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
Providing plenty of pasta to the people can pack a punch for your pizzeria's profits.
Question: I’m producing my thick crust pizzas using a par-baked crust I make. I’m having a problem with the crust not browning very well when it is baked in our oven as a complete pizza. Answer: There are several things that might be responsible for the crust not browning properly … More
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
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
Chicken is the perfect addition to a pizzeria's menu, says Dino Ciccone of World Famous Eastown Pizza in London, Ontario, Canada.
QUESTION: I am new to the pizza industry and have seen that cornmeal is occasionally used on the bottom of some pizza crusts, but not on the bottom of others. Can you explain why? ANSWER: Cornmeal has been traditionally used on pizza crusts as a slip, or release agent to … More
It's not delivery, it's DiGiorno's. Almost everyone has heard this famous tag line, even those not in the pizza business…your customers. "It is one of the most brilliant tag lines I think that has ever been developed," Deanie Elsner, senior brand manager for DiGiorno, said. "It completely capsulates everything … More
Joe Calcagno is a pro. He knows and loves the pizza business. He’s also a character. He’s fast talking, full of energy and ideas, and so….well… New York. If you listen carefully for a minute you’ll get two minutes worth of information. When someone like Joe has learned to make … More