Chef Santo Bruno

Chef Bruno's Pizza on a Stick

It is always said that the first person to do something is the one who is remembered for it. As restaurant owners, creating new products or ways of presenting them always grabs attention. A great example is the restaurant owner in New York City who created a $50 hamburger. "This … More

Food & Ingredients

In Lehmann's terms

Question: We are presently purchasing an ingredient bag that we add to our flour to make our dough from. We would like to make this ourselves to save some money. What's the best way to do it? Answer: Making an ingredient bag, or "goodie-bag" (as it is better known as) … More

Food & Ingredients

PMQ's pizzeria internationale

I started cooking at the age of nine.  Barely able to see over the counter top, I stood happily alongside my mother as she prepared meals for my father and seven brothers. She took great pride in the traditions of her Italian heritage, but also stressed that the most authentic … More

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Chef Bruno

In recent articles, I have discussed dough boxes, making your own cheese and even touched on how the Italians are attempting to define what can be called pizza. We’ve read in PMQ about pizzas with meats, pizzas with vegetables, dessert pizza and heard about every conceivable combination you can imagine. … More

Food & Ingredients

In Lehmann's terms

Question: We're planning to change the size of our large pizza from 16-inches to 18-inches. How much dough should we use for this size? Answer:  This is a very commonly asked question, which is easily answered through the use of a little basic high school math. The math involved here … More

Business & Marketing

The magic of mushrooms

Egyptians once believed them to be the plant of immortality. Ancient civilizations believed them to possess supernatural powers. Chefs today consider them to be the “fifth taste,” offering a whole different taste sensation. Mushrooms, once only fit for royalty, are now one of the most popular vegetables on the market … More

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What is pizza?

I just returned from Italy, and being in the pizza business I was wandering from one pizza shop to another, always looking for a good pie. After experiencing several different establishments, I came to the conclusion that I prefer American-style pizza. It is my opinion that the U.S. has a … More

Food & Ingredients

The craft of crust

Question: Why do I hear so much negativity regarding the use of par-baked pizza crusts? Answer: I think much of that negativity comes from the fact that par-baked crusts have been around and in general use for many years. This is the type of crust that puts frozen pizzas in … More

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What’s with the wood…dough boxes

PMQ has received many emails and calls about the wood dough boxes seen in most of the articles about New York pizzerias. As a result, Tom Boyles asked me to share my knowledge on this subject. Wood boxes were around long before plastic and metal…they were the first type of … More

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Do it yourself cheese

In the article on Umberto’s on page ___, you read that they make their own fresh mozzarella. Is this something you want to do? The advantages to making your own cheese are it gives you something unique to market about your restaurant, it allows you to control the freshness and … More

Food & Ingredients

A breakdown of pizza nutrition

From time to time, I get a question regarding how to make pizza a healthier food. It seems that healthy eating is all the rage these days, and rightfully so. With our aging population and reports of overweight youngsters, we really should take greater care in selecting the foods that … More

Food & Ingredients

How cheesy can you be

In order to make a pizza you must have three basic ingredients; dough, sauce and cheese. The rest is optional. Many pizza makers attempt to improve their pizza by creating a better crust, adding seasonings to the sauce or trying different combinations of toppings. How many have tried to improve … More