2014 on the menu: Specialty pizzas and menu overhauls

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Pizza Hut wasn't the only concept to undergo a massive makeover this year; Sbarro, CiCi's, California Pizza Kitchen and Chuck E. Cheese's also all took a page from the 'Domino's playbook.'

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Pizza Hut announces complete brand, menu overhaul

Changes include new crusts, drizzles, toppings, uniforms, website and more.

The (half) year in review for the pizza segment

Digital ordering should make up more than half of sales for the bigger brands within the next year.

Kono Pizza founders: 'Unique experience will set us apart in the industry'

About 60 percent of customers at Kono's first U.S. location are reoccurring, and the brand has big expansion plans.

Zagat’s best pizzeria is all about the dough

Michael's Pizzeria's managing partner says it's 'an art' to be able to cook dough in high temperatures.

Pizza is now the second-leading gluten-free dish on all menus

On average, independent pizzas are about $2 more than chain pizzas.

Pizza concepts embrace New Year's resolutions with focus on healthier options

Vegan and gluten-free offerings have moved into the spotlight for some concepts.

Pizza experts share crystal ball predictions for 2014

Mobile ordering, carry out/delivery, transparency and customer service are on the agenda.

Pizza executives reflect on the top menu stories of the year

Customization, speed, local and gluten-free were the top buzzwords this year.

A look at the top 2013 pizza menu trends

Deep dish appeared on more menus, and 'healthy-halo' descriptors also increased.

Pizza concepts sweeten things up in October

From Papa John's 8-piece cookie to Mellow Mushroom's sundae with bacon, desserts took center stage last month.

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NEWS


zpizza woos meat lovers with new menu launch

zpizza has added the zCarnivore to its menu, featuring four types of meat - all-natural pepperoni, fennel sausage, smoked ham and bacon – and topped with hand-torn oregano. The zCarnivore pizza is available through February. "The zCarnivore is a craveable taste that's a meat lover's dream," Founder Sid Fanarof said in a news release.

Papa John's new Red Kettle Cookie raises funds for Salvation Army campaign

Papa John's has introduced a Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and The Salvation Army Red Kettle Cookie. A portion of the proceeds from each cookie sold during its limited-time availability will go to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. The Philly Cheesesteak Pizza will be available through Dec.

Blast 825° crowdsources pizza recipes from local charities

Blast 825° has announced the winner of its "People's Choice" award from the brand's recent Roseville, California, grand opening event. The Placer SPCA, one of four local charities that participated in Roseville Blast 825°'s charity build contest, had the winning...

Sbarro adds heat with new 3 Pepper Chicken Pizza

Sbarro is spicing things up with its new limited-time offering – the 3 Pepper Chicken Pizza. The offering includes Poblano pesto, grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and mozzarella cheese. It is available now through Dec.

Crushed Red brings back Urban Harvest Pizza for seasonal promo

St. Louis-based Crushed Red Urban Bake and Chop Shop is bringing back the Urban Harvest Pizza for the cooler season.

Pie Five adds baked potato-inspired toppings to pizza

Pie Five has launched its new Cheddar Bacon Pie-tato, a combination of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, bacon and red skin potatoes on a pan crust and topped with sour cream and chives. "For crying out loud, who turns a baked...

CiCi's overhauls pizza recipe after crowdsourcing effort

CiCi's Pizza has introduced new recipes to its menu at its nearly 500 restaurants nationwide. According to a company release, the new recipes include better ingredients such as 100-percent real cheese, more meat toppings (including 18 more pepperoni slices per...

California Pizza Kitchen adds reality show-inspired Korean Barbecue pizza to menu

Following last week's episode of TNT's new cooking competition series "On the Menu," California Pizza Kitchen has added the winning Korean Barbecue pizza in participating restaurants nationwide. Also, $1 from every sale of the winning pizza will be donated to...

Pizza Patrón brings back 'Mexican-inspired' pizzas

For 13 weeks from October 2, 2014 to January 3, 2015, Pizza Patrón is bringing back the LTO combo,

Papa Murphy's launches thin crust pizzas

Papa Murphy's today announced it has rolled out a new product line of thin crust pizzas, called Gourmet Delite. The collection includes the Angus Steak and Roasted Garlic Pizza and the Spicy Fennel Sausage Pizza, both made on an artisan...

Zpizza rolls out new pizza, kale salad for fall

zpizza has introduced two new items to the menu for the fall season: sausage, wild mushroom, squash pizza and chopped kale salad. Both will be available at participating zpizza locations nationwide for a limited time. According to a news release,...

Pie Five Pizza launches Meatball Ricotta Pie

Pie Five Pizza has introduced its latest limited-time offer – the Meatball Ricotta Pie, featuring a smoked provolone and mozzarella blend, organic marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, Italian-style meatballs and red and green peppers.

Pizzaburger is back at Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar

National casual dining chain Boston's Restaurant and Sports is debuting its nationwide Pizzaburger Sliders campaign today after the success last fall of its original Pizzaburger.

Marco’s Pizza spices things up with two LTOs

Marco's Pizza has introduced two new pizzas for a limited time, available through Oct. 26.

Idaho Pizza joins Healthy Dining's roster

The Idaho Pizza Company has joined Healthy Dining as a restaurant partner. According to a news release, with 15 locations in Idaho, Idaho Pizza features menu options that meet nutrition criteria created by Healthy Dining's registered dietitians. "There will be...

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