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In The Kitchen

winter soup

November 1, 2021

Warm up your winter menu with easy, low-cost soups

I love soup. Always have. As a young child my winters were filled with my mother’s homemade chili and vegetable soup. Chicken noodle soup from grandma when you were sick. Taco soup in the fall. Tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.  Comfort.  That’s the word that comes to mind when I think… Read More

Onion and Sausage Petal Pizza

November 1, 2021

New Ideas for Onions in Your Pizzeria

Onion Blings Onions. Yes, you know, those giant mesh bags that sit in your walk-in like a second-string quarterback?  With a little imagination, it could be time to play this transformative vegetable to make pizzas and pastas more exciting. For centuries, these little sulfurous flavor bombs have been manipulated to transfer flavor into sauces and… Read More

avoid undercooked pizza, gum line, pizza slice

November 1, 2021

Knead to Know: Avoid an Undercooked Pizza and Unhappy Diners

The Raw Deal I have been making pizza for over 15 years now, and I can proudly say that I have most likely eaten my weight in pizza. I have eaten pizza all over the world, and for the most part it has always been delicious. On occasion I stumble upon a pizza that just… Read More

October 1, 2021

Pizza Today Team sounds off on pan pizza craze

PANdemonium: Pan Pizzas Pan pizza is hot right now. We are seeing an influx of a variety of pan pizzas being added to menus all over the country.  There’s no better evidence of its rise than at this year’s International Pizza Challenge at Pizza Expo where the Pizza Maker of the Year Nicolas Banker of… Read More


October 1, 2021

Smallwares, Big Results

These often overlooked smallware items can impact your kitchen efficiency Smallwares are an annoying detail to any properly functioning restaurant. Having enough of them, the right ones, and having them all well maintained indicates a well-run restaurant. A pizzeria that can’t find a spoodle or has to resort to the wrong-sized plastic bin shows ownership… Read More

restaurant repairs and maintenance

October 1, 2021

Mike’s Monthly Tip: Repairs & Maintenance

Keep up so you don’t break down Dealing with repairs and maintenance is a pain; nothing is exciting about it. It’s just something we all need to deal with. How you handle R&M indicates how you approach this job, either as a business career or a hobby. Suppose you wait until the last second, living… Read More

vegan pepperoni slice, plant based pizza

October 1, 2021

Man on the Street: The Future is Plant Based

Back in May, one of the most lavish restaurants in the world announced its decision to switch to a plant-based menu. Eleven Madison Park has four stars from the New York Times and three stars from the Michelin guide, which they’ve earned by serving decadent meat, seafood and poultry dishes since opening in 1998. That’s… Read More

appetizer dips, bacon, poblano, spinach and artichoke dip

October 1, 2021

Appetizer Dips: I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

Increase check averages with trending appetizer dips Appetizer dips may be one of the easiest items that you can add to your appetizer menu that will result in the broadest appeal. Hungry and hangry diners will gravitate towards the instant gratification of an appetizer dip.  Start with the Basics Don’t underestimate the power of a… Read More

Modern Pizza Trends Blend Old-World Style with New-Age Tips and Tricks

As it was first created in Italy, every pizza dough formula consists of flour, salt, yeast and water. Yet modern operators are finding ways to incorporate new flavors and styles into a very old technique. Thin-crust pizza still remains an American favorite, but the country’s many regions have brought to life their own styles. These are more than just pizza trends. Americans are fiercely loyal to their particular favorite pizza styles, from Deep Dish, Grandma and Old Forge to California, Detroit and New Haven. Everyone’s got a favorite –– and Pizza Today examines them all!



Today’s Restaurant Kitchens Feature More Than Traditional Toppings

Finding a point of differentiation is key when it comes to creating a menu. The pizza industry’s top ingredients include pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green pepper and onion, and every pizzeria offers some version of these toppings. Today, however, the pizza makeline is ever changing and diners are just as likely to find roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, truffle oil and shrimp alongside their classic favorites. And the flavor doesn’t stop on top. Modern pizzaioli have found ways to implement flavor in their pizza dough formula as well. Ingredients like beer, spelt, whole wheat and molasses can give an operator a leg up on their competition and create a one-of-a-kind flavor profile that diners won’t find anywhere else.

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