The Rise of Specialty Pizza

Of all the cooking tricks we love, there is nothing like the sight of a Pizzaiolo tossing a ring of unmade pizza dough high in the air with all the agility of a circus juggler. The pizza maker then adds some tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni or sausage and place it in the oven.  Today, that Pizzaiolo is as much a gourmet chef as he is a simple pie maker, catering to more educated and adventurous customers.

The world of pizza has changed. Already among the top foods we eat regularly, pizza has expanded its audience by becoming gourmet and healthy. The emphasis is on top quality ingredients and innovation – urged on by a move into more upscale serving environments.

The trend is spurred on by the burgeoning number of food television shows, celebrity chefs, as well as the desire to cater to an elite group of adventurous diners, health-conscious eaters and those looking to expand their pizza experience. (more…)

Limited Time Offers Presents Full-Time Opportunity

Despite their name, Limited Time Offers (LTO’s) can offer some big time returns.

LTO’s are a valuable form of testing ideas, drive new business and retain the old. They are designed to enhance your brand, create customer intrigue and, of course, new sales. But an efficient LTO requires specific purchasing requirements, staff training, marketing and overall management. (more…)

Perfect Pizza Party to Celebrate Summer

As the end of summer approaches, the number of days left to gather friends and family for one last summertime party is rapidly shrinking. Refreshing drinks, catchy music, great company, and favorite bites to be enjoyed outdoors complete the bash.

While barbecuing is inherently regarded as the classic cuisine at functions for this time of year, pizza parties are another delightfully savory option.

Barbecuing is often a one-person job, with someone manning the grill and others occasionally aiding or coming by to chat. With pizza parties, the environment is more social and a team effort.

An assembly line of sorts is created, with party goers sharing all the prep work: Rolling out the dough, spreading out the sauce, sprinkling on the cheese, decorating the pie with an assortment of toppings, and finally, cooking the pizza. Spreading everything out on a large table and organizing each station allows for a smooth pizza making process. (more…)

The Undeniable Influence of iPhones on the Restaurant Business

A few weeks ago yours, mine and just about everybody’s favorite accessory/necessity celebrated a big birthday: the iPhone turned 10.

There’s no arguing that the iPhone has transformed our lives. Ten years after the first iPhone entered the market surrounded by unprecedented hype, Apple’s seemingly untouchable innovation just keeps steamrolling past barriers. (more…)

Grilled Pizza is Hot!

It’s a hot debate whether grilled pizza began in Memphis or Rhode Island. Some say, owners Johanne Killeen and George Germon served the first at Al Forno restaurant in Providence, RI. Others swear it was Coletta’s in Memphis.

Whether Northern roots or Southern, what is true is that the flavor and smokiness from grilling pizza on real charcoal cannot be beat. If you then add pepperoni on the pizza, you will double the smoky flavor of both the pizza and the pepperoni. Fire roasted bacon will also add tremendous flavor and a bacon-goodness smell to your restaurant. (more…)