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In what is described as a “noticeable shift in momentum from historical patterns,” consumers rated independent restaurants superior to chains in 12 of 15 key attributes in a survey by Pentallect. With their surge in popularity, Pentallect projects that independent restaurants will grow at a rate of 4-5% per year through the rest of the decade, nearly doubling the predicted 2-3% growth rate of chains.

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Video: The Joys of Cup-and-Char Pepperoni

In this PMQ Pizza Kitchen video, Darren Ezzo of Ezzo Sausage Co. and PMQ’s Brian Hernandez demonstrate two varieties of pepperoni, including Ezzo’s industry-leading cup-and-char style that curls into tiny cups loaded with juicy flavor during baking.

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Pizzeria Locale Moves to Head of the Class

Pizzeria Locale could teach other pizzerias a thing or two about generating publicity with pizza-making classes. The small chain, with stores in Denver, Cincinnati and Kansas City, Kansas, racked up coverage in two media outlets in one week, thanks to its “Dough from Scratch” classes for locals. One class, taught to children undergoing therapy for developmental delays and autism, landed Pizzeria Locale in a two-minute segment on local TV station Fox4KC. 

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