Tuscaloosa Pizzeria Makes Headlines Every Year With Its Annual Eating Contest
PMQ Pizza Magazine
by Rick Hynum
5h ago
Supporters of the United Way of West Alabama can raise money for the organization simply by eating all the pizza their bellies can hold at Heat Pizza Bar in Tuscaloosa on June 18. Heat Pizza Bar, a favorite with the University of Alabama crowd, has turned the annual pizza-eating contest into a grand affair over the years. The event draws professional competitive eaters as well as locals and other contestants from across the region. Each competitor attempts to gobble down the most pizza for a United Way partner agency, such as Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Big Brothers Big S ..read more
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Transform Pizza Ordering with Custom AI Solutions
PMQ Pizza Magazine
by Olivia Schuster
5h ago
Resolve common staffing challenges with consistency and accuracy.  Sponsored by PizzaCloud Ali Ghassabian is the head of IT at Pizza Guys, a growing pizza franchise with 90 locations. Ali experienced terrible labor problems. No matter how much he paid or who he hired, he could not get enough people to answer the phone. Often, employees provide poor customer service, get orders wrong, or fail to upsell items. Ghassabian decided to implement AI orders. After talking to multiple companies, he realized none worked effectively for pizza restaurants or were priced way too high. This led him to ..read more
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Stop Paying a Premium Price For Counterfeit Olive Oil 
PMQ Pizza Magazine
by Olivia Schuster
5h ago
How to navigate an industry of deceptive labels.  Sponsored by Columbus Vegetable Oils Olive oil is a staple ingredient in traditional Italian cuisine, including pizza. It brings a unique and rich flavor profile to crusts, sauces, and toppings. Its fruity, slightly peppery taste can enhance the overall flavor of the pizza. Highlighting olive oil in pizza recipes can be a selling point for pizza restaurants, especially for customers who appreciate quality ingredients and authentic flavors.  One of the main issues pizza operators run into with authentic extra virgin olive oil is price ..read more
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Was Gordon Ramsay Trying to Make Italians Angry With This Pizza Recipe Video?
PMQ Pizza Magazine
by Rick Hynum
16h ago
When Gordon Ramsay makes a breakfast pizza, he makes it his way: with baked beans and black pudding, of course. At least, that was the case when the celebrity chef recently posted a YouTube cooking video shot with some pizza-making buddies in Cardiff, Wales. “Baked beans on a pizza,” Ramsay said as he was pressing out the dough. “They’re gonna ban us in Italy.” Laughing, he added, “If it works, it could be a staple here in North Wales. Baked beans on a pizza!” Pizza purists almost certainly cocked their eyebrows—and perhaps gaped in abject horror—as they watched Ramsay prepare his English br ..read more
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Seattle-Based Tutta Bella Crafts a Vibrant New Cocktail to Celebrate Pride Month
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by Rick Hynum
16h ago
Seattle-based Tutta Bella wants customers to paint the town rainbow as they raise a glass to love, diversity and inclusivity next month. In honor of Pride Month in June, Tutta Bella has crafted the Lavender Pride cocktail, a vibrant libation featuring vodka, limoncello, violette, lemon juice, a prosecco float and silver glitter. It will sell for $12. For every Lavender Pride cocktail sold at Tutta Bella’s five locations next month, the brand will donate $1 to Seattle Pride, a non-profit organization that produces the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Seattle Pride in the P ..read more
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Dodo Pizza’s AI-Powered ‘Flavor Generator’ Creates a Whole New App Experience
PMQ Pizza Magazine
by Rick Hynum
16h ago
When PMQ first introduced Fedor Ovchinnikov to the U.S. pizza industry in June 2015, we suggested that he “might be the Steve Jobs of pizza.” The founder of Dodo Pizza, a tech-forward global chain that launched in Syktyvkar, Russia, in 2011, Ovchinnikov, as we wrote at the time, is “a shrewd innovator with a knack for pulling talented people into his orbit—and motivating them to rewrite the rules.” One of those talented people is Alena Tikhova, who brought Dodo Pizza to the U.S. as a franchisee in Oxford, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee, then briefly left the brand to serve as vice preside ..read more
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How an Anonymous Blogger Turned Into the Face of Northeastern P.A. Pizza
PMQ Pizza Magazine
by Charlie Pogacar
1d ago
For years, Jim Mirabelli wrote anonymous pizzeria reviews on his website, NEPA Pizza Review, in relative obscurity. As he began to gain some traction—gaining maybe 1,000 followers, he estimated—he heard a common refrain: his followers wanted video reviews.  This was about the last thing Mirabelli wanted to do. A business administrator in a public school district, he’d been enjoying the low-stakes passion project of writing about local pizzerias, helping promote small businesses one review at a time. You might say he was the opposite of camera thirsty.  Peel: A PMQ Pizza Podcast · Ep ..read more
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Sell and Relax: These Investors Make Retirement Easier for Veteran Pizzaioli
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by Rick Hynum
5d ago
The pizza life takes a lot out of you, and the industry keeps posing new challenges every year, from higher staffing and food costs to unhinged online reviews and new technologies that can be downright bewildering to an old-school operator. After decades of slinging dough, it just might be time to retire. But closing shop will break your heart, and selling it requires a level of business expertise that many independent operators lack. Fortunately, if you’ve built a strong reputation in the Long Island, New York area, run a smooth and savvy operation, and have a customer base that would hate t ..read more
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After 12 Mind-Blowing Years, Pizza Brain, the World’s Only Pizza Museum, Is Closing
PMQ Pizza Magazine
by Rick Hynum
6d ago
A leaky roof and landlord problems will soon close down the world’s only pizzeria/pizza museum, Pizza Brain in Philadelphia, after 12 years in business. Founded by Michael Carter, Joe Hunter, Ryan Anderson and Brian Dwyer, Pizza Brain has been blowing minds in Philly’s Fishtown neighborhood since 2012. It’s a most peculiar hybrid: part neighborhood pizza joint centered around Hunter’s inventive thin-crust pies with names like Buffy, Ollie and Henrietta, and part museum showcasing pizza-related artwork, photos, memorabilia, collectibles, books, records, toys, antiques and va ..read more
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Tony Gemignani and Beto Guajardo Named Top Executives in the Fast-Casual Segment
PMQ Pizza Magazine
by Rick Hynum
6d ago
Fast Casual has named Tony Gemignani, founder of the rapidly expanding Slice House by Tony Gemignani concept, and Beto Guajardo, CEO of Blaze Pizza, among its Top 25 Executives in the fast-casual restaurant industry for 2024. They were the only two pizza company leaders featured in the annual list. Gemignani and Guajardo and their brands are featured in this month’s 2024 Fast Casual Top Movers & Shakers list. Gemignani has been riding a wave of success this year, which also saw the release of his new book, The Pursuit of Pizza: Recipes from the World Pizza Champi ..read more
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