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Focus on Pizzeria Operations: Top Tips for Back of House

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2017 9:18:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Kitchen Operations

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Your food may be your focus, but the success of your pizzeria is largely dependent on attention to detail. Efficiency and consistency in the back of house translates to the front, and vice versa, but not every owner or operator knows which best practices to implement to make it happen.

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Best Pizza Crust Types for Schools and Dining Services

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2017 9:11:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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In the past, the mention of a school cafeteria conjured up visions of lunch ladies dishing out chewy, limp, and lukewarm rectangles of pizza-like rations. The impression it left on the minds of an entire generation is legendary, so much so that there are entire Facebook groups are dedicated to school lunch pizza.

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Pizza 101: Tips and Tricks for Using a Wood-Fired Oven [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 26, 2016 9:20:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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Wood-fired ovens are unique, and some traditional oven rules don’t apply. Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is here to share tips and tricks for making a perfectly cooked, tasty wood-fired pizza.

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Pizza 101: Tools You Need and How to Use Them [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 26, 2016 2:49:14 PM / by Nick Charles posted in Kitchen Operations

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Making pizza is part skill, part art and all dependent on the proven tools of the trade. What does it take to make the perfect pie? Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust walks us through Pizza 101: The Tools You Need and How to Use Them.

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When to Stop Mixing Your Own Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2016 9:06:26 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Kitchen Operations

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Scratch-made dough. There’s nothing like it – or is there? Pre-mixed frozen pizza dough offers the same quality, customized flavor profiles and performance as dough you mix onsite, but without the considerable time and labor commitment.

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How Ovens Impact Pizza Performance and Characteristics — Part 3

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2016 8:03:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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How does the type of oven you use impact the flavor, texture and performance of the pies you present to your patrons?

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Selecting the Right Pizza Oven for Your Space—Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 17, 2016 1:35:09 PM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Part 1 of our Ovens blog series alerted you to how the type of oven you use impacts the type of pies you make. But there are still other considerations: What type of space will you build, rent or buy? Is it a freestanding building? A storefront? Mall food court?

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Selecting the Right Oven for Your Pizza Operation—Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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All pizza is not created equal. Toppings, sauce, crust — they all play a part. What’s often overlooked in making a great pie, though, is the oven. The style of pizza you want to make — New York, Neopolitan, pan pizza, take-and-bake, delivery — will greatly influence the type of oven you should have for your operation.

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Best Practices for Perfectly Proofed Pizza Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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Proofing pizza dough is a balancing act between time and temperature. Introduce too much or too little of either one as dough is rising, and you could end up with crusts that underperform or outright fail.

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The Pros and Cons of Pre-Staging Cheese Blanks

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Kitchen Operations

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Lunchtime. Dinnertime. Halftime of the big game. When the rush is on during one of these peak times, orders surge and hungry patrons want service—Now.

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