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  • Iconic Movie Scenes That Make You Crave Pizza

    Image of a film projectorPizza has been one of America’s favorite foods ever since 1945, when WWII GIs stationed in Italy returned home raving about a new dish they discovered overseas. So, it is little wonder that pizza has earned a starring role in some of America’s favorite movies too. Here are some classic movie scenes that will make you want to fire up the pizza oven!

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

    When teenage stoner Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, orders a pizza in the middle of history class, his teacher, Mr. Hand, is not amused. Mr. Hand invites the other students to have a slice before Spicoli can grab one. Pizza 101: always order enough for everyone—lesson learned!

    Do The Right Thing (1989)

    The setting for this classic movie is a Sal’s Famous Pizzeria in Brooklyn, owned by Italian-American Sal Frangione (Danny Aiello). Tensions rise when a regular customer Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) notices that Sal only hangs pictures of Italian celebrities on his restaurant walls, even though the pizza place is located in a majority black neighborhood.

    Spaceballs (1987)

    In this Mel Brooks-directed spoof on Sci-fi cinema, pizza literally takes a starring role in the character Pizza the Hutt. Voiced by legendary comedian Dom DeLuise, this space gangster is dripping with extra sauce and extra cheese! By the looks of him, you might say that he could use some "dough management equipment" and a few extra minutes in the pizza oven to get himself into better shape.

    Mystic Pizza (1988)

    This cult classic coming-of-age film also takes place in a pizza place located in Mystic, Connecticut. The story follows two Portuguese-American sisters as they navigate life, love, and family. Mystic Pizza was one of Julia Roberts’ early starring roles and marks the film debut of Matt Damon.

    Whether you prefer deep dish, thin crust, fully loaded, or margharita-style, nobody can resist a hot slice right out of the pizza oven. So, gather the family around, pop in a favorite DVD, and dial up your favorite pizza restaurant. Tonight is a great night to enjoy two American favorites that go great together—movies and pizza!

  • Crafting the Perfect Pie: A Few Pizza Pitfalls to Avoid

    Image Of Pepperoni And Sausage Pizza Made With Commercial Kitchen EquipmentWith so many possible toppings, cheeses, sauces, and crust styles, pizza is a versatile customer favorite. In addition to choosing the right commercial pizza oven for the job, restaurant managers should also ensure that the pizza preparation and cooking methods used in their kitchens achieve the best possible results. Here are some common pizza-making pitfalls to avoid before the pie even enters the oven.

    It All Starts With The Crust

    From deep-dish to crispy-thin, a perfect crust is the foundation of good pizza. Dough management is critical, especially when it comes to getting the right thickness. The dough must be thin enough to cook thoroughly and evenly and thick enough to handle the weight of all the cheese and toppings. The last thing diners want is a pizza falling apart or full of holes.

    Your commercial pizza oven also needs to be heated to the proper temperature before the pie goes inside. Dough cooked at too low a temperature will come out soft and soggy, and even the best toppings and specialty sauces won't save a mushy crust.

    Toppings, Toppings, Toppings

    Some customers are content with classic pepperoni or plain cheese pizzas, but getting creative with toppings is a great way for your restaurant to show creative flair. Whether a pie's getting one topping or twenty, avoid the temptation to overload. Moderation is essential for evenly cooked, sturdy slices. Meats, cheeses, veggies, and other toppings should be used in reasonable amounts and spread evenly across the pizza's surface.

    Another mistake made with toppings is forgetting to precook them as needed. While many ingredients will cook up just fine during baking in a commercial pizza oven, meats and heartier vegetables should be cooked ahead of time to ensure safety and tenderness.

    Not So Fast!

    A pizza isn't like a cold sandwich or salad—it takes a while to prepare. One of the most common mistakes in the industry is not giving the pie enough time to cook or set properly. Even once a pizza appears "done" in the oven, a few more minutes of cooking are usually needed to prevent mushy spots in the crust and undercooked toppings.

    If you have dine-in customers, it may be a good idea to give the pizza a few minutes to cool and set. Many restaurants opt to use industrial warmers to make sure that delivery and pick-up orders stay hot as long as possible.

    The right techniques, quality ingredients, and a commercial pizza oven go a long way toward creating the perfect pie.

  • The Top Five Restaurant Conventions for 2017

    Business owners who use restaurant equipment and dough management equipment must stay apprised of new technology that can improve operations. Restaurateurs can get up-to-date information at the top conventions coming up in 2017.

    The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York

    Also known as the NY Restaurant Show, this large-scale event is scheduled for March 5-7, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY. Drawing more than 16,000 professionals each year, it promises an extensive display of products and services, all highlighting the latest trends and the most cutting-edge technology. Vendors offer information, training, business strategies, and ideas for new operational solutions for restaurant equipment.

    Midwest Foodservice Expo

    Focused on innovation in the food service industry, this event will be held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI on March 13-15, 2017. This event is a trade show, educational conference, and networking opportunity all in one. From finding out where to buy commercial kitchen supplies to learning about restaurant marketing best practices, attendees can gain a wealth of information.

    The International Pizza Expo

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    The team from Northern Pizza Equipment never misses this prestigious gathering for all things pizza-related. Taking place on March 27-30, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, guests can hear from celebrity restaurateur keynote speakers, compete in international pizza making competitions, and attend seminars on pizzeria management best practices.

    National Restaurant Association Show 2017

    Happening on May 20-23, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, this event commands a presence by anyone who is serious about the restaurant industry. Free education sessions and culinary demonstrations will ensure that everyone who attends has a full grasp of the latest culinary trends. Guests will also gain access to industry thought-leaders and exclusive networking events.

    Bar 17

    Held in tandem with the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, the Bar 17 event offers professionals a platform to learn about everything in connection with the beverage industry. From tastings to educational seminars, this event is a great option for business owners with both a bar and restaurant.

    63rd Summer Fancy Food Show

    The Javits Convention Center is also the venue for this seasonal show, held on June 25-27, 2017. Restaurateurs involved with specialty food and beverage service won't want to miss this event. Vendors will be offering an extensive array of new food and beverage products.

    For business owners, attending an industry-specific convention can grant access to the newest innovations in restaurant equipment, technology, and marketing.

  • How to Dress up Your Restaurant for the Holidays Without Going Overboard

    Photo Of A Simple Holiday Table Setup - Northern Pizza Equipment Inc.With the holidays just around the corner, many restaurants are entering their busiest season. Capitalizing on the mood of the season is a good way to draw customers into your restaurant. Decorations can even make working more enjoyable for the employees, not to mention that the decorating process serves as a great bonding activity. Here are some tips to spice up your restaurant's atmosphere without going overboard.

    1) Play to your strengths

    A food display of holiday-themed dishes, such as egg nog drinks or seasonal cookies, is great at a cafe or family restaurant. However, they may look out of place on a high-end menu. Try to anticipate your customer's expectations and make appropriate tweaks.

    2) Less is more

    No need to spend money on specialty restaurant equipment! Themed napkins or a small holiday centerpiece is more than enough for most dining tables. Folding in always seasonal music is also a subtle way to make a big difference without spending too much.

    3) Work with what you have already

    Getting new holiday decorations is a good excuse to look at your existing decor and to get rid of items that do not reflect your desired aesthetic. When it comes time to take down your holiday decorations, you'll be left with a slimmed-down, modern look.

    4) Go natural

    This is harder to do with a food display, as it may get stale, but if you can pull it off, go for it! Otherwise, a fresh pine tree or holiday wreath spreads a low-key, natural smell and feeling.

    5) Jazz up the restaurant equipment

    Give your chefs, waiters, and hosts some room to enjoy the holiday season too. Your staff will not only appreciate it but so will your customers!

    Photo Credit: Richard Wood

  • Small in Size, Big in Productivity: Taking a Mom and Pop Pizzeria to the Next Level

    Photo Of A Pizza Fresh Out Of A Pizza Oven - Northern Pizza Equipment Inc.Small, local mom-and-pop style restaurants are often packed with authentic flavor and charming style, but they might not be reaching their potential when it comes to marketing or productivity. A few key reliable pieces of commercial kitchen equipment can have tremendous impacts on production levels. And the right decor and marketing can draw customers in and turn them into loyal regulars. These tips will help elevate a low-key pizzeria to keep up with franchise competition.

    First Step: Oven

    No pizza restaurant can run without a top-notch oven. A commercial pizza oven needs to reach the temperatures necessary for the type of pizza that's being served. For example, a brick oven is authentic and leaves a hint of charred taste, but can be difficult to clean. A deck oven, convection oven, and conveyor oven all have different benefits and drawbacks, depending on the type of pizza being made.

    A Streamlined Process

    Every step in making a pizza needs to be simple and clearly defined for workers in order to maintain a consistent product. Prep tables with a cabinet for each ingredient make dressing the pizza much easier. A dual-rail table with space for ingredients at the same work table cuts down on precious space and time. All of these features can be customized to the space of the kitchen to improve efficiency.

    Find Affordable Equipment

    No business wants to start in a deficit after buying tons of new equipment. Refurbished commercial kitchen equipment from a reliable and trusted source, including remanufactured ovens, work just as well as new ones but at a discounted price. And if something breaks down, it can often be fixed, which is more convenient than purchasing a new system, installing it, and retraining employees.

    Personalized Service

    At the end of the day, customers want to support local, small businesses and escape big chain restaurants. Letting the local personality show through in decoration, menu items, and specialties will keep the customers returning. Printed menus or pizza boxes with a company logo can improve a small pizza company's brand identity.

    If these features can be combined with quick service and delicious food produced by top-notch commercial kitchen equipment, business will explode.

    Photo Credit: Nick Amoscato

  • Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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