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Now On One-Minute Recipe Videos: The Salty Sweet Meat We’ve rolled out our new series of one-minute recipe videos with an easypeasy treat that can’t be beat: the Salty Sweet Meat. As the name suggests, it’s a tantalizing blend of palate-pleasing flavors made with sweet Italian sausage, pepperoni and orange and red peppers. Try out the recipe yourself, make some tweaks to fit your pizza style and menu, and let us know what you think. You can watch the video and get the full recipe in text format at!

Exclusively On Trump-Inspired Pizza Sells for $10,000 Inspired by President Trump, a pizzeria owner with a heart of gold has created a pizza made of gold. Hakki Akdeniz, the owner of Champion Pizza in New York, has designed a pizza topped with edible 23-karat gold leaf that spells out TRUMP. The goal: to benefit the homeless shelter that kept him alive after he first immigrated to the U.S. Read about it at

Can Smaller Pizza Companies Ever Compete with Domino’s? Small chains and independents may have fallen too far behind to ever catch up to Domino’s ordering and delivery technologies. So says the company’s CEO, Patrick Doyle. As more customers rely on digital ordering, it can only play to Domino’s strength, Doyle told Investor’s Business Daily. Next comes voice ordering and self-driving delivery cars. Read more at


8 Technologies That Could Change Pizza Forever A brave new world has dawned for pizza makers and consumers, but whether those changes will be for the better or worse is anyone’s guess. From 3-D printing to pizza vending machines, we take a look at an array of new, fast-evolving technologies that could change how we make, sell and deliver the world’s most popular food. Read more about it at

The Dude Abides: 10 Wickedly Clever Pies at Two Boots Pizza Two Boots operates one of our favorite pizzeria websites, and that’s due in no small part to its delightful graphics and cleverly named specialty pizzas. Taking inspiration from sources like The Big Lebowski, Kanye West and The Dick Van Dyke Show, this chain has expanded from its first location in New York’s East Village to as far away as Nashville and Los Angeles. Read more at

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Dreaming of a White Pizza White pies can incorporate everything from ranch dressing to Alfredo sauce and ricotta, making them temptingly versatile for operators and customers alike. By Tracy Morin


Keep On Truckin’ As the food-truck movement keeps rolling along, three successful operators explain how they turned their freewheeling pizzerias into steady moneymakers. By Tracy Morin



Seizing the Upside of a Downturn, Part 3 Never underestimate the power of “yes” in customer relations—it can give your pizzeria a big advantage over competitors in the battle for customers’ dollars. By Rick Drury


A Clean Slate Woodstock’s, a small chain in California, has made the switch to cleaner, healthier ingredients, but it hasn’t been easy—or cheap. Here’s how they did it. By Rick Hynum


Pint-Sized Powerhouses Operators with drive-thru pizza shops are finding success with the right combination of technology, staff training, marketing and streamlined service. By Tracy Morin


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In Lehmann’s Terms: How to Make a More Durable Take-and-Bake Pizza If you’re planning to offer a take-and-bake option, creating a pizza that’s “consumer-proof ” will be your toughest challenge, says Tom “The Dough Doctor” Lehmann.

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New York’s Finest: Housemade Pretzels Here’s a side item with a twist: Chef Bruno offers a profitable alternative to traditional garlic knots.


Accounting for Your Money: How to Better Organize Your Back Office If your back-of-the-house office is a disorganized mess, it could be costing you money. Here’s how to get it in tip-top shape—and keep it that way.



The Think Tank: The Advantages of a Takeaway Menu Many customers, including younger ones, still want a printed menu they can carry home with them, our Think Tank experts say.


Art of Marketing: 4 Deals to Ease the Pain of Tax Day This month, PMQ presents promos to perk up taxpayers, plus three ideas for honoring Earth Day and four ways to spoil Mom on Mother’s Day.


Recipe of the Month: Arugula and Spicy Sausage Cavatappi In this hearty dish from Escalon, corkscrew pasta nicely captures the small bits of hot Italian sausage and Spanish onion for maximum flavor.



Pizza Without Borders Moscow gets its first pizzeria named after a flour mix, while Seoul gets a New York-style pizza joint with authentic Brooklyn-based craft brews.


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Pizza Hall of Fame: Martino’s Italian Villa From Italy to Kokomo, Frank and Angelo Martino made a life-changing move that spawned a pizza legend in Indiana.

Idea Zone: Hospitality Mint Giving your customers free mints along with your check can boost server tips and improve the overall guest experience.


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’ve never been a blogger. Blogging calls for brevity, and I’m a long-winded son of a gun. I struggle every month to keep this column under 400 words, because I’m certain everything I write is brilliant and not to be whittled down or trifled with. Fortunately, I’ve managed to round up some folks who were born to blog about pizza marketing and the pizza world in general. If you haven’t read our current crop of bloggers at, including two brand-new ones, you’re missing out: 1. Andy Knef—PMQ’s associate editor writes the Pizza Perspective blog, and his perspective is, admittedly, a little skewed. Andy keeps things light and funny, commenting on everything from his travels with the U.S. Pizza Team to Kristen Stewart’s Totino’s-inspired makeout session with Vanessa Bayer on Saturday Night Live. Get a peek inside Andy’s mind at 2. Bruce Irving—The man behind the Smart Pizza Marketing podcast now produces a blog by the same name for us. Bruce has been knocking it out of the park on topics such as social media trends, handling negative reviews and email vs. direct mail marketing. When space allows, we’ll run some of Bruce’s content here in these very pages—it’s really good stuff. Start reading and learning at 3. Missy Green—Our international correspondent travels the globe in search of good pizza and even better pizza stories on the Pizza Without Borders blog. She recently judged a Swedish pizza competition in Stockholm and does a terrific job of reporting on overseas trends from Shanghai to Paris, all with her trademark wit and insider’s knowledge. Read her insights at 4. Milvian Prieto—Milvian is one of the sharp, young minds behind the popular NJ Pizza Girls Instagram account. These pizza-savvy young ladies have become a familiar sight at pizzerias around the Garden State, snapping pics of their favorite pies and spreading goodwill everywhere they go. As of press time, Milvian has written only two blogs for us— including a mini-profile of Anthony Saporito, co-owner of Urban Fire in Madison, New Jersey—but that just means we’ve got a lot to look forward to! Start following her adventures at In fact, I hope you’ll start following all of our talented bloggers. They’re working hard so I don’t have to, and God bless ‘em for that!

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THE PIZZA BOX CHALLENGE As an avid reader of your magazine, I appreciate all that your company does to help the industry. I wanted to share with your readers something that has helped my business grow for free. I created the #pizzaboxchallenge on Facebook. I made a quick video in which I flipped a pizza box backwards onto a table behind me while looking straight into the camera. The box flipped several times and made a perfect landing. I asked my customers to share the video to receive a 10% discount on their next purchase. In just two days, the video had over 1,100 views and racked up 5,000 views in less than three weeks. It helped grow my sales by 11%! With your help, we can get this idea out there and, hopefully, help other businesses do the same! Iggy Farina Antica Napoli Pizza Gettysburg, PA Great idea for a video, Iggy. Thanks for sharing!


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How to Make a More Durable Take-and-Bake Pizza The Dough Doc details how to develop a pie that’s consumer-proof and able to withstand some serious abuse and neglect. By Tom Lehmann


We want to start offering a take-and-bake option on our menu. What should we keep in mind?

Your greatest challenge will be making a pizza that is “consumer-proof,” one that will perform at a satisfactory level even if the consumer doesn’t bake it for several days or bakes it at the wrong temperature. When the customer comes back to complain, you can, of course, remind him that he didn’t follow the directions printed plainly on the box, but what good will that do? If you want to keep the customer, you’ll still end up giving him another pizza, so let’s start out by providing a pizza that will take all but the most severe abuse and neglect. The dough should be made using flour with at least 12.5% protein content, and the fermentation must be well-controlled and limited to no more than 24 hours in the cooler. After opening the dough into a pizza skin,

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brush it with olive oil before dressing. Keep the sauce as thick as you can work with; adding too much water to the sauce will result in syneresis (water leaking out of the sauce upon standing), which can make a lasting (and negative) impression when the hungry patron picks up that first slice and sees water oozing from it. Too much water will also contribute to the development of a gum line in the finished pizza, making for a less-than-ideal eating experience. My personal preference is to use a high-quality, coldpacked, full-tomato product. I then add a small amount of tomato paste to further thicken the sauce. If you’re planning to add onion and/or garlic to the sauce, be sure to boil them in a small amount of water or oil to deactivate the enzymes. Otherwise, these enzymes will catalyze the tomato pectin and cause it to gel, resulting in a sauce that ends up more like tomato jelly than pizza sauce. Once you have the sauce applied, don’t get too heavy-handed with vegetable toppings, since they tend to water out during the baking process. This makes for what I affectionately call a “swamp pizza,” which is as bad as it sounds. If you can get your hands on some

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“The [take-and-bake] dough should be made using flour with at least 12.5% protein content, and the fermentation must be well-controlled and limited to no more than 24 hours in the cooler.” moisture-controlled vegetable toppings, that will solve the problem. These are the same toppings added to just about every frozen pizza at your local supermarket. Unlike fresh veggies, moisture-controlled vegetable toppings hold their shape, don’t water out, and retain their color as well as their flavor when they’re baked on the pie. Once the pizza is topped and almost ready to be sent on its way, I like to place an ovenable/bakeable fiber tray under it, which facilitates handling of the pie for the customer. After that, wrap the pizza in stretch wrap to hold it together, and place a use-by date label on the wrapper. Box the pizza just as you would any other pizza, which makes it easier for the consumer to carry it home. Be sure

to develop good baking directions for the consumer to follow, including instructions for using different types of ovens, and you’re all set! One last piece of advice: Do not falsely compare your take-and-bake pizzas to your regular in-store baked pizzas. They’re just not going to be the same. But you can still market the option as a way to enjoy your pizzas at home, any time. Even if you don’t normally sell take-and-bake pizzas, you might want to consider offering them during those periods of the year when many customers are glued to their TV screens, such as watching a major sporting event, and want to enjoy pizza with as little effort as possible. They can just pop your take-and-bake into a 425° oven and have a fresh, hot pie ready to eat by halftime!




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Housemade Pretzels Instead of offering traditional garlic knots as a freebie to customers, add these authentic pretzels to your menu as an upsell item.


ello, my readers! Today I’m going to teach you how to make pretzels the right way. My family and I rang in the new year with these pretzels, and they were delicious. They’re very easy to prepare and will make a great signature side item that you can add to your menu. Pair these pretzels with a marinara, cheese or honey mustard sauce, and you’ve got a real winner. Pretzels are also a great alternative if you don’t want to offer traditional garlic knots. Besides, garlic knots are often given out for free with pizzeria orders, but you can charge for these pretzels. A lot of pizza shops in New York are already doing it. It’s another opportunity to upsell customers and make more money! Mangia!

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How to Better Organize Your Back Office There’s a direct correlation between an organized back-of-the-house system and a restaurant’s profitability. By Michael J. Rasmussen


My back office is a mess. How do I get it organized?

As an accountant who works with restaurant owners nationwide, I often sit in their back-of-the-house offices. It’s typically a 4’-by-4’ space that also serves as a broom closet and a break room. It’s packed with security cameras, employee uniforms, filing cabinets, post-it boards and ethernet cables that hang around you like a nest of boa constrictors. It’s pitiful. I urge my independent restaurant clients to mirror the national chains when setting up a back office. You need only an all-in-one printer, copier and scanner; a touchscreen computer; a shredder; and a sign that says “No Admittance.” In this day and age, you don’t need a filing cabinet or storage area for paper. Cables should be neatly encased in plastic tubing. Shift lockers for waitstaff should be located outside of the office. For communications, just set up a high-speed Internet connection and a Bluetooth headset with voice-over-IP for phone calls. To prepare for a spring cleaning at your restaurant, start by creating a company-wide initiative to reduce clutter. Assign maintenance of the house office to a staff member and pay that person to start the process. Here’s how to do it: 1. Get rid of all paper. Organize all paper items into marked storage boxes. Interview every manager, 22

employee and accountant to find out how each document got there, why it’s still there and who needs a copy of it. If it’s important, scan it and email the file to the appropriate person and throw the paper copy out. 2. Dispose of employees’ personal items. These should be placed temporarily in storage boxes, and employees must claim them and take them home— or lose them! If you have shift lockers, that’s where personal items should go, not in the back office. The back office is not a landfill—it’s a place of business that needs to be organized and spotless. 3. Create manuals for office equipment. Create a simple training manual explaining the function of each piece of equipment and who should use what, how to use it and where to store/send any processed information. With this system in place, it’s up to shift managers to keep things orderly. There’s a direct correlation between an organized back-of-the-house system and restaurant profitability. Chew on that for a while! Michael J. Rasmussen is the owner of Rasmussen Tax Group ( in Conway, Arkansas. He is also the co-owner of Eyenalyze (, a company that provides real-time profit analysis for restaurant owners.

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The Advantages of a Takeaway Menu Even in the digital age, many customers, including younger ones, still want a printed menu to carry home with them. C


oyster13: Do you guys have a printed version of your menu that customers can take home with them? d9phoenix: I try to keep printed menus around, even if they’re just old-school, double-sided menus that I print here at the store. But the majority of consumers grew up in the digital age and prefers everything to be found online and easily accessible via their smartphones. A lot of younger people don’t care for printed material at all. Home Town Pizza: We keep them and go through quite a few of them. Most every place around here has a printed [take-home] menu, although with varying degrees of quality. I try to push our website and Facebook page with each one I give out, but people still refer mostly to the printed menu. Even our younger crowd seems hesitant to switch away from a paper menu. Mikes3: I’ve always stapled a menu to every order. Don’t get me wrong: I’m only 33 years old, and I love the Internet. But sometimes it’s a pain to scroll on a tablet or a phone. I’ll walk into my kitchen and open a drawer to get a menu most of the time.



Brad Randall: We will stuff a full-color, trifold menu into the pizza box with every order that goes out the door. That’s pretty much the only print marketing we’ve been doing for the last few years.






Wholly Stromboli: Our menu is a tabloid-size, newspaperstyle piece printed on real newsprint with an offset press. We print around 7,000 at a time, which allows us to use the same menu for dine-in or carryout. If we’re doing an off-site catering event, we can take a stack there as well. The old-fashioned newspaper style fits with our brand and our 103-year-old building.


Padrones Pizza East: I use Mspark for my menus. I pay $354.50 a month [for a shared-mailing program]. They mail out 5,000 menus a month, and I get 1,000 for in-house use. With this package, I can make changes to my menu every three months. I can tell you to within the hour when people receive and open their mail and see our menus—my sales almost double with just one mailing. Get answers to your most perplexing problems and swap tips and ideas with the experts in PMQ’s Think Tank, the pizza industry’s oldest and most popular online forum. Register for free at (Member posts have been edited here for clarity.)

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Designing the Perfect Mutant Pizza

What happens when you cross Cleopatra Jones with the Kraken? Don’t ask us—we’re scared to try. But Two Boots Pizza, with locations in six states and a reputation for pizza-naming genius, knows a thing or two about creating oddball pizzas. And so do Two Boots customers, who were invited during Mash-Up Month to create their own mutant pizza hybrids derived from the chain’s existing menu, which includes specialty pies with names like the Larry Tate (in honor of a character on Bewitched), the Gilda Radner-inspired Emily Litella, and Meat the Mets, a tribute to fans of the New York baseball team. The winning entry earned $1,000 worth of free pizza.

Two Boots Pizza, perhaps the only pizzeria with a pie named after Buckminster Fuller, launched Mash-Up Month in January by creating three “mutant pizzas” from its menu, including the Tony Collective, a hybrid of the Tony Clifton and the Animal Collective.

Quick Tip 1: Marketing From A to B Take advantage of your email marketing software’s A/B testing function to craft more effective messages. It can be as easy as trying a different subject title, tweaking your copy or adding photos. Start by running an A/B test on a sample list of recipients and then evaluate the results.

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Landini’s Pizzeria in San Diego kicked off the new year with a perfectly pawesome promo that raised cash for a local animal rescue center. Hosted by a pair of charming pooches named Miss Pickles and Teddy, Doggies On the Deck featured raffle prizes donated by local partners, including Trader Joe’s, Ristorante Illando, The Shack Bar and Grill, and a number of businesses specializing in animal care and pet food. Pooches and pups wolfed down complimentary doggie treats, while their humans enjoyed $2 slices with beer and wine. The event, which is held every month to support animal-related causes, raised $500 for Holly’s Garden Rescue. Teddy the Teripoo and Miss Pickles kept their humans on a tight leash for Doggies On the Deck, a Landini’s Pizzeria fundraiser for a local animal rescue center. Raffle prizes were donated by companies ranging from Trader Joe’s to Three Dog Bakery.


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The Call of the Wild

Deer meat was on the menu in a three-day promo that brought together the local Rotary Club, a nonprofit that feeds the hungry, and Market Pizza in Stockton, New Jersey. Megan Jones-Holt, the pizzeria’s chef and owner, hit upon the idea of making venison pizza for a Rotarian-sponsored fundraiser tied in with Hunters Helping the Hungry, which provides the needy with wild deer meat. According to Jones-Holt, the venison is cut with beef fat for a less gamy flavor. “I didn’t want to do something so far out of left field that people would be Owner/chef Megan Jones-Holt crehesitant to try it,” she says. “The deer has been marinated in extra-virgin olive ates a true farm-to-table experience at Market Pizza in Stockton, New oil infused with basil, oregano, tarragon, thyme, salt and pepper—all good herbs Jersey, designing artisanal pizzas that one would put on ground beef. The meat was precooked before going on using locally grown ingredients like mushrooms, sausage, prosciutto, the pizza.” The pie also features fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, crushed tomatoes, eggs and vegetables. red onions, jalapeños and oregano. “The venison is crumbled on top, then finished off with birch-smoked salt from Iceland and fresh sweet basil,” Jones-Holt adds. A portion of proceeds for every venison pizza sold went to Hunters Helping the Hungry, raising enough money to serve 4,000 meals to the hungry, according to Jones-Holt. The artisan pizzeria continued to offer wild-game pizzas—including wild boar bacon, smoked duck and bison—for the next three weeks.

How to Stuff a Christmas Stocking

Move over, Santa Claus—Tim McCarthy really knows how to stuff a Christmas stocking. McCarthy, the manager of Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth, Maine, oversaw the Ultimate Christmas Stocking contest, featuring more than $1,000 in gift cards and other goodies. To win, Facebook customers had to comment, like or share the post, and the response was like a holiday miracle, with a total of 10,752 reactions, 7,240 comments and 6,828 shares. Once the promotion hit the magic number of 6,000 reactions, McCarthy sweetened the deal by adding a second winner for a $200 gift card for Pat’s own pies.

Pat’s Pizza manager Tim McCarthy oversaw an Ultimate Christmas Stocking contest featuring goodies such as a $50 Walmart gift card; a $50 gift card for iTunes; a $25 gift card for Starbucks; an iPod worth $200; and goodies from local bakeries, jewelry stores, florists and spas.

Quick Tip 2: What Feels Good Doesn’t Always Look Good It’s hard to resist hitting back when a customer posts an unfair online review about his experience at your pizzeria. It feels good to tell him off and put him in his place. But it doesn’t look good to other customers—it looks like you’re thin-skinned and quick to dismiss complaints. Take the high road, and try to win that customer back instead. 28

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No one likes Tax Day, except maybe Uncle Sam. April 15 falls on a Saturday this year, so turn it into a pizza party and offer special tax-day savings to help ease the sting of that extra bill.


Feature a special $10.40 promotional menu or bundle.

Create tax-themed menu items to celebrate the day, such as a “Breadstick It to the Man” appetizer or an “Uncle Sam Eats Pineapple Pizza” specialty pie.




Give a 15% discount to anyone decked out in their most patriotic colors.

Offer special deals or bundles to tax preparers and encourage them to bring their families in to celebrate the end of tax season.



Ideas for Honoring

Arrange a cleanup event or tree planting at a local park and invite customers to join you and your staff, with a pizza party to follow.

April 22 is Earth Day, and it’s the perfect opportunity to show how you support a sustainable planet.

Invite a sustainability expert to come in and explain small changes you can make to help lower costs while also helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

Create a special Earth Day menu with locally sourced foods and beverages.

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Tips&Tricks 4 Ways to Spoil Moms on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the biggest dining-out day of the year. It’s also a time for families of all sizes to come together and celebrate Mom. There’s no better day to promote a visit to your pizzeria for the world’s most sharable meal. But don’t just assume that Mom and the family will come to your pizzeria. You’ve got to make it a special day! 1.

Create (and heavily promote) a special menu with items mothers will love—a special salad, a mom-inspired pizza and a light dessert, such as strawberry shortcake.

2. Spoil Mom when she arrives by offering her a glass of bubbly or a flower. It’s her special day, and she’ll remember it all year if you make it a good one for her. 3. Try to customize the experience to your demographic. A 25-year-old new mom doesn’t celebrate Mother’s Day the same way a grandmother celebrates it. Educate your staff to know the difference and customize the experience to each. 4. Offer a bounce-back promotion to families who do come in—some for the first time. You’ll want them to return, so provide an incentive, such as a free $10 gift card for Mom to use within the next 30 days.

Quick Promo Tip: Seeking new customers? Place a coupon or ad on the back of your local grocer’s receipt. Everyone buys groceries, giving you a bigger chance of getting noticed by new customers not already on your radar.

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Want to sell more pizza? Make a video and share it with your customers and social media fans.


izza may be the ultimate made-for-TV food. It’s as naturally photogenic as Emma Stone and always ready for its close-up. For viewers watching a football game on a Sunday afternoon, the classic “cheese pull”—that stylized, slow-motion shot of a steamy-hot slice oozing gooey strands of cheese as a hand lifts it slowly, seductively, from the pie—has become the culinary equivalent of a sex scene in a Game of Thrones episode. It’s visually arresting and evocative, teasing the imagination with the promise of sensual pleasures to come. It makes you stop and stare. And, unlike the HBO series, it’s family-friendly. The cheese-pull shot reaches a part of the brain that’s nonverbal and primal, creating a visceral response that skirts the intellect and primes the body for action, which, hopefully, leads the viewer to reach for his phone and place an order on the spot. It’s a feat that video does better than any other medium—mere pretty words, even from the pen of the finest poet, cannot match the power of that one tantalizing, mouthwatering image (and that’s a truth we writers don’t like to admit).

For a pizzeria owner using the Internet to build brand awareness and drive traffic, video is the new secret weapon. Video will account for 69% of all consumer Internet traffic this year, and that number will rise to 82% in 2020, according to technology firm Contently. And if you’re looking to grab eyeballs on Facebook, video has to be part of your marketing strategy in 2017. Today’s Facebook users watch an average of 100 million hours of video on mobile devices every day, with daily views jumping from 1 billion to 8 billion in a single year, even as text posts keep declining. In fact, Facebook could very well become “all video” in the next five years, Nicola Mendelsohn, the social media giant’s vice president in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International Summit in London last year. “If I was having a bet, it’d be video, video, video,” she said. She described video content as “the best way to tell stories in this world where so much information is coming at us. It [conveys] so much information in a much quicker period … and helps us digest more of the information in a quicker way.” March 2017

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“Video is the best way to tell stories in this world where so much information is coming at us. It [conveys] so much information in a much quicker period … and helps us digest more of the information in a quicker way.” —NICOLA MENDELSOHN, FAC E B O O K V I C E P R E S I D E N T I N E U RO P E , T H E M I D D L E E AST AND AFRICA

Video offers a “very immersive experience” and has become “a critical component to how online customers make decisions,” says Ilir Sela, founder and CEO of Slice, a New York-headquartered company that helps independent pizzerias accept and manage online orders. Paired with Facebook and other social media, video marketing also levels the playing field for pizzeria operators, especially the small chains and single-unit independents, Sela notes. “Consumers spend significant time perusing Facebook, so it’s the perfect place to consume video. If you are hungry and want food quickly, you can order through an app. But if you want to take your time to research restaurants, video is the ideal experience. It may be the difference between a customer ordering from an authentic local shop and a generic, big-box chain restaurant.” And thanks to digital technology, creating quality video content is no longer an expensive proposition reserved for megabrands like Domino’s and Papa John’s. If you carry a decent smartphone in your pocket or purse, you can be a one-person camera crew, and every delicious-looking pizza that comes out of your oven has real star power. Even professional video crews are more affordable than they used to be. In short, 2017 is the year to add to video to your marketing tool belt, and PMQ Pizza Magazine wants to help. 36

“Video has become a critical component to how online customers make decisions.” —ILIR SELA, FOUNDER AND CEO OF SLICE ONLINE ORDERING

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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE 2016 MY PIZZA VIDEO CONTEST If your company participated in PMQ’s My Pizza Video Contest last year, you’ve already got a leg up on creating content for your pizzeria. We received a total of 32 entries, with the grand prize of $1,000 going to single-unit operator Slice of the 80s in Westland, Michigan. Vibrant and fastpaced, the video captured the lively spirit of the ‘80s-themed pizzeria and the decade that it celebrates, complete with references to everything from hair bands and Ms. Pac-Man to Cyndi Lauper and Beetlejuice. A panel of six PMQ staffers judged the 2016 contest and narrowed it down to 10 semifinalists from Ohio, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Illinois. The top 10 entries included low-budget, found-footage parodies—a man falls mysteriously unconscious in the parking lot of Jimbo’s Pizza in Lemont, Illinois, only to be revived by a slice of pie—and faux documentaries boasting relatively high production values, such as the story of IncrediBear, a break-dancing bear who competes to be the mascot for the John’s Incredible Pizza chain. “They ranged from amateurish to very professionally done,” notes PMQ publisher Steve Green, who personally watched and analyzed every video. “From a strong single message to a catalog of reasons a viewer should buy a pizza, these videos ran the gamut.” In his analysis, Green concluded that the contest’s submissions could be categorized according to voice (who presented the message) and style/format (how the message was presented).

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VOICE: WHO PRESENTED THE MESSAGE? 1. The owner(s) 2. Actors 3. Animated characters 4. An off-camera narrator 5. Employees 6. Host personalities not affiliated with the pizzeria 7. Musical score instead of voices 8. No voice, just raw video footage STYLE: HOW WAS THE MESSAGE PRESENTED? 1. Traditional TV commercial 2. Demonstration (pizza making or dough-spinning) 3. Documentary 4. Employee testimonial 5. Music video 6. Restaurant profile 7. Short film 8. Movie trailer

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Consider This Story an Immersive Experience

Grab your smartphone, download a QR code reader app and immerse yourself in a true multimedia experience. Each QR code below takes you directly to a “best example” video on Read the text, watch the videos and start brainstorming ideas for your next marketing video. Check out this wrap up video (left) about our first contest results or view all submissions at

VIDEO STYLES THAT SELL MORE PIZZA With the second annual My Pizza Video Contest ready to launch, Green hopes readers will have a better understanding of the medium’s almost limitless possibilities as they work on their submissions. “Seeing how last year’s contest videos were made will give our readers a starting point for creating their own video masterpieces this year,” Green says. “The first and most important consideration needs to be your message and the lasting impression that you want to leave with the viewer.” There are many ways to craft and present your message, and here are examples of some of the most effective selling strategies we identified with the help of our readers:

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Stress authenticity. It seems like everyone’s trying to sell you something these days, so more and more consumers, especially millennials, prize authenticity. And pizzerias have authenticity in spades. Polished branding is always a good thing, but make sure your branding message reflects who you really are and why you do what you do. Stress your family’s and your pizzeria’s roots in the area and how you give back to your community. If you truly love making pizza and serving your community, make sure that love shines through in your videos—and viewers will respond.

Lasting impression: You’re not just selling a product. You’re sharing the food you love with your entire community.

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Emphasize quality and artisanship. The major chains have the advantage of omnipresent branding and market share, but many believe independents still make better pizza. Do you prepare your dough fresh in-house every day and work with local growers to find better ingredients? Do you use decades-old family recipes handed down from your great-grandmother? Do you constantly work on new recipes and create signature pizzas that the big chains can’t offer? Does your pizzeria frequently win local “best of” awards and earn rave reviews on social media? If so, make all of these things part of your video story.

Lasting impression: You’re more than just a business owner—you’re a true artisan and pizzaiolo (or pizzaiola, as the case may be).

Go for the glamour. Nothing says “delicious” like that classic cheese-pull shot we described above. It can take some work to capture glamorous, mouthwatering images of food, but they will sell your pizza better than any talking head or blaring caption running across the screen. Don’t just point and shoot—think carefully about lighting, angles and color. Imagine the visual impact of a simple 30-second video, boosted to Facebook users in your market, depicting your most delicious pies fresh and steaming-hot from the oven! Spris Pizzeria Lasting impression: Your pizzas and other menu items are a feast for the senses that must be experienced to be believed. 40

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Feature your customers (and your employees). Enlist your regulars and longtime employees and give them starring roles in your videos. Let your customers speak directly to the viewer and explain in their own words why they love eating your pies. And let your employees talk about why they love making and/or serving the pizzas those customers love to eat.


Lasting impression: In addition to serving the best pizza in town, you provide a safe haven for your customers.

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Capture the overall experience. Do you offer a family-friendly atmosphere where Mom and Dad can bring the kids and everyone will have a good time? Prove it with bright visuals of happy children chomping down on pies, kids’ birthday parties and smiling servers interacting with families at the table. Do you cater to a hipper crowd that’s looking for more adult fun? Make sure to get visuals of bartenders pouring locally brewed craft beers and attractive people enjoying cocktails with their pies. (Make sure the lighting of these shots reflects the ambience of your restaurant.) Are you all about delivery and carryout for pizza lovers on a budget? Emphasize your bundle deals and establish value with plenty of mouthwatering food shots.

Lasting impression: Your potential customers will know exactly what kind of experience to expect at your pizzeria.


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Profiles in Pizza: One of the most popular and effective ways to endear your pizzeria to customers is to let them know more about the people behind the logo. Nick’s Pizza and Pub was our best example of this strategy.

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It’s All About the Kids: If you can get the kids, the parents will follow. And that’s what Johns Incredible Pizza had in mind when they created this high-energy video about a mascot contest and a break-dancing bear.

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The Demonstration: This is a tried and true way for your customer to visualize the experience that you offer. This simple video of a pizza being made at the Corner Slice captures the imagination and rouses the appetite of customers.

Get ‘Em Laughing: Many of our readers attempted humor through a funny story or ridiculous spoof. The result was, at the very least, engaging, giving customers a chance to peek behind the scenes and bond with a pizza crew not afraid to show their silly side.

Pizzeria Memorial: Bippy’s Pizza provided a video which was unique among our contestants. The video can only be described as a memorial to a pizzeria from the past. It was a tribute to the neighborhood and the customers that supported Bippy’s for over a generation, and it will reside on as a special category. If you’d like to memorialize a pizzeria in this way, please submit your video and we’ll add it to


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ENTER PMQ’S SECOND MY PIZZA VIDEO CONTEST — YOU COULD WIN $1,000! Want to see how other pizzeria owners are harnessing the power of video content marketing? Visit mypizzavideocontest1 to view reader submissions from our first My Pizza Video Contest and get your creative juices flowing. Remember, there are no rules to creative expression. You’re always free to color outside the lines, as it were, to experiment and craft your own message. The key is to start taking advantage of this powerful and accessible tool to build a stronger business. “Get your creative team together and ask yourselves, what makes your place special?” Green says. “What’s your secret? When you think about it, maybe whatever your secret is shouldn’t be a secret anymore. Maybe you should shout it from the hilltops through video.” Ready for your close-up? Enter PMQ’s My Pizza Video Contest 2 and start using the power of video to promote your pizzeria and boost your sales right away. You might even win the $1,000 prize for Best Pizza Video. PMQ’s panel of judges will make their selection based on one key criterion: Which video is most likely to help the pizzeria owner sell more pizza?

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12 Ways to Sell More Pizza with Video You don’t need a Hollywood-size budget to make a video masterpiece. That iPhone in your pocket will do just fine, and there’s a slew of apps to help you edit the footage yourself. The real challenge is to leverage your video content for maximum exposure. Here’s a list of 12 ways to use video to sell more pizza:


2 Create a YouTube account and keep the content coming.

Upload your video directly to Facebook.

YouTube remains the go-to video-sharing platform. It can be integrated with everything from smartphones to gaming consoles and TVs. Develop a strong YouTube presence and regularly post content about your pizzeria, your food and your staff. Keep things light, funny, brief and entertaining.


YouTube’s a great place to start, but don’t stop there. Unlike YouTube, a video uploaded directly to Facebook can be set to auto-play and gets better exposure on news feeds. A study by Search Engine Journal found native Facebook video earned seven times more engagement than embedded third-party videos from sites like YouTube.

4 Go live on Facebook whenever you can.

Don’t forget other social media channels.

Instagram has evolved into a marketing tool—complete with videos of up to one minute in length—for pizzeria owners. It’s the most popular platform with millenials, so tailor your message to that audience. Snapchat, another top app for the younger set, lets you shoot quick vids on your smartphone and upload them instantly.

Not only does Facebook favor native video over other types, it also favors live-streaming video. Use Facebook Live to present cooking demos, on-the-spot feeds at your fundraisers and promotions, Q&As with staff members, new menu items, and interviews with happy customers.


6 Use video to boost your email open rates.

The promise of video content leads more customers to open your e-newsletters and loyalty club mailings. Research shows open rates increase from 7% to 13% when the word “video” appears in the subject line. Another study found that emails with a direct, obvious video call-to-action have a 53% higher click-to-open rate on average. 46

Tell, don’t sell.

Avoid a hard-sell approach to your video content. Tell your pizzeria’s story and show off your food, service and atmosphere, but don’t aggressively push product to your viewers—it’s a turnoff, especially to millennials.

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8 Showcase your best-looking pizzas.

A fresh, delicious-looking pizza sells itself, so let images of your food do the talking. But keep in mind that not all pizzas look equally tasty on-camera, so choose your pies and set up each shot carefully—a lot depends on lighting and angles.


Use customer testimonials.

Your customers are your best ambassadors. Feature them in brief, snappy videos and let them explain, in their own words, why they love your pizza. You can shoot these videos spontaneously with your smartphone or plan them out in advance.


Optimize your video descriptions.

Keep it short.

Don’t tax your audience’s patience with too much detail or drawn-out, repetitive sales messages. Thirty seconds is the preferred length, although you can go longer if the material is good enough.


Clever Headlines Get Clicks

Give your video a catchy, memorable title that will engage your viewers, and use relevant keywords and summaries that sell. Just as language matters in developing a strong menu, you can’t afford to be lazy in crafting the descriptive copy that will accompany your video. Think like a copywriter!

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Advertise in your local theaters.

You can show your videos in local movie theatres before the trailers start. Screen Vision Media and NCM are two companies that can get your video seen on the big screen for a demographic match made in heaven.

Don’t forget your local TV channels. TV advertising is more affordable than you may think with local cable, DirecTV and the Dish Network. Companies like National Media Spots and Prime Media Productions offer options to buy a package of local ads to cover these outlets.

Claim your channel on PizzaTV PizzaTV offers another online venue for your marketing videos. Claim your channel at register.pizzatv. com and you can immediately post links to your YouTube videos and upload menu information, photos, coupons and more. It’s free for a limited time to pizzeria owners, so sign up TODAY!


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ho says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Smart pizzeria operators are embracing this blank-slate shade for their pies—offering customers a mouthwatering alternative to traditional red-sauce options and scoring blazing sales to boot. Even better, white pies can incorporate everything from ranch dressing and extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) to Alfredo sauce and ricotta, making them temptingly versatile for operators and customers alike. WHITE OUT At Dempsey’s Brewery, Pub & Restaurant in Watertown, South Dakota, white pies are prominently featured on the regular menu. But they’re also sold as limited-time specials and on its secret menu, which changes monthly and is featured on Dempsey’s social media and website. During Lent, owner/operator Sean Dempsey considered meat alternatives for pizzas and created for the secret menu the Five Oceans, with fresh mozzarella, basil,


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White pies like the Chicken Spinach Alfredo make for crowd-pleasing LTO specials at Dempsey’s Brewery, Pub & Restaurant in Watertown, South Dakota.

“We want pizzas to look as sexy as they taste. You want it to be bright, vibrant and appealing so that when customers see it, they can already taste it. Then they have to order it!”

pizza”—is topped with olio, provolone, salami, capicola, pepperoni, ham, onions and banana peppers; after baking, chefs toss on a mix of fresh lettuce, marinated tomato and Italian dressing. As these operators have learned, flavorful meats, veggies and cheeses are allowed to shine when added atop a white base. At Dempsey’s, the Blue Haven combines a housemade blue cheese dressing base, seared rib eye, peppers, bacon, tomatoes and blue cheese crumbles. “I haven’t seen many blue cheese pizzas out there,” Dempsey says. “People either love blue cheese or hate it, but it’s become one of our top-five sellers. And with more flavorful cheeses, you don’t need to add much to get that flavor profile.” At Two Bro’s Pizza & Gourmet Pasta in Rootstown, Ohio, owner Anthony Scalia dishes up the Wampler, with an Alfredo sauce base, mushrooms, banana peppers, tomatoes and fresh spinach leaves. TWO BRO’S PIZZA & GOURMET PASTA

green and black Kalamata olives, salmon and feta, all atop a garlic-EVOO base. “It took a while for people to try the salmon pizza, but it’s become very popular,” Dempsey notes. “We use Atlantic salmon, which is mild but still has that distinctive salmon taste, and the other ingredients really complement it.” Dempsey also created Crab Rangoon (with reduced heavy cream, crab, cream cheese and mozzarella, topped with wonton strips) and shrimp-based pies, but he sought an option for those (like himself ) who are allergic to shellfish—and the others ultimately turned out to be less successful than the salmon pizza. “White sauce is versatile—you can put it on just about any pizza, from veggie to surf-and-turf,” says Anthony Scalia, owner of Two Bro’s Pizza & Gourmet Pasta in Rootstown, Ohio. “You can do anything, even make entrees, with it. It’s a great base.” Here, white pizzas feature olio (roasted garlic-infused oil with herbs and spices) or Alfredo. The Godfather—described as “an Italian sandwich on a

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The Cajun Black & Blue Cheeseburger pizza at Two Bro’s features Black Angus beef, provolone, bacon, lettuce, tomato and a blue cheese drizzle.

A recent Scalia’s special, the Cajun Black & Blue Bacon Cheeseburger pizza, combines seasoned Angus beef (Scalia presses out patties and rips off chunks, rather than crumbling the ingredient), bacon and a cheddar-provolone mix. After the pie is baked, Scalia’s pizza makers add tomato and lettuce, plus a dusting of Cajun seasoning and a drizzle of garlic aioli or blue cheese dressing, for extra flavor and texture. Or customers can switch it up with the Gyro pie, with gyro meat, tomato, onion and provolone, drizzled with tzatziki sauce. Of course, Two Bro’s also offers its olio and Alfredo bases for create-your-own pizzas. WHITE-HOT Looks are important when crafting white pies, so colorful ingredients and sauces are key, operators say. Ken Midkiff, co-owner and fornaio at Anthony’s Pizza in Tupelo, Mississippi, notes that many customers are on the fence about trying white pies, but one recent addition is designed to stand out for both its bold flavors and colorful visuals: The Tuscany incorporates ricotta, oregano, Pecorino, basil, spinach, roasted red peppers, red onions, garlic, mozzarella and a sprinkling of cherry tomatoes; post-bake, a balsamic 54

dd 13 oz. dough ball dd 1 oz. garlic EVOO (marinate oil with 3-4 cloves of garlic in bottle of EVOO for 2-3 days prior) dd 2-4 oz. fresh mozzarella balls, pulled apart into smaller balls dd ½ oz. feta cheese, crumbled dd 1 oz. black olives dd 1 oz. green olives dd 2 oz. Roma tomatoes, quartered dd 6 oz. Atlantic salmon filet, cut into squares dd 5 fresh basil leaves, torn dd Sea salt to taste Shape the dough. Add EVOO on the crust, spreading evenly. Add salmon around the pizza, spacing evenly. Add olives and tomatoes, spacing evenly. Add basil, placing so every slice has a piece. Sprinkle feta over the top. Bake at 550° in a brick oven, turning once 2.5 minutes into the bake, then putting pizza back in its original spot for the end of the bake. Once pizza is done (with a crisp bottom and golden crust), remove from the oven, add butter around the edges, and lightly salt with sea salt. Finish with a light sprinkle of oregano and slice into 8 pieces. Makes 1 12” pizza.

glaze drizzle amps up eye appeal. “Using ingredients with contrasting colors, in the right amount, makes your pizza really stand out,” Midkiff notes. When Dempsey and his staff are playing around with new pizzas, they also seek great color combos—for example, fresh basil on the Five Oceans pops against the fresh mozzarella. “The Dirigible Mark IV appeals to vegetarians with a pesto base, fresh basil, pine nuts, light cheese,

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portobella mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers and onions,” Dempsey says. “After baking, it’s finished with EVOO. On another one with an Alfredo base, we add peppers, sausage, bacon and jalapeños, then drizzle a funky sriracha design on half of it, so diners can choose their heat level.” Meanwhile, Two Bro’s looks to customers for pie inspiration. The Wampler (named after the customer who ordered it twice weekly), with fresh spinach, marinated tomatoes, banana peppers, portobella mushrooms, pepperoni and extra cheese, eventually made the permanent menu—and is now one of the top-selling Alfredo pies. But presentation remains a priority. “We want pizzas to look as sexy as they taste,” Scalia says. “I try to make sure every pizza that goes out looks like a competition pizza, with perfect topping placement and color symmetry. You want it to be bright, vibrant and appealing so that when customers see it, they can already taste it. Then they have to order it!” For operators with their eyes (and taste buds) open, inspiration can come from anywhere. Dempsey, who often browses online for ideas, offers these suggestions: “Go to the kitchen and look at your ingredients, asking yourself what you have that you can put together,” he says. “Also, what can you do differently? When we started to throw things together, we made a lot of great pizzas and a lot of god-awful pizzas, but you have to experiment.” For his part, Scalia gets inspired by whatever he’s craving on a particular week; if he’s sampling cheeseburgers or tries a fantastic salad, he thinks, “How can I put this on a pizza?” Midkiff looks to his staff for new ideas; the Tuscany 56

was invented when he instructed staff members to simply create any pie that used red onion. “Tap the resources and creativity of your people; work with those on the inside,” he recommends. “We have a lot of young people working for us, and they can come up with great ideas!” Finally, once your pies are in place (and rotating to accommodate frequent specials), ensure that you and your staff are promoting them wisely. In a small town, Dempsey admits he had to educate customers on some of his experimental white pies, ensuring that front-of-house staff was able to explain their differences—for example, that they’re lighter but can also be more complex than basic red-sauce options. Midkiff offers topping tastes to customers unfamiliar with gourmet ingredients like rapini, allowing them to try what goes onto the pie, and posts pics and ingredients on social media and in-store—even hooking customers with samples or small price breaks for new specialty pies. Scalia also utilizes Facebook, including sponsored posts, to spread the word about specialty and limited-time white pies, often posting on the “pizza of the month” or the “Friday feature.” When recipes have come together a week or two in advance, staff will cook up a couple of the pies on a Friday night and dole out slices to pickup customers, helping build buzz. “In a small town like we’re in, word-of-mouth is huge, and things spread like wildfire,” Scalia laughs. “Though tomato sauce is a classic, olive oil is so much more versatile. I tend to lean more toward the white-sauce pizzas, myself!” Tracy Morin is PMQ’s senior copy editor.

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ood trucks may have existed for decades, but they really exploded onto the scene in the 2000s, appealing to recession-weary operators looking to dive into the restaurant business with less risk than required for brick-and-mortar outlets. But mobile units were a decided departure from the “roach coaches” of earlier times; instead, these meals-on-wheels specialists churned out gourmet grilled cheeses, farm-to-table fare and, yes, wood-fired pizzas. Granted, competition has stiffened, but the segment has enjoyed remarkable growth. According to, food trucks raked in $1.2 billion in 2015, a 12.4% revenue increase over the past five years. However, like in any restaurant business, success can prove elusive without the right game plan. Here, three successful operators share how they turned their free-wheeling pizzerias into steady moneymakers.

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Some food truck operators, such as Lombardi Pizza Co., also establish a brick-and-mortar location to supplement business during off seasons.

“With an old truck, something is always in need of repair. Always expect the unexpected to break.” — P E T E R L O M B A R D I , L O M B A R D I P I Z Z A C O.

HYBRID VEHICLES Peter Lombardi, Chef and Owner Lombardi Pizza Co., Martinsville, NJ I started my business in 2011 when I found an old moving truck on eBay. I had it all customized, with pretty much an entire kitchen inside, including wood-fired oven, refrigerators, freezers, sinks—the whole nine yards. That took about five months. With an old truck, something is always in need of repair. I like to pick one big thing every couple months to take care of so that I’m not hit at once with a ton of repairs. One rule: Always expect the unexpected to break. Our success is almost entirely driven by word-of-mouth. I’m not really a fan of paying for ads, articles, etc. Anyone can buy page space that says, “We’re the Best.” Personally, those ads turn me off—I feel it cheapens your business. I also think customers are smart; they can smell when an ad was purchased vs. a legitimate good review. When someone tells me firsthand about how good a food truck or restaurant is, that holds a lot of weight. Although it may take longer to grow without paying for advertisement, I feel a better sense of accomplishment when customers 60

hear about us from other happy customers. But food trucks are difficult for a couple reasons. A lot of laws are outdated when it comes to running a food truck. Permits can tend to be a big headache. You can’t just pull up on a corner and start selling food—I wish it were that easy! You need permits and inspections for everything, and those all cost money. We’re not like most food trucks, in the sense that we don’t normally “street vend.” We focus primarily on private parties, weddings, birthdays, bat mitzvahs, business events, etc. This eliminates the risk for us. We’re paid to cater a party for a given number of people, so whether one or 100 people eat, we’re still paid for the agreed amount. We also have a brick-and-mortar restaurant, which helps eliminate waste. If we have extra ingredients left over from a truck event, they’re put back into the restaurant. Food trucks are also hard in New Jersey because you have a big off season. I often tell people that if they’re interested in getting a food truck, they should move to warmer weather, somewhere you can run the truck at full capacity year-round. Luckily, I have a restaurant that can float me through the colder months.

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Pizza Capo, an icy-hot combo selling wood-fired pies and Italian ices, finds success by scouting ideal locations, accurately forecasting sales and focusing on quality.

FIRE AND ICE Sue Gochenaur, office manager; Anthony Rohrer, owner/pizzaiolo/operator; Lou Rohrer, research/ development/pizzaiolo; Aaron Rohrer, pizzaiolo Pizza Capo, Newark, DE We’re a small, family-operated company and got started in the mobile business in 2015 when we purchased a used, custom-made frozen dessert cart to serve hand-scooped Italian ice for public and private events. We quickly learned that we could be more versatile if we could offer food as well and knew right away that we wanted to serve pizza. We asked customers what they thought, with enthusiastic responses, and decided to offer wood-fired pizza. We had a custom-made concession trailer built with a wood-fired oven inside, and Rohrer’s Italian Ice became Pizza Capo. In our very first event serving pizza, we came in second place in the professional category for the Scrapple Cook Off Contest.

Family is essential to our success; this business couldn’t run as smoothly without each family member contributing to the operation. Another key is our commitment to serving only the best ingredients. Pizza is a very competitive business, and we want to stand apart from the rest. We also listen to customer feedback, always learning and adapting to suit our customers’ needs and wants and constantly innovating to come up with signature product offerings. Last but not least, it’s essential to be consistent. One of the biggest mistakes we could have made: not talking to our health department prior to having our custom trailer built. Our state required preapproval to construct; they needed to review and approve the specs from top to bottom. Even our pizza had to go through a review to ensure it met food-grade requirements before we purchased the oven.

“One mistake we made in our first event was offering only pies, not slices. We’re learning that at certain events, slices are the big hit, while at other events, pies are the bestsellers.”


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The O.G. Wood Fire Food Truck, offering both lunchtime and special-event service, spreads word-of-mouth by maintaining an active social media presence, snagging awards and staying in touch with local publications.

“We’ve had to change our dough recipe after looking at the weather forecast, so consistency is a challenge. It might be 120° in the truck in July, or 30° in the winter, so we adjust the hydration or yeast in the dough to make it work.” — J AY L A N G F E L D E R , T H E O.G . W O O D F I R E F O O D T R U C K

Forecasting and location are also critical, and there’s not much room for error. If we overprepare for an event, product gets wasted. If we underprepare, we lose sales. Location determines how successful an event will be. It’s difficult to figure out, but learning comes with experience. One mistake we made in our first event was offering only pies, not slices. We’re learning that at certain events, slices are the big hit, while at other events, pies are the bestsellers. Even the types of pies/slices that are more popular can vary from event to event. We’re now able to serve almost year-round, with the exception of bad weather days. In addition to public events and catering, we’ve found a location where we can set up daily. We plan ahead for the off season by paying bills ahead when we can and saving during busy months. We also use the slower months to get scheduled for public events for the upcoming season and test new signature offerings to add to the menu. 64

FAIR-WEATHER AFFAIRS Jay Langfelder, owner The O.G. (One Goal) Wood Fire Food Truck, Buffalo, NY I started in the foodservice industry working in mom-and pop pizzerias, then fine-dining restaurants, before I went to school and got a degree in hospitality management. After working in corporate environments, I decided to sell the pizza I wanted to sell. This is our second season as a food truck, but pizza has always been a hobby of mine; I’ve made probably almost a million pizzas in my day! I’ve experimented with many recipes, but we do a Neapolitan-based pizza, with “00” flour and imported tomatoes, baked in a wood-fired oven on the truck. We do lunches Monday through Friday, plus nighttime special events. In the summer months, we’ll have 12 or 14 events per week vs. five or six in the winter. That’s

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one of the challenges—weather here doesn’t cooperate for a year-round business. It’s also about getting the dough right. We’ve had to change our dough recipe after looking at the weather forecast, so consistency is a challenge. It might be 120° in the truck in July, or 30° in the winter, so we adjust the hydration or yeast in the dough to make it work. Or we might do small parties of 30, then the next day have 200 walk-up customers. Doing a cold ferment three to five days ahead of time requires a lot of guesswork; sometimes we sell out. Providing the best quality has made us successful in one of the most competitive pizza markets in the country. Offering something different, keeping up with trends in the industry, and staying on the forefront (like farm-to-table or unique combinations) have also been key. We did a pop-up recently where we created famous pizzas from around the United States and had a great turnout.

“We did a pop-up recently where we created famous pizzas from around the United States and had a great turnout.” — J AY L A N G F E L D E R ,  T H E O.G . W O O D F I R E FOOD TRUCK

We hit Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, having fun with it, asking people what pizzas they want to see and highlighting our quality ingredients. We also have a great relationship with local writers, and they’ve helped promote us quite a bit. We go after awards, like winning “best food truck” in local publications, to help spread the word. And our schedule is rotational, so people know where to find us. You have to prepare yourself for the seasonality of this business when weather’s a factor. I see a lot of new food trucks go under because they committed too much start-up capital. We keep our costs low and our quality high; I even built the truck myself with my father. We load ourselves up in the summer, staying as busy as we can; you might do back-to-back 100-hour weeks, then work 30-hour weeks in winter. The most important thing is to maintain good relationships with the places you want to be. People think they can just drive all over and blast it out on Twitter, but that’s not the case. Office lunches and catering keep you going, at least until your name’s established. Once people know you, you can go somewhere and people will show up. Tracy Morin is PMQ’s senior copy editor. March 2017

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Saying yes to special requests and negotiating a broader deal with your main vendor can help bring success even in difficult economic times. By Rick Drury | Photos provided by Precinct Pizza


hen the economy collapsed back in 2008, every business was affected, including the pizza industry. Some pizzerias continue to feel the effects of that catastrophe today. The question is, what can we do if it happens again? Precinct Pizza, the pizzeria I founded with my wife in Tampa, Florida, was two years old in 2008. We had registered huge sales from nearly the day we opened, but we also built up a lot of debt from our build-out. When the economy tanked, we were receiving job applications by the dozens on a daily basis. Then our landlord defaulted on the loan for the building, so the court took over ownership of the mall in which Precinct Pizza is located. It was a scary time for everyone. My wife and I had to make some tough decisions about the future and figure out a way to keep our sales from slipping. In this article, I’m going to share with you some of the important things we learned from that experience and from our 10-plus years running one of the busiest pizzerias in the United States. SAY YES TO SPECIAL REQUESTS In an earlier article in this series (“Seizing the Upside of a Downturn, Part 2,” JanuaryFebruary 2017), Jeff Mease, owner of Pizza X in Bloomington, Indiana, noted there are two types of customers: “deal customers” and “real customers.” Independently, after many long discussions, my wife and I reached a similar conclusion.


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“Deal customers” do not care about the quality of the food; they care more about the price, and they will order from the pizza place that offers the cheapest deal that week. These customers are not loyal to any one pizzeria. Then there are the “real customers,” those who do not care so much about the price and want the highest quality pizza they can get. These customers are often picky, and they’re especially particular about how they want their food prepared and served. Special requests—such as light sauce, extra sauce, well-done, lightly done, extra sides of ranch—must be honored and fulfilled for them. If a customer orders 10 wings, for example, and he wants five of one flavor and five of another flavor, do you honor his request, even though it causes your kitchen staff some inconvenience? If a customer orders a pizza and asks for sausage on just ¼ of it, do you give her what she wants? At Precinct Pizza, we say yes to every special request. These customers will prove to be very loyal to a pizzeria that takes their unique needs and desires to heart. And they are the customers that Precinct Pizza covets and has always coveted. In short, during an economic downturn, the pizzeria that goes out of its way to take care of its customers will enjoy a distinct advantage over those that simply ring up the order and grab the cash. It really is the little things that keep a customer coming back. 68

Rick Drury, owner of Precinct Pizza, teaches local students to make their own pies. Drury believes that encouraging loyalty is the key to longevity in the pizza business, especially during challenging economic times.

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QUALITY ISN’T ALWAYS KING Of course, we are proud of the quality of our food at Precinct Pizza, but we have learned that you don’t have to serve the best pies in town to survive, even in a down market. You just need to take better care of your guests. I recommend visiting as many pizzerias in your town as possible, so you’ll know which ones are doing things right and which ones do a poor job of serving their customers. In your opinion, which pizzeria in your town serves the worst food? Most likely, if you visit that store, you’ll find that many people think it’s actually the best pizzeria in town. Otherwise, it would have no customers and would have already gone out of business! Clearly, there’s more involved here than just the quality of the pizza. Simply serving the best pies will not save you in an economic downturn. Listening to your customers, paying close attention to their special requests and following through on those requests are just as important as offering quality pizza. Whether it’s remembering that

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extra side of marinara or double-cutting a pizza, whether it’s happily fetching extra plates or napkins or utensils, or anything else the customer requests, keep this in mind: Your customer is offering to let you make his experience awesome when he makes those special requests. If you honor those requests, you will build loyalty. If you do not honor those requests, they will find another pizzeria that will. Do everything you can to keep these “real customers” happy—they will be loyal to you long after those “deal customers” have left you high and dry. NEGOTIATING WITH VENDORS Keeping costs down is important to every pizzeria’s bottom line. You can do several things to increase the bottom line, but it all starts with negotiating better pricing from your food vendor.

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Rick Drury was an emergency responder in New York before moving south and founding his law enforcement-themed pizzeria.

At Precinct Pizza, we have a solid relationship with our food vendor. For many years, we purchased about 80% of our food from that one vendor, while still going to other vendors to get a better deal on this or that item. We thought that approach saved us money, and it did, but placing orders with all of these different vendors also created more work; some of them didn’t offer delivery, so we had to go out and pick up those items ourselves. Although we were saving money, it was time-consuming. About a year ago, I decided this was not the way to run a pizzeria, especially with my goals for expansion. I went to my main food vendor with a list of all the items I was getting elsewhere and said, “If you want to continue to receive my business, you must get these items for me at nearly the same price I’m paying your competitors.” Because we were ordering about $15,000 to $20,000 a week from that vendor at the time, the company was willing to come to the table and work with me. It agreed to carry almost all of the items I needed, although some had to be specially ordered, and the vendor had to cultivate new relationships

with suppliers to get other items. Currently, my vendor carries about three dozen items that are proprietary to Precinct Pizza. Once these items were in place, I made sure the pricing was reasonable for all parties. Remember that your food vendor is entitled to make a profit, and also keep in mind that smaller vendors will feel the pinch of a recession more than the larger food purveyors. Whatever you do, never go into negotiations and demand to be offered all items at cost. Finally, I also negotiated a rebate on all purchases we made. So, even if I had to pay a little more for some items, the rebate percentage would more than cover it, essentially reducing the overall costs of my orders and saving me money in the end. Now, if there is another economic downturn, I know my relationship with my food vendor is stronger than ever and, hopefully, I’ve got the plans in place to keep my costs down! Rick Drury is owner of Precinct Pizza in Tampa, Florida.

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Clean SLATE Woodstock’s Pizza has overhauled its menu with cleaner, healthier and locally sourced ingredients for 2017. Here’s how they did it. By Rick Hynum


s customers set their minds on getting healthier in the new year, Woodstock’s Pizza, with locations all over California, wants to help. The company has made a big move toward cleaner, healthier ingredients so that pizza lovers “can still rejoice in eating pizza without the guilt.” That means switching to a nitrate-free pepperoni, organic vegetables, cheese and fruits, and organic sauces and dressings. The company also eliminated high-fructose corn syrup from its ingredients list. So how’s it going so far? PMQ talked to Woodstock’s co-owner Laura Ambrose to get the skinny: PMQ: Tell us a little bit about Woodstock’s. What’s the history behind it? ​Ambrose: The company was founded by Chuck Woodstock in 1978 in Corvallis, Oregon. He expanded to California in 1980. Unfortunately, he and his partner were killed in a private plane crash in 1985. Jeff Ambrose, who began as a delivery driver for the company, eventually became president and then bought out the other family members in 2001. He and his management team now own all eight California restaurants.​ March 2017

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As a vegetarian, Woodstock’s co-owner Laura Ambrose is sensitive to the health concerns of her customers.

PMQ: You’ve got some interesting menu items with great names, such as the Grateful Veg and the Sriracha-cha. Who develops these signature pies, and what are your top sellers? ​Ambrose: Our Grateful Veg has been around since the beginning and is definitely a top seller, especially with our signature wheat crust. Most of our new pizzas and sides come from our own employees, including the Sriracha-cha, the Kickin’ Carnitas, the Buffalo Bird, etc. We have also run contests with our Facebook fans to encourage their submissions for new pizza ideas.​ PMQ: You recently updated your menu to include healthier ingredients. What was the motivation for that? Were you getting a lot of questions and special requests from your customers? ​Ambrose: We definitely listen to our customers, both in the store and via social media. To begin with, we have always had a policy that our customers could bring in any ingredient to add to their pizzas if we don’t have that ingre-

dient in stock. The only exception here is that we decided not to add marijuana to customer pizzas, even though it has been brought in and requested several times. It could create a contact high for everyone in the restaurant! [As customers brought in their own favorite ingredients] we started to see that we needed to add Daiya cheese for our vegan guests. ​When we started getting requests for gluten-free pizza, we tried dozens of different crust options, most of which tasted terrible! Finally we found one (made off-site, since we make our flour dough on-site each day) that has earned hundreds of rave reviews.​ A little dough spinning adds to the high-energy atmosphere at Woodstock’s Pizza.

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can. The new menus that we’re rolling out for 2017 have coding for gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. We have changed our pepperoni and sausage to nitrate-free. By the way, no one seems to care about low-fat anymore.

Woodstock’s food prices went up after it switched to more nitrate-free and organic ingredients, but higher prices haven’t hurt its sales.

PMQ: Tell us about some of the healthier ingredients you’re using now. What’s in, and what’s out? Ambrose: We believe pizza can be a healthy food option and actually covers all of the major nutrition elements. We have always used premium whole-milk mozzarella on our pizzas (i.e., no fake cheese or fillers). And since the beginning we’ve emphasized fresh veggies and meats. We have had low-fat and gluten-free options for at least 15 years. As a vegetarian myself, I’m sensitive to having options for vegans and organic vegetables whenever we


PMQ: How will using organic and nitrate-free ingredients affect your food costs? Will those costs go up? Ambrose: Our costs have definitely gone up as we strive to offer higher-quality, premium ingredients, especially since we decided we would not change the amount of toppings on our pizzas in an effort to control costs. We are one of the highest-priced pizza restaurants in our towns, and that comes with some anxiety, but so far we’ve found that it hasn’t hurt our sales at all. PMQ: Did you have any trouble sourcing these healthier ingredients? Ambrose: Yes, it isn’t easy to find these ingredients. We’ve been fortunate to have a supplier (Saladino’s) that’s willing

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to work with us ​to find what we need. With the volume we do in our eight restaurants, we’re able to convince them to add items. We often attend trade shows to find companies that produce the high-quality ingredients we’re looking for. PMQ: As for the gluten-free offering, how challenging was it to develop a crust with the right taste, texture and baking qualities? Ambrose: ​As I said, we work with an outside company to source our gluten-free crusts. Finding a crust we really liked, one that worked with lots of toppings and cooked well in our ovens, was very challenging. I’m really glad that the sales rep for our distributor was insistent that I try this one, because, honestly, I was done with tastetesting gluten-free that tasted like cardboard. Ours are really good, with a garlic infusion—they’re so good that we have customers who don’t need gluten-free say they prefer this crust.​

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L Woodstock’s has a “continuous pipeline of new pizza and side ideas,” thanks to its creative and engaged employees.

PMQ: With these new ingredients and crusts, will you be adding new signature pizzas to your menu? ​Ambrose: Yes! We have a continuous pipeline of new pizza and side ideas, thanks to our creative employees. We have also employed a professional chef from time to time, especially to fine-tune some of our flavor profiles. We especially like seasonal options, using fresh ingredients with a limited time frame. We’re fortunate that all of our restaurants are in California, where we have a continuous supply of locally sourced fresh ingredients.​We also hope to work more closely with some of the agriculture programs at nearby universities.​

PMQ: In our annual Pizza Power Report (December 2016), we recommended that our readers do exactly what you’re doing—look into healthier, cleaner, more organic ingredients. As someone who has gone through this process yourself, was it harder or easier than you expected it to be? What was the toughest challenge or obstacle to overcome? ​Ambrose: I won’t lie—it’s not easy. I’m actually amazed how often we still see MSG, nitrates, high-fructose corn syrup, etc. in topping options. We ask right away when we look at new sources. The other challenge is finding a consistent, reliable source that can produce the volume we need. That’s been the toughest part with identifying locally sourced ingredients at the community level. Many of the small farms are blown away when we tell them how much we need of a specific ingredient. Our Santa Barbara store actually does a farmer’s-market pizza each week, and I appreciate the lengths our manager there goes to in sourcing what he needs for that pizza. I’d like to see this implemented at all of our stores. But when we say we offer a specific product, we don’t want to add “while supplies last.​” That’s frustrating to customers. This is a constant challenge, and one that we will continue to pursue, since our goal has always been to offer truly amazing pizzas. Rick Hynum is PMQ’s editor-in-chief.


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2017 World Pizza Championships Parma, Italy | May 5-12, 2017 Join the U.S. Pizza Team on their quest to bring home the Gold! The U.S. Pizza Team will be returning to the World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy, and we want you to join us! Pizzaiolos with both culinary and acrobatic skills are wanted to help the team bring home some gold from the food valley of Italy. All PMQ Subscribers and friends are invited to accompany us as well - everyone is welcome!

After team member Jamie Culliton won gold in Freestyle Acrobatics in 2016, the team is looking to add to our wall of fame. Will you be the next gold medalist?

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POWER HOUSES Drive-thru pizza service has its share of logistical challenges, but it has proven a winning format for today’s on-the-go customers. By Tracy Morin


hile pizzerias have relied on delivery for decades, they’re not often associated with drive-thru service, a market dominated by other types of fast-food fare. Market research company NPD Group reported in 2012 that 12.4 billion visits were made to drive-thrus in the previous year, but most pizzerias shun the option altogether due to the daunting logistics. However, operators with drivethru pizza shops are changing the game, one location at a time—and many are finding success with a combination of technology, staff training, smart marketing and streamlined service. We tapped their expert tips for how to be successful within this challenging foodservice format.


EXPLOITING A NICHE Operators of successful drive-thru pizzerias have something in common: They noted a gaping hole in the industry. Aaron Souza, owner of Mad Dash Pizza in Chico, California, couldn’t find anything similar when he wrote his business plan nine years ago. “We thought drive-thru would be great for pizza,” he recalls. “In my mind, it wasn’t offered because of technology—drive-thru needs a fastserve product—and maybe even laziness. Pizza was also


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traditionally a group meal, so it dawned on me to do personal pizzas, since a one-size product helps with efficiency and quickness.” Bob and Sharon Rybak, who run My Pizzetta in North Royalton, Ohio, with their son, Paul, were inspired by quick-cooking wood-fired pies during visits to Italy and had the idea of opening a drive-thru—but they found few pizza-based precedents. “We searched for another place that was strictly drive-thru and couldn’t really find one, so we spent a couple of years working out the logistics,” Paul Rybak says. “Opening with this brand-new concept was a big risk, but people love the product and the convenience.” Dino Pavoni, owner of Simply Slices, with two locations in Crestwood and Burbank, Illinois, had been running a 99-cent slice business when he noticed long lines at a nearby McDonald’s in 1988, and inspiration struck. “I wanted to revolutionize the pizza and fast-food industries,


With only 1,000 square feet of space, Dino Pavoni’s Simply Slices entices patrons with customizable slices and pies, value-driven combo deals and an eye-catching logo.

pioneering a new way for people to look at pizza in that market,” Pavoni recalls. “We decided to do drive-thru pizza by the slice with a small dining area.” Pavoni recreated the McDonald’s model with pizza, breadsticks and shaved ice and by 1998 had opened up the first drive-thru Simply Slices in Crestwood. “Where was pizza, the most popular food in the country, in the fast-food market?” he asks. “People can call in and pick up a pizza, but they can’t go to a drive-thru and customize a fresh order in minutes, with an attractive price point and high-quality product. I used to offer delivery, but now my customers are doing the driving!” Besides customer convenience, drive-thrus offer additional benefits, including small footprints. Simply Slices spans 1,000 square feet, staffed by two to three employees. Both Mad Dash and My Pizzetta, which are drive-thru only, take up a mere 600 square feet and, with low rent, have established themselves as pint-size powerhouses.

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“I used to offer delivery, but now my customers are doing the driving.” — D I N O PAV O N I , S I M P LY S L I C E S

UNIQUE CHALLENGES When the Rybaks opened My Pizzetta in December 2013, finding the right equipment proved a challenge, but the family painstakingly crafted the menu and the kitchen’s design for maximum efficiency. A gas-fired brick oven bakes made-to-order pies in 90 seconds for an overall service time of three to four minutes. “Opening a drivethru is a lot more challenging than you would think,” Paul Rybak notes. “It’s a great idea, and it can work, but it has to be fresh and on-point. And it’s something that people aren’t accustomed to, so you have to train both customers and staff.” Souza designed his shop’s layout to maximize the customer experience and employee efficiency and tinkered with ovens to quickly bake fresh-dough pies. “Initially I purchased par-baked dough, because oven manufacturers told me I couldn’t cook raw dough that fast,” he recalls. “It took a long time to work out the technology side, then figure out how to make the right dough—we had

nothing to copy at the time.” Souza believes drive-thru customers won’t wait more than 10 minutes, so he uses multiple ovens to cook pies to order in two minutes and has created a streamlined process, from order taking and pie assembly to processing payment. “We get the pizza made in 30 seconds and cook it in a couple of minutes while the other employees get drinks ready and cash out customers,” Souza says. “You have to make sure there are no bottlenecks.” With experience, Mad Dash has whittled average service time down to three to six minutes. Pavoni says quick service is essential to reprogramming customers accustomed to sailing through a Burger King drive-thru on their lunch break. “It’s an education process that takes months of patience,” he admits. “It’s critical that your service times stay down and quality stays consistent.” Fast-casual outlets are helping educate consumers, too, showing that they can get customized pizza, fast. “You have to convince the consumer that it can be done,” Souza says. “That was one of the biggest challenges, but it now has the potential to be less of a challenge as consumers get more comfortable with personalized pizzas.” But customers still need to learn that drive-thru fare doesn’t have to be low-quality and mass-produced. Souza says his customers “freaked out” over the high quality of his pizza. “They already had a perception of what to expect from a drive-thru,” he notes. “They were used to a pizza taking



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20 minutes to cook or, if it was fast, they expected it’d be sitting under heat lamps. One thing I hear to this day is that customers just didn’t trust us at first. They thought it couldn’t be quality because it’s quick and drive-thru. We had to prove them wrong.”



SECRETS OF SUCCESS Great locations, jazzy logos and well-placed signage are all important for drive-thru locations. “Your signage is going to market you,” Pavoni says. “I did radio, print and direct mail, but nine out of 10 customers say they just saw our sign on the street. You need a logo that attracts people’s attention—then you need to have a quality product.” A location on one of the highest-traffic corners in town, next to a popular coffee drive-thru, also helped increase visibility for Mad Dash. Its “California cool” vibe, with a colorful logo and design, helped attract early customers, from whom Souza solicited feedback for the first couple of years to perfect his concept. After opening, he focused on speed but soon realized customers were more interested in quality, which changed everything from marketing to

Streamlined assembly and a wood-fired oven help keep service times at a minimum for on-the-go drive-thru customers at My Pizzetta.

menu boards (for example, he decided to push premium pizzas). He keeps the menu simple, constantly evaluating the most popular orders to determine the images pictured on his menu board. “The entirety of the concept has to work, from location, branding and messaging to product quality, customer service and menu boards,” he says.

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Mad Dash’s “California cool” design, premium personal pies and fast, convenient service have led to 20% to 30% year-overyear growth in a 600-square-foot space.


Media coverage helped My Pizzetta take off, Rybak says. Within six months of opening, a local news station profiled the unique concept on TV, spurring visitors from up to 50 miles away. “We explain to customers what we do—make everything fresh in-store—and are very transparent about our product,” he says. “Our Facebook page explains what’s in our products, and they know we’re making everything to order. We even invite customers into the kitchen to show them the process.” Menu simplicity is important for operational efficiency, but customers still demand variety. Simply Slices offers customizable full pies and slices (including a gluten-free crust), appetizers and combo deals, like two slices and a drink. My Pizzetta offers three crusts (including glutenfree), nine sauces and dozens of cheese, meat and veggie toppings—all arranged with a number system that allows regular customers to quickly call out their go-to faves. And, with the kinks worked out, operators find that word-of-mouth has been crucial. Souza, after a tough first year, now enjoys 20% to 30% year-over-year growth. Both Pavoni and Souza are fielding calls from interested franchisees and looking to expand further. My Pizzetta, meanwhile, stays involved with local schools and has

marketed on radio, in print, with Groupon and on local grocery store carts, but the best advertisement has come through face-to-face contact. “Being in a smaller place, you have to put yourself out there,” Rybak says. “We’d make small pizzas and take them to local businesses, which helped build our base. We ask first-time customers how they heard about us, and a lot of our new business comes from word-of-mouth.” By all accounts, drive-thru formats are fraught with challenges, but inventive operators are cashing in on this calculated risk. “If someone’s going to do a drivethru, they have to commit and look at it with fresh eyes, because it’s such a different beast,” Souza concludes. “At McDonald’s or Burger King, customers know what they’re getting—but a pizza place with this concept has to prove itself every day.” Tracy Morin is PMQ’s senior copy editor.


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Where We've Been

PMQ’s Pizzamobile is alw ays on a mission to unco ver new moneymaking milestone events in the ideas and document pizza industry. If we ha ve n’t been to your town yet, time. Learn more abou it’s only a matter of t where the PMQ staff has been and look out for where we’re headed next.

Liz Barrett tested several menu items at Pizza Jerk in Portland.

The first three toppings are free when you build your own pizza at Vinny McGuire’s.

PIZZA JERK | PORTLAND, OR On a family tour down the West Coast, PMQ’s Liz Barrett made a pit stop at Pizza Jerk, which markets itself as a Connecticut-style pizzeria. Knowing this could be her only chance to try some of the menu favorites, Barrett ordered the pizza fries, a thin-style Supreme and a thick pepperoni cast-iron pie. Only later did she discover that Pizza Jerk, where customers order at the counter and hope there’s a table available, is co-owned by Tommy Habetz, who has worked with the likes of Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Paola di Mauro, which may explain the pizzeria’s immense popularity and tasty food.

VINNY MCGUIRE’S PIZZA | DESTIN, FL Celebrating her birthday on the Gulf Coast, Barrett and her husband visited local favorite Vinny McGuire’s Pizza, which lets customers create their own pizza via a notepad with choices ranging from size to sauce to deliciously heavy-handed toppings. Entering the cozy, uber-kitschy Italian eatery, Barrett immediately noted thousands of guest-signed one-dollar bills hanging from the ceiling. Turns out the tradition started with nearby McGuire’s Irish Pub, where more than $1 million hangs from the ceiling and walls. Yes, thieves have tried to rob the joint, but it proved difficult to pass bills with writing all over them.

BREWCADIA | COLUMBUS, OH We sent our resident joystick junkie, Daniel Lee Perea, to talk with General Manager Jason Fabian about pixels, pints and pies at Brewcadia. After 25 years of serving the Short North neighborhood, Barley’s Brewing Company cleared out its second-story “junk room” to expand into a second concept last March, jumping into Columbus’ exploding arcade bar scene. Complementing the 40 craft beers on tap, Brewcadia features pizzas named after classic video games, such as the Moon Patrol Margherita and the DK Supreme (for those with a Donkey Kong-sized appetite). Perea will also spotlight Brewcadia on his own website,

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Where We're Going

THE NIGHTCLUB & BAR SHOW | LAS VEGAS PMQ will exhibit at one of the hospitality industry’s most exciting events, the Nightclub & Bar Show, to be held March 27 through 29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Six hundred suppliers will fill the exhibit hall space, while keynote speakers include Neil Moffitt, CEO of the Hakkasan Group; Lee Cockerell, executive vice president of Walt Disney World Resort; and Thomas Maas, founder and master blender of Agave Loco. Check us out at Booth 163 and come join the fun!

HIDEAWAY PIZZA | OKLAHOMA Founded in Stillwater in 1957, Pizza Hall of Fame member Hideaway Pizza built a groovy rep with its fleet of hippie-fied Volkswagen Bug delivery vehicles in the mid-60s, a gimmick that lasted for nearly 30 years. Now with 18 locations, Hideaway will be a can’t-miss stop for the PMQ crew as we travel west in late March. We’ve heard good things about the Big Country, made with kielbasa sausage, beef, pepperoni and Canadian bacon, and the Boz, a signature pie inspired by Oklahoma football legend Brian Bosworth and featuring pepperoni, sausage, jalapeño, bacon and red bell peppers.

DION’S | ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. With 23 locations in three states, Dion’s has the second-highest average sales per unit of any pizza chain in America. So what are they doing right? We’re going to find out during our westward journey this month. We do know Dion’s was named the state’s Most Admired Company by the New Mexico Private 100 in 2015. We also know the chain burns through more than 322,000 pounds of New Mexico green chiles a year. And we love its kooky, stylized website graphics and commitment to local causes, such as the Food Depot, Project Angel Heart and Meals on Wheels.

PMQ will exhibit at booth no. 163 at this year’s Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas. During our trip out west, we’ll pay visits to Hideaway Pizza in Oklahoma and Dion’s in Albuquerque.

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Reporting international trends, events and cultural etiquette from around the world By Missy Green

Moscow Scrocchiarella, a Pizza Restaurant Based On a Flour Mix, Opens in Russia Two Russian families opened a Moscow pizzeria last year that takes its name from a brand of flour mix called Scrocchiarella, which is derived from scrocchiare, the Italian word for “crunch.” Italmill developed the special combination of flour and dehydrated mother dough that’s said to let pizza makers produce a light, crunchy, Roman-style pan pizza in mere hours instead of days. The Sidorov and Fedorov families opened Scrocchiarella in March 2016. “You can’t find pizza with this kind of quality in Moscow,” says Evgenia Fedorova, the company’s head of marketing. The product’s quality and uniqueness convinced the family to create a pizzeria around the Scrocchiarella product and to become a point-of-sale for the Italian flour company as well as a training space for pizza making. Although using a mix saves time, producing the perfect Scrocchiarella pizza is no easy task. Tiziano Casillo, head of the pizza division at Italmill, says he requires those who purchase Scrocchiarella to undergo special training to use the product before Italmill will sell it to them. As a result, Casillo spends much of his time on the road, holding workshops at distributor locations and trade shows with his translator, Oxana Bokta. This type of pizzeria is one-of-a-kind and a welcome change to Moscow, says Fedorova. “Family businesses are rare in Russia. [The government] demands a lot of taxes and documents to prove inheritance rights, but we’re very happy working together. My brother is the pastry chef, while my mom is the cook, and my dad, who is now a grandfather, stays at home and takes care of the children and dogs. So we all help out. We hope this project will thrive.” 90

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Seoul, South Korea New York-Style Pizza Joint Makes a Big Splash in South Korea When Korean-American Eugene Kim moved to South Korea, he had no clue he was about to go into the pizza business. Born and raised in New York, Kim moved to South Korea to teach English, but he found himself longing for the authentic pizza he grew up on, yet couldn’t find in his new country. So he took on the challenge to learn everything he could about pizza and finally opened Gino’s New York Pizza in Itaewon, an increasingly affluent hotspot for Western cuisine. Kim aimed to get as close to the New York-style pizza experience as possible. “I worked relentlessly on my dough recipe and food menu items until they were authentic and nostalgic of my childhood eating at restaurants in New York,” he says. “I import all my own flour and tomatoes from the States and use only imported cheese and pepperoni. I pushed a very strong New York concept and designed the interior as such, and we carry products that are local to New York, such as Snapple, Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint Brewery craft beers.” The store, which opened in December 2014, is now booming with expats, hipsters and American military personnel stationed nearby, plus a huge Korean demographic. “I have not spent a single dollar on marketing and solely used the power of social media and cross-marketing collaborations with other expat restaurant owners,” Kim notes. Examples of crossmarketing include a promotion with Sixpoint Brewery and Jarritos Korea that gave free drinks for following Gino’s Instagram and Facebook page. Gino’s has worked with local food and culture organizations to promote authentic Western flavors to South Koreans. The pizzeria has also collaborated and cross-marketed with other restaurants to create new signature pies, boosting each restaurant’s brand power. Recently, Gino’s was featured on a nationally famous TV show called Wednesday Food Talk (수요미식회). The very next day, hundreds of Koreans lined up for hours to grab a seat at Gino’s and taste the pizza. Kim also counts a recently opened slice concept among his successes. Want to learn more? You can watch a three-part mini-documentary highlighting Kim’s visits to leading pizzerias in New York with Scott Wiener of Scott’s Pizza Tours. The documentary can be found on Gino’s Facebook page and on the Shooter Bright Facebook page.

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f you’re one of the thousands of pizzerias that sells pizza by the slice, the Pizza Tong may be the perfect addition to your store. This new pizza utensil helps your staff easily comply with health regulations while leaving a great impression on your customers. The Pizza Tong was created by John Scavo, owner of Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta in New Jersey. Scavo has over 45 years of experience in the pizza industry and created the Pizza Tong because he saw there was a need for it. “Everyone I demonstrated the Pizza Tong for in my area has already bought half a dozen,” says Scavo.

Impress Your Customers and the Board of Health “The road to the Pizza Tong began when we got a bad review on Yelp,” Scavo recalls. “An employee had touched a customer’s pizza slice with their hand on their way to warming it up. Now, even though it was a cold slice that afterwards went into a 500˚ oven, it gave the customer a negative experience, which reflected poorly on our brand. I have always been an advocate of avoiding direct contact with the pizza even when it’s cold, but after this incident I saw there was

real demand for a solution to this problem.” The Pizza Tong is made of heavy-grade stainless steel and measures 12¾” long by 5¾” wide. What makes it unique is that it acts as both a spatula and a pair of tongs in one utensil. It’s ideal for taking hot pizzas out of the oven with its heat-resistant handle. The tong component allows you to grip the pizza firmly, avoiding slippage, while the spatula underneath acts as a support, providing a flawless serving experience each time.

Reducing Waste “I’ve been in a lot of places that had white plastic spatulas that get dirty, end up looking filthy and have to be thrown away,” says Scavo. “The Pizza Tong is dishwasher-safe, so you can use it over and over again.” With the Pizza Tong, your staff won’t have to worry about putting on or changing gloves. Reducing the use of gloves in your slice service can save time and money while still complying with health codes. To find out more or to get your hands on this hands-free utensil, go to and order online today, or call John Scavo at 908-507-7557.

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PIZZA HALL OF FAME Husband-and-wife workaholics Frank Martino and Angela Martino, shown here in the late ’60s and early ’70s, were constant fixtures at Martino’s Italian Villa. At 81, Angela still works in the business daily, crafting old-fashioned Italian fare from scratch.

Martino’s Italian Villa Without a quarter to spare and turned away by the banks, a pair of Indiana lovebirds with six kids still managed to build a restaurant that would become an institution in Kokomo. By Tracy Morin




ittle did Angela Martino know that Frank, her neighbor and brother’s best friend in Italy, would become her husband years later, well after both had landed Stateside. Or that he’d whisk her from the East Coast to Kokomo, Indiana, where in April 1962 they’d start a small donut shop, shortorder restaurant and pizzeria with a $1,000 bank loan when they found it tough to pay the bills on a single salary. “We didn’t have an extra quarter for bus fare and got turned down by two or three banks,” recalls Angela, who owns Martino’s Italian Villa with her son, Michael. “We were young, and they didn’t think we’d make it.” Still living paycheck to paycheck, Frank initially worked in the steel mills at night, while Angela handled bookkeeping and raised six kids, who all helped out in the restaurant. By serving up food like Mama used to make—sausage, dough, meatballs,

bread and sauces made from scratch, hand-grated mozzarella—word-ofmouth soon spread about the little shop that served customers top-notch fare with a smile. “Our menu started off limited as we introduced people to different varieties of Italian food,” Angela notes. “We didn’t have any experience and started from square one, experimenting with our recipes. We had to really prove ourselves.” Their hard work paid off: The couple expanded to a restaurant and lounge, growing from 20 seats to 125, and finally nearly 300, in just 10 years, serving Italian specialties alongside American favorites. Frank passed away in the mid-2000s, but now Angela’s grandson, Anthony, helps out, handling modern technology like social media, while Angela, at 81 years old, remains in the business every day with Michael, who joined full-time after college, in 1982. “We all work together to make

sure it’s done right,” Angela says. “It’s a family affair, and our customers are part of the family, too.” Over the years, the Martinos have racked up a slew of “best of” awards and even earned the key to the city for their community involvement (including sponsoring a local Little League team for the last 48 years), while Angela has been lauded as female trailblazer of the year. But overcoming challenges through sheer persistence has been the real key to their longevity. “It’s about determination, because we’ve had rough times—recessions, new competition, factories closing in our area—but we stuck it out and worked hard,” Angela says. “You have to face challenges, go on and never give up. If you want something, you have to work hard. I haven’t found any other way to do it.”








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