Poll: Customers love Blaze, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Krispy Kreme

The 30th annual Harris Poll's EquiTrend Study around the strongest U.S. brands this year dubs a handful of restaurant brands as being closest to Americans' hearts when it comes to overall familiarity, quality and consideration for purchasing.

NBA star, restaurateur open 800 Degrees luxe location in NYC

800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen has opened at 1 East 33rd St., in New York City. Mario Zeniou, who formerly oversaw business at Estiatorio Milos in Midtown, and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, own the unit, a news release said. To amp...

Boston's gets 'Appy' with weekday customers

Boston's Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar is apt to haul in higher happy hour tabs and bigger weeknight crowds, with its new weekday "Appy Hour" offerings, a news release said. The promotion features a menu of half-sized edibles including: Risotto...

Blaze's new pie boasts built-in heat source

Blaze Pizza customers are getting "burned" in a good way with the brand's new Hot Link Signature Pizza, featuring house-made spicy red sauce. The offering is basically a punched-up version of the traditional sausage pizza, a news release said.  The brand debuts the Hot Link on Sept.

Your Pie LTO combines 2 late summer favorites in 1 pie

Your Pie is tapping into the late summer early fall favorites of barbecue and macaroni and cheese for its latest LTO, the BBQ Mac 'N Cheese Pie, available through Oct. 3, a news release said.

Cicis buffet adds pies, baked pasta

Cicis has added a pair of pan pizzas to its buffet with crusts that are first baked, then pan fried, a news release said.

Pupatella opens 2nd Richmond, Virginia location

Pupatella Neapolitan pizzeria is expanding its Virginia presence, with Franchisee Zeeshan Kaba signing a lease for his second Pupatella location on West Broad Street in Glen Allen, a news release said. The location should open this fall. "Pupatella has had...

Chicagoland pizza academy offers 5-day pizzaiolo certification

The North American Pizza & Culinary Academy has opened a teaching facility outside Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, where students of varied skill levels can earn a certified pizzaiolo designation. The five-day course is among just two in the U.S.

Top food trends now: The 'women' have spoken

The women have spoken, and they have some interesting ideas about where food is going in the years ahead. Les Dames d'Escoffier International — 2,300 women leaders in the food, fine beverage and hospitality professions — have created a report...

Hunt Brothers brings back chicken bacon ranch pizza

Hunt Brothers is bringing one of its' big sellers back as an LTO beginning this week. The brand's Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza is returning for its fourth year for as long as supplies last, a news release said. This original...

Boston's Pizza welcomes 'swimsuit season' with light pizza

Boston's Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar has launched its summer menu featuring three lighter pizzas with thin crusts, including the Skinny Carnivore, Potato Bianca and Pizza Bella, a news release said. Skinny Carnivore features salami, aged prosciutto, Tabasco-sriracha sauce along...

Domino's crowns 1st Canadian 'Fastest Pizza Maker'

How fast can you get a pizza in the oven? Well, at one Canadian Domino's Pizza, if franchise owner Werner Lomker is on the "make" desk for the day, you can get that pizza prepped and oven-ready in19 seconds. We...

Pizza Hut turns 60, celebrates milestones with LTO

To celebrate its 60th birthday, Pizza Hut has introduced an LTO called the Double Cheesy Crust Pan pizza — in honor of its stuffed crust and original pan pizzas — by baking a ring of cheese just inside the brand's...

What pizza restaurateurs should know about frozen pie market

The popularity of retail pizza chains is helping frozen pizza sales, according to a new report from Allied Market Research. The study, which investigated the growth of the frozen pizza market growth, found that global rises in disposable income and...

Rapid Fired April LTO a trifecta of American flavor favs

Rapid Fired Pizza has managed to unite the three American food obsessions of bacon, macaroni and cheese and pizza into one concoction for its April LTO. The Mac Daddy pizza takes the customer's choice of crust, adds macaroni and cheese,...

Little Caesars new LTO is really full of itself

Little Caesars new LTO goes by the heady name of "ExtraMostBestest stuffed crust pizza" and has more than 3 feet of cheese stuffed inside with more cheese and pepperoni on top. The $9 LTO is betting on America's well-established love...

Blaze 'brings it on home' for CEO Mizes in the Gateway City

Blaze 'brings it on home' for CEO Mizes in the Gateway City

In a real-life version of "hometown boy makes good," Blaze Pizza President and CEO Jim Mizes is getting his wish this Friday, March 9, when the fast-growing brand will open a location in his hometown of St. Louis.

Rotolo's pizzeria goes beyond the pie for spring LTOs

Baton Rouge-based pizzeria Rotolo's has added five nonpizza LTOs to its offerings to address everything from vegetarians and weight watchers to the poultry passionate and meat eaters. The seasonal items, available through May 6, include salad, chicken and sandwich options....

Oggi's Sports Brewhouse Pizza adds 4 flatbreads

Oggi's Sports Brewhouse Pizza has launched a new selection of seasonal flatbreads, ranging from a breakfast-themed variation to a dessert offering, a news release said. New flatbread options and suggested beer pairings include Feeling Eggcellent!, a garlic olive oil-brushed flatbread...

Pizza Hut boards the value train

Promising a pretty thrifty meal on the cusp of the Super Bowl, Pizza Hut is latching on to the value trend by introducing a two-topping medium pizza for $5.99, a news release said. The chain said that accessing the deal...

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