In 1889, when a famed Naples pizza chef trundled three different pizzas — fully cooked and piping hot — to the doorstep of the hungry and demanding King Umberto I of Italy and Queen Margherita of Savoy, little did he know that he started a trend that's alive and well hundreds of years later.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Labor shortages are increasingly common in a variety of industries, with foodservice being among the most prevalent. The demand for higher wages and benefits coupled with low unemployment has fueled hiring competition for both experienced and entry level workers, to the detriment of independent restaurants and pizzeria chains.
If we were to ask how your current menu is doing, you’d probably answer, “Good!” But is “good” good enough...when a digital menu board could take your game up to “great?”
While there’s something to be said about pizzerias that still make their pies and do things “the old-fashioned way”, there are several new technologies today that can help improve your pizza ordering, payment, and delivery processes, while also helping you deliver a better final product. It’s important that you keep up with industry standards and patron expectations, and in 2017, that means having a mobile-friendly website, being present on mobile apps, providing an online ordering option, and using a sophisticated POS system to help make your restaurant more accessible and run more efficiently.
The more options, the better, right? Not always so when it comes to pizza crusts. Offering too many options on your menu can not only overwhelm customers, it can overextend your staff.