One of the most beloved foods around the world, hands down, is pizza. The entire world craves this famous dish that originated from Italy. There is no denying that people love going out to eat. Nowadays with as many people that don’t have time to cook, more and more are starting to eat out. This have left a big avenue open for the pizza industry. This great dish can feed sometimes 6-8 people at one time and leaves an outlet for those wanting to get creative with their culinary expertise.
There are at least three types of pizza restaurants that can be broken down into either quick service, mid-scale, or upscale. The quick service type pizza place or by the slice type shops cuts down considerably on the customer’s waiting time. Quick service pizza shops have pre-cooked pizza on display so the customers won’t have to wait for the pizza to cook. This is the least expensive among all pizza shops since it requires the least space.
Mid-scale pizza shops offer the casual dining experience at an affordable price. This type of pizza parlor bridges the gap between quick service pizza shops and a fine dining pizzeria. The dining patrons can choose from a more versatile menu as compared to the quick service pizza shop. Customers place their pizza order at the counter and get their food at their table. The service is usually a lot longer and the pizza ingredients is always considered fresh and cooked to perfection.
No matter which type of pizza restaurant you choose to start, each restaurant has their advantages: speed, family-oriented, or fine dining. Chances are that each customer has probably gone out to each type in their lifetime. Now that you know what your options are, it’s time that you learned what types of restaurant equipment you need to get started.
Pizza ovens are a necessity in any pizza establishment. Counter top pizza ovens and conveyor pizza ovens are usually the fastest means of cooking your pizza. Conveyor pizza ovens cook the pizza evenly and usually in six minutes or less. This is the type you will generally see at most quick service type pizza restaurants. With these ovens, the uncooked pizza will travel on a conveyor belt and pass through the oven. This oven is usually heated by either electric coils or by gas fueled flames and will come out the other end of the conveyor as a freshly made pizza pie.
The counter top pizza ovens get the incredible bake of an authentic deck oven. These ovens are equipped with a baking stone for that great pizza taste. This type of oven is great for cooking smaller, more compact pizzas. These size pizzas usually range anywhere from 10”-12” in diameter.
Another great asset to have in a pizza restaurant is a pizza baking stone. These stones help evenly distribute oven heat to pizzas or other baked goods. They have more thermal mass than metal or glass pans. An alternative to pizza stones are Pizza Pleezers. These pleezers are a nice alternative to a pizza stone if you are wanting to give that crisp taste you would come to expect from a pizza stone when baked in a pizza oven.
Other small wares that are a necessity for any pizza restaurant are pizza cutters, pizza peels, rolling pins, dough dockers (these are used to roll over the dough and increase the overall fluffiness of the pizza dough), and pizza pans to serve your pizzas on.
If you plan on making deliveries with your pizza establishment, delivery bags and pizza box dispensers are always a good choice to have. The pizza box dispensers give you a good opportunity for holding your pizza boxes and keeping them organized.
A few tips to remember when running a pizza business is to only get the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Another good tip to remember is to always remember to have a passion for the cuisine and enjoy dealing with your customers. One of your main responsibilities is to act as a host to your patrons.
You will be tasked to manage the full operation of your shop. Among your many duties are bookkeeping and administrative tasks, complying with local and state government regulations, developing menus, managing your employees, marketing and promoting your pizza shop, purchasing supplies and food stock, etc.
Above all else, remember that your end goal is to serve great food and service. These two aspects are essential to your success. If your customers are pleased with your food and service, they will surely return to your pizza shop for more.
This is just a few good tips to remember when starting your own pizza business. We here at J.E.S. Restaurant Equipment have everything you need to get your pizza restaurant up and running.
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