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Pizza Sports Make a Splash on ESPN3

    David Whisker might not throw a 90-m.p.h. fastball, but sports fans around the country know him as a box-folding speed demon—thanks to the U.S. Pizza Team’s (USPT) history-making debut on ESPN3 in January. They also watched world-champion contender Scott Volpe spin a pair of doughs in a … More

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Tips from the Team: Serving Up the Suds

Sean Dempsey has been a member of the U.S. Pizza Team since 2017. He opened Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant in Watertown, South Dakota, in 1999 and added pizzas to the menu in 2003. But Dempsey got serious about the pizza making craft in 2014. Since then, his restaurant … More

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Eight Ways to Crank Up Spring Sales

“Spring,” Robin Williams once observed, “is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” It’s also an invitation to shrug off that heavy winter coat, step out into the sunshine and take a leisurely stroll to the nearest pizzeria. Start planning now to freshen up your restaurant for the springtime boom … More

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Adding Deli Sandwiches Can Kick Up Your Pizzeria's Sales

Deli sandwiches aren’t a terribly different animal than pizza; they both rely on a bread base and can be topped or filled with essentially any ingredients. But, thanks to their different formats, sandwiches can exponentially diversify a menu. They give customers more choice, generally take less time to serve … More

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Paying Your Pizzeria's Employees Well Can Yield Big Dividends

Paulie Giannone was a middle-aged, ex-IT professional when he started Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn’s Green Point neighborhood in 2010. The concept quickly found success and expanded to Miami, Baltimore and Columbus, Ohio. When the native New Yorker was ready to move into that other pizza capital, he tapped another … More

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Is Your Sauce The Boss? Tips on Successful Sauces

Experts agree: Sauce can make a pizza sing. That simple layer of liquid atop your crust helps make even plain cheese pies stand out—or, when combined with the perfect complementary toppings, can create a truly memorable specialty pie experience for your customers. From crafting the perfect red sauce to … More

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Quad Cities-Style Pizza: Tinkering With Tradition

    You don’t see it too often, but sometimes a pizza style from a specific region will start to transform into a new creation. As new pizzeria owners enter the scene, new toppings pop up, healthier recipe tweaks and specialties may take hold, and chefs even rethink their … More

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The Benefits of Building Your Own Oven From Scratch

Jason Samosky, of Samosky’s Homestyle Pizzeria in Valley City, Ohio, has been a member of the U.S. Pizza Team (USPT) since his first competition and win in 2005 at Pizza Pizzazz in Columbus, Ohio. Jason recently built his own wood-fired oven to serve his operation. Here, Brian Hernandez, PMQ … More