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6 Best Practices for Optimizing Pizzeria Kitchen Flow and Performance

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2017 9:10:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Kitchen Operations

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For any pizzeria, the back of the house drives food quality, service times and customer satisfaction. Given the impact on these key business areas, how well or how poorly your kitchen operations are organized and run often influences the bottom line.

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Dough Ball Versatility: Pizza Three Ways [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2017 9:16:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Custom Crusts, General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Many people understand the advantages of using frozen dough balls, but did you know just how many styles of pizza you can make from them? In the past, we’ve shown you how to use dough balls for styles like hand-tossed and wood-fired pizzas. This time, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust shows off just how easy it is to tackle signature pizza styles of Take ‘n’ Bake, Detroit-style and Chicago-style deep dish pizzas — all using pre-made dough balls.

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Thanksgiving Pizzas Your Patrons Will Gobble Up

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2017 10:38:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Crust Varieties, Menus & Recipes

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With the average American packing in about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, it’s clear we can’t get enough of the holiday’s tastes and temptations.

Having turkey and all the trimmings may be tradition, but who says you have to serve it in a traditional way?

Put a twist on Turkey Day in your pizzeria! Pies topped with fall feast favorites are sure to intrigue and delight patrons, plus they give you the flexibility to bundle meal deals or offer per-slice specials. You’ll be thankful for the bottom line boost in your holiday sales!

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Why You Should Have Flatbreads on Your Menu [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 15, 2017 9:28:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties, Menus & Recipes, Video

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Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is back to talk about one of today’s most prevalent and adaptable menu trends: flatbread.

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Dough Ball and Crust Options for Grilled Pizza

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2017 9:19:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Crust Varieties, Kitchen Operations

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People love grilling pizza at home, so imagine their delight if they’d find grilled pizza at your venue — especially if pies aren’t your specialty. Owners/operators of restaurants or entertainment venue chains are finding adding grilled pizza to the menu is a true brand differentiator, and many are surprised at just how easy it is to do once they understand how to maximize their grill’s capabilities.

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5 Steps for Transitioning From Scratch-Made to Pre-Made Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2017 9:11:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Custom Crusts, General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Growth is a top priority for multi-store pizzeria owners/operators, but have you considered how meeting that goal will change how you do business?

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Top 3 Commercial Pizza Crust Types for Convenience Stores

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2017 9:17:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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Pizza is a perennial favorite of the grab-n-go crowd, but biting into a soggy or tough crust could leave a bad taste about your c-store in their mouths. Given that NACS reports that 60% of customers consume c-store food (including pizza), driving sales of over $40 billion annually, it’s important that you provide pies that consistently meet their taste and quality expectations.

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Revealing the Hidden Value of Your POS System

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2017 9:26:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Restaurant Marketing

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Point of Sale (POS) systems are restaurant industry staples, providing a variety of capabilities beyond what the transaction-oriented name suggests. Some operators with existing POS systems aren’t familiar with the operational efficiencies of lesser used features — and that oversight could be costing them time and money.

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Mobile Apps: Budget-Friendly Solutions for Pizzerias

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2017 9:37:37 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Customer Service, Restaurant Marketing

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Given that some of the top national pizza chains garner about 15% of their collective total annual revenue from digital platforms, mobile apps are a viable and sought-after way for customers to connect with your pizzeria. The sticking point for smaller operations, however, is that if the “big guys” are realizing this kind of success in mobile ordering (which is predicted to be a $38 billion industry by 2020), the price of developing and maintaining a mobile app must be cost-prohibitive.

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How Shifts in Weather and Temperatures Affect Your Pizzas

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2017 9:10:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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As we’re heading into a new season of the year, it’s top of mind to consider how fluctuating air temperatures, shifting weather patterns and dips in humidity affect pizza dough. These environmental changes put your pizza dough consistency and crust quality at risk, but you can combat their negative impact by implementing a few simple best practices during dough preparation:

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