This Week in Pizza, Sept. 2

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Pizza chains are backing a bipartisan bill that would allow stores that mostly deliver to provide calorie information online and through mobile apps instead of on in-store menu boards. Foxnews.com reports The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 is a response to FDA rules requiring food and retail shops with more than 20 locations to post their menu information starting December 1, 2016. Big chains like Pizza Hut and Domino's say millions of potential topping combinations make building nutrition information boards unreasonably costly. One Domino’s franchise owner in Missouri said it would cost him $5,000 to build the boards, even though 90%-plus of his business comes by phone or online. The bill awaits action in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Read more about Big Pizza’s efforts to rein in calorie mandates on PMQ.com.

 

 
 

8 Fixes for Your Boring Restroom

Why is your restroom so boring when the rest of your pizzeria rocks? Maybe you didn’t know that restroom traffic is placed perfectly for innovative marketing efforts.

Get “toilet trained” by restroom expert John Flushberg (yes, that’s really his name) at the Pizza Insider.

 

 
 

Get Wired Up and Fired Up for Online Ordering at Sofo Foods Expo 2015!

Sofo Foods Expo 2015 returns to Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, October 4th at The Cobb Galleria Centre. Over 100 manufacturers will be sampling products and demonstrating menu ideas. New at the Expo this year is the addition of an Online Ordering Fair, in partnership with PMQ Pizza Magazine. This will be a technology-based area dedicated to teaching independent pizza operators how they can increase their sales by using online ordering. Also new this year is a booth dedicated to Pizza Napoletana. The booth will feature the products used to create authentic Italian-style (Neapolitan) pizza. On hand to demonstrate the products and show his culinary talents will be International Pizza Champion and certified APN pizzaiolo Michele D’Amelio. Sofo Foods Expo will be holding a pizza contest qualifier for the U.S. Pizza Team with 10 contestants who were drawn from entries received. The winner will also go on to compete with the U.S. Pizza Team in Italy at the World Pizza Championship. 

Click here to register online!

Sofo Foods is a family owned Italian food distributor headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. The company has been in business for over 60 years and is currently supplying customers in 18 states from 4 distribution facilities.

 
 

Pizza TV: The Picture-Perfect Pizza

Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest have made food photography more important than ever. Jennifer Chandler, author of The Southern Pantry Cookbook, Simply Suppers and Simply Salads, shares a passel of simple tips to help pizzeria operators snap perfect pizza pics.

Watch the video at PizzaTV.com.

 

 
 

Why Tribecca Allie Café is Pizza Inspiration

Who knew that a Neapolitan-style pizzeria with an old-school brick wood-fired oven was baking up some of the best pizza in America—and doing it in small-town Mississippi?

Andy Knef meets a pair of world-class pizza makers who use LOVE as their most precious ingredient at Pizza Perspective.

 

Pizza Panties Going in Women’s Drawers

Pizza has inspired everything from online ordering to pizza-only diets. Why not designer underwear? According to Foodworldnews.com, the novelty company Evrything Pizza has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Pizza Panties, which the company calls "the ultimate gift item for female pizza lovers." Noting that a pizza slice and ladies' underwear have similar shapes, founder and inventor Phil Gonzalez came up with several designs for pizza lingerie. The campaign currently has 91 backers and has collected $2,695 with three weeks left to go to raise its goal of $15,000. Donate $10, and you’ll receive two pizza-themed thongs. For just $20, the company will package the unmentionables in a stylish pizza box.

Read more about how you can get pizza into the drawers of your soulmate.

 

 

A Random Act of Kindness at Brothers Pizza

A server’s random act of kindness made a cancer patient’s day and earned invaluable free publicity for Brothers Pizza on Rt. 33 in Hamilton, New Jersey. When Rick Lewallen, who has been fighting brain cancer—and the medical bills that come with it—got his check at the pizzeria, he also got a heartwarming surprise: an encouraging note from his 17-year-old waitress, Daniela Bossi, that read, “For putting up the biggest fight … this one is on me.” His wife Annette later posted a thank-you note to Bossi, and the word spread from there. “It was a vote for humanity,” Rick Lewallen told NJ.com. “I’ve finally stopped crying about it.” According to media reports, the pizzeria’s owners reimbursed Bossi for the bill. “They told me they were behind me 100 percent,” Bossi told NJ.com. As word of Bossi’s good deed spread, the story went viral and the pizzeria earned glowing publicity in the Star-Ledger, the Daily Meal and the UK’s Daily Mail and on websites around the world.

Read more about this heartwarming story at PMQ.com.

 

 
 
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