of Catherine di Medici of Italy and King Henry of France. The teenage bride…Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Hot Time in the Ziti

Baked ziti an easy seller with plenty of variety ollowing the history of ziti pasta is like walking through a carnival house of mirrors. Like a lot of Italian foods, ziti is used many different ways in all areas of Italy. Baked pastas are referred to as “pasta al forno” in Italy, which is said…Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Marking the Occasion

How to celebrate an anniversary An anniversary means you’ve done it. Congratulations. Amidst all of the obstacles of operating a restaurant, your pizzeria has made it another year, another decade. There’s reason to celebrate. You deserved it. Your hard-working employees and your loyal customers deserve it, too. When and how do you celebrate? Every year,…Read More

September 1, 2017 |

Conversation with Scott Lyons, Two Brothers Pizza, NY

Two Brothers Pizza Saugerties and Rhinebeck, New York   Scott lets us in on the inner workings of Two Brothers On the business concept — We strive to use local and fresh ingredients. We still focus on being your small hometown pizzeria crafting original and unique pizzas, along with old favorites. On the pizza style…Read More

August 31, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Dependability

I’m finally ready to admit I’ve been eating through rose-tinted glasses. When I evaluate a pizzeria, I tend to focus on the positive elements. Whether I’m acting in a professional capacity with a pizza tour group or with friends at an extracurricular pizza outing, I shy away from pointing out flaws. Forty-five summer camp kids…Read More

August 31, 2017 |

Knead to Know: Downward Spiral

Tom Lehmann talks oils, spiral mixers Q: What are the pros and cons of using a blended oil as opposed to an extra virgin olive oil? A: When used in making the dough or sauce, you don’t see any significant difference between a quality olive oil and a blended oil from a flavor or performance…Read More