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…)

Preserving Pizza Memories

One of our younger staff members contributed this blog – the pizza industry would not exist with the love and support of young people. Enjoy!!

There is an undeniable connection between food and family. In my very Italian family at least, food is the constant centerpiece of every gathering. From my grandmother’s incredible Chicken Parmesan recipe to our tradition of homemade ravioli’s on Christmas Eve, meals mean more than mere sustenance. The process of shopping together for the ingredients, preparing the meal, and finally enjoying dinner is a bonding experience that is passed down from generation to generation.

Pizza has especially been a focal point for my family. When possible, Friday nights are reserved as homemade pizza night. Family and friends come together to create a variety of pizzas while sharing wine and good conversation. Everybody takes turns in decorating the pies with a seemingly endless supply of ingredients. I personally am obsessed by spicy food so my pizzas are often smothered with the hottest pepperoni, sausages, and salami. I also have no restraint when it comes to crushed red peppers as my slices are overflowing with the spicy speckles. (more…)

Pizzerias Take Note: Picnic Time is Pizza Time

It’s summertime and the picnics are easy.

As the weather warms and people turn their thoughts to the outdoors, picnickers are starting to clean up their barbecues in preparation for feasts of hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken.  Yes, these are the standard fare, but surely not the only food on the menu.

As a pizzeria, there is no reason to be on the sidelines. You can take advantage of this great summertime tradition by offers special menus, Limited Time Offers (LTO), promotions and special delivery options. (more…)

Become a Leader in the Pizza Revolution

When we drive around the country – and believe me, we get around – we see a pizza revolution. There’s a changing of the guard that has brought more pizza and pizza-like offerings to more people than ever before.

The rising dough (and we’re talking not only money, but regular and gluten-free crusts) is led by the Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) with their customizable pizza places. But new pizza spots are springing up in neighborhood strip malls, gas stations and convenience stores that populate every corner of the country. (more…)

Baseball & Pizza: Playing “Pepper-oni”

One of the fun things about going to baseball games is eating the food.  There’s nothing like a ballpark hot dog, greasy fries or nachos, and the old favorites: peanuts and Cracker Jacks®.

Unfortunately, the pizza at the park is generally a strike out; with a slice in a box that seems to contain a reheated pizza, not even made on the premises. The vendors often are handing out pies that are jostled, cold and oily, not the most appetizing way to serve our favorite menu item.  (more…)