Proteins take menu, marketing spotlight despite historically high costs

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The trend is largely driven by millennials, who look at price value differently; they want it to be worth what they pay and they’re not willing to compromise on taste.

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Wheat, cheese prices jump as gas falls

Pizza shares, wheat, cheese on the rise

How one concept is leveraging the demand for more heat

Mazzio’s added a jalapeno stuffed crust pizza to its new menu platform.

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.

Wheat prices spike nearly 50 cents in a week

Gas prices starting to fall after spring peak.

Patxi's takes a cue from customers to mark 10 years

Pizza concepts have added variety and have stepped up their quality of ingredients, CEO says.

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.

How to save money through topping portion control

Consultant Dave Ostrander started turning a profit when he began measuring and weighing every pizza topping.

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.

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Papa John's adds Fritos and chili to pizzas

Papa John's has partnered with PepsiCo's Fritos corn chips to create the new Fritos Chili Pizza. The limited time product is available through Nov. 23.

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...

Old Chicago Pizza donates to children's cardiology research

This month Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is donating $1 from every Chicago 7 and Meat Me specialty pizzas ordered after 3 p.m. to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska to fund cardiology research.

Pizza 73 tops new pie with mini meatballs

Western Canada-based Pizza 73 has introduced a new Mini-Meatball Mania Pizza, topped with red onions and mini meatballs. "It is important for us to constantly develop innovative new products to provide our customers with a variety of menu options," CMO...

Nancy's Pizza creates Ditka-inspired pizza

To celebrate National Pizza Month, Nancy's Pizza has extended its collaboration with spokesperson and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka to launch the new Da Ditka Pizza. Da Ditka Pizza includes cheese, meatballs, pepperoni, onions and green peppers. "National Pizza...

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 John's launches Ultimate Meats Pizza

Papa John's has launched its new Ultimate Meats Pizza. It is available for a limited time now through Oct.

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...

Pizza Inn rolls out Stromboli-inspired offering

Pizza Inn has added Pepperoni Twists to the menu. The company said in a news release that the new offerings are "Stromboli-like" and are made by wrapping Italian dough around a blend of pepperoni and mozzarella and are sprinkled with...

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,...

Pizza Hut testing lower-calorie pizza

Last week, menu analyst Nancy Kruse said one of the hottest marketing buzzwords in the restaurant industry is "skinny." Brands such as Sbarro and Cheesecake Factory have leveraged this trend with their respective Skinny Slice and Skinnylicious offerings. Now it...

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.

Yogurt entrepreneur launches Alabama pizza chain

Yogurt Mountain founder David Kahn is expected to debut his latest venture, Pizza 120, in the next few days, according to Alabama Media Group. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama restaurant is a build-your-own-pizza chain. In the coming weeks two more locations are slated to open in the state.

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.

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Be they pepperoni, sausage, olives or anchovies, toppings make every pizza unique. Pizza toppings add taste and texture and often become signature items that distinguish one pizza brand from another.