Most restaurant dishes can only be as good as the ingredients used to make them. But with pizza, the pizza equipment is equally as important, influencing the way a pizza cooks, the texture of the crust, and the melt of the cheese. Pizza supply can help any restaurant offering pizza and/or focaccia on the menu, but for pizzerias, having the right pizza equipment is critical to the success of the business. By knowing the many types of pizza equipment options on the market, pizzeria owners and managers can make better choices about which equipment to purchase to best help their venue.
Pizza Equipment Options
There are many types of pizza equipment out there, and not all are mandatory, even for pizzerias. Knowing the options available can help those starting a business plan well, and those already running a pizzeria to improve.
- Pizza Ovens- Brick ovens are often thought to produce the best quality pizza. However, they are a huge investment, and other high quality pizza ovens are available which are typically smaller and keep in heat better than a brick oven, preventing the kitchen temperature from getting intolerable. Businesses with an open kitchen, however, may want to invest in an impressive brick oven,
Frying, searing and browning, in sauté pans, are cooking methods used on meats, fish, poultry, and vegetables. The cooking method makes the most of the maillard reaction, adding a dark, relatively crispy outer layer to the ingredients used. The aim is to quickly cook the ingredients, usually while adding flavor, without allowing them to get soggy from being crowded or cooking too slowly. As with pots, sheet pans, and almost any other piece of kitchen equipment, the type of material and weight of the sauté pan used affects the resulting dishes. By purchasing the right types of saucepans, cooks can prepare the best dishes possible with their ingredients by cooking on the stove.
The material that a sauce pan should be made of depends on the dish being prepared. For example, omelets are easiest to prepare in a nonstick pan, since they need to be cooked delicately and flipped halfway through cooking. Meats, fish, and poultry should be prepared on a grill pan or a relatively nonstick pan, since they need heat transfer to be even, and the ingredient needs to be flipped during the cooking on the stove. Stir fry is simplified
Coffee snobs will settle for nothing less than the freshest, richest, highest quality coffee drinks possible. Be it espresso or cappuccino, avid coffee fans will be able to tell right away whether they are being served great quality coffee. When it comes to making the ideal coffee drink, though the coffee beans and freshness of the grind are major determining factors for the outcome of the drink, how to make the best coffee also depends on the coffee machine being used. For businesses, a machine that applies high pressure and adequate heat, and quickly and efficiently produces cups of coffee, will be the best. The pressure and heat allow maximum flavor, aromas, and chemical components, to be extracted from the ground beans. There are many different ways to brew coffee with different tastes.
A percolator is a system that applies high heat to push hot water through grinds. It may also recirculate water through beans that have already been used. This can lead to over-extraction of flavor, leading to a full, rich aroma, but, according to some critics, a less flavorful cup of coffee. By carefully regulating the brewing process and temperatures, the negative aspects of using a percolator can be eliminated and prevented.
Many home coffee brewers swear by replacing typical coffee machines with a French press. The coffee and hot water are added in a pitcher and left to steep for a few minutes. A strainer is then lowered, pressing the grinds to the bottom of the pitcher, and allowing the liquid to be poured out. Using a French press allows the coffee beans to release maximum natural oil and flavors, by steeping them from the beginning of the brewing process, unlike drip coffee.
Drip coffee is the most common coffee brewing system in diner restaurants and most home coffee machines. Coffee grinds are packed down into a filter, and hot water drips through the grinds and filter and into a pot. A drip coffee machine is a quick, convenient way to brew multiple cups of coffee at once, but is rarely considered the best way to brew coffee. Nevertheless, it is one of the most affordable and easy ways for restaurants and food businesses to prepare and serve coffee.
Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee has been shown to prevent depression, help with weight loss, reduce risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and improve cognitive function. However, coffee contains cafestol, a chemical which stimulates LDL cholesterol levels. When using filtered or instant coffee, most of the cafestol gets caught in the filter. However, in French press, and boiled coffee, there are higher cafestol levels, so those watching their cholesterol may prefer to opt for the filtered and instant coffees. At the end of the day, the best type of coffee depends on personal preferences. For businesses, espresso machines provide the best quality coffee drinks and drip coffee brewing systems provide the highest quantities, quickly. Most customers will probably prefer to order a higher quality coffee, so restaurants selling coffee per cup should seriously consider purchasing an espresso machine. For diners that serve coffee with free refills, drip coffee is the most economical and time-friendly way to make coffee.
There is a lot to offer in terms of the best restaurants in the US. In fact, many of the top US restaurants have captured slots in lists of the best restaurants around the world. The list of famous restaurants in the US with notable food is exhaustive, so to construct this list, we looked at representative top US restaurants in different areas of the country. Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, and Daniel Humm are just a few chefs of gourmet restaurants that have earned James Beard awards, Michelin stars, and international recognition. Their restaurants are definitely worth being noticed by every culinary enthusiast, whether a professional cook, home chef, or avid diner.
The French Laundry ( Yountville, California)
Almost every foodie has heard of The French Laundry, chef Thomas Keller’s restaurant presenting French culinary techniques with modern American twists. The restaurant has become a regular member of lists of top US restaurants and restaurants around the world. The French Laundry has also earned Thomas Keller multiple awards including various James Beard foundation awards. If skeptics are suspicious about the validity of the three Michelin stars rating and comments of culinary critics around the world, who claim that The French Laundry is a top contender or the best restaurant in the world, social media has demolished all doubt. The French Laundry has consistently been rated with four or five stars, out of five, on multiple social media and travel advice platforms such as trip advisor, yelp, Google, and UrbanSpoon. Though there are many other extremely notable California chefs and restaurants, The French Laundry has come
Selecting the Best Pots and Pans
Selecting the best stock pot based on considerations of heat transfer and the material’s interactions with foods, can improve the ease of cooking and the quality of the product. Similar to choosing a cutting board, stock pots can have a significant effect on efficiency of execution of tasks in the kitchen. Stock pots should be tall and rather narrow, allowing the contents to be reduced by evaporation, but very slowly. Having a small surface area available for evaporation in a narrow pot, compared to a wide one, will give the liquid time to take on all the flavors of the ingredients, while slowly becoming more concentrated during evaporation. Having pots and pans, in general, that can quickly and evenly distribute heat will cut down cooking time and help ensure that the ingredient is cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, the top materials for heat distribution can leave undesired tastes and chemically alter some ingredients, especially acidic ingredients. Investing in quality stock pots for soups, sauces, and stocks, will make cooking on the stove the best and easiest cooking method it can be.
The Aluminum Stock Pot
An aluminum stock pot is great for heat transfer and an inexpensive option for cooking on the stove. The lightweight material enables most workers to comfortably move around and maneuver the pot, even
The Factors to Consider
Cutting board material can effect chef and cook performance, kitchen bacteria levels, and knife efficiency. A hard cutting board will get less grooves, harboring less bacteria, but tend to wear down knife sharpness. Just like with pizza pans, materials used for different purposes in the kitchen can impact the outcomes. With cutting boards, cutting board bacteria is the most important factor to take into account when selecting a material. The gentleness on knives and comfort of use are also important considerations. Plastic, wooden, bamboo, and glass cutting boards each have advantages and disadvantages.
Wooden Cutting Boards
Wooden cutting boards are arguably the best option for cutting board material. They tend to be soft on knives and relatively sanitary. Though with time, cutting will cause significant wear and the board will have to be replaced, this is not such a downside, since for purposes of preventing kitchen bacteria, boards must be switched on a semi-regular basis anyways. The wood that the board is made of can vary as well. A bamboo cutting board (not technically wood), has a similar feel to wooden cutting boards, but tends to be harder on knives. Since bamboo is a harder material than most wooden cutting boards, it scars less easily, lasting longer and minimizing nests for bacteria, while taking a toll on knife sharpness. Both bamboo and wooden cutting boards are great options for cutting board material.
Plastic Cutting Board
Plastic cutting boards are extremely comfortable to use. They can be easily washed and dried within seconds, whereas wooden cutting boards tend to retain water and therefore must be aired out well on a cutting board rack in between uses. A plastic cutting board tends to be harder on knives than wooden cutting boards and the scars that
Thin Crust Pizza, Thick Crust Pizza, Deep Dish Pizza, Doughy Pizza, Crispy Pizza…..
Many types of pizza have been adopted as “the best kind of pizza.” It just depends who you ask. New York pizza is famously thin crust pizza, with a slight, but undefined crunch. Chicago-style pizza is usually deep dish pizza. Regardless of geographic-based preferences, all localities must thank Naples, Italy, for the origination of pizza as we know it. Before the dish became popular in Naples, other variation existed earlier, that closely resemble focaccia. However, the Italians receive the credit for the brilliant innovation of adding tomato sauce and cheese to thin bread, creating one of the most popular. There is an unsolvable, ongoing debate as to which type of pizza is the best, though many polls show that New York Pizza takes the win. Unfortunately I cannot offer an answer, as I happen to be a fan of both types, but I can offer advice of the best pizza pan to use to prepare each type of pizza.
Pizza Stones and Cast Iron Pizza Pans
Pizza pans made from different materials will give the crust different textures. Pizza stones can be a risky, but worthwhile, investment. Some of the lower-end stones will make it difficult to achieve a distinct crunch in both thin crust pizza and thick crust pizza. Pizza stones, as well as aluminum pizza pans are great for producing doughy pizzas. This category is where the cast iron pizza pans fall short. This is also their advantage, though. With cast iron pizza pans, you are guaranteed a crispy crust. A similar effect can be achieved with some pizza stones, sometimes by simply cooking the pizza longer.
The Importance of Restaurant Design
There is much more to a successful restaurant than good food. Restaurant design can draw customers interested in a unique atmosphere, as well as a good meal. Restaurant consultants and restaurant designers are great sources of restaurant design ideas that can help put visual concepts into play. They can also provide sound restaurant advice about other components of the business, as an added “bonus.” A great restaurant design does not have to be fancy. Many venues are popular for being minimalistic, such as A-Frame. Restaurant design ideas can be based solely on the architecture, such as City Center Aria Pool Deck, while others provide a clear ambience and all-round experience, such as Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean Restaurant. Restaurant designers know the value of a thought-out and brilliantly planned venue, and can execute restaurant design ideas that will make customers flock to the restaurant, if only for the ambience. Here are some of the businesses with the most interesting restaurant design in the United States.
A-Frame gets its name from its shape. No joke. This restaurant-bar in Culver City, California, offers a minimalistic restaurant design of simple wood, in the shape of a giant A, bearing some resemblance to a camping tent. They offer seating at the bar, picnic-style tables, or on the patio by a bonfire, driving diners to experience a laid-back atmosphere. Their patio dining option adds a social twist to the common patio heater. Similarly, their indoor option offers a communal feel, too. They are known for their house-made infusion drinks, and unpretentious fare, such as “beer-can chicken” and “clam chowder.” The restaurant design ties together the concept the venue
1. Wolfgang Puck
Though the name Wolfgang Puck is now associated with over 70 restaurants, cookbooks, product brands, and catering services, Wolfgang Puck got his start with Spago Restaurant on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. Wolfgang Puck grew up in Austria, where his mother introduced his to cooking. Later on he was a chef apprentice in Monaco and Paris, and moved to the United States at age 24 where he worked at La Tour in Indianapolis before moving to Los Angeles and becoming chef and part-owner at Ma Maison. He published his first cookbook, Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen and soon after opened his first restaurant Spago along with Barbara Lazaroff. Spago has since opened in a few different locations. The Beverly Hills venue is consistently considered one of the top fifty restaurants in the United States. Wolfgang Pucks success and reputation in the culinary arts world shows the infinite possibilities opened up by chef internships and has put him on our list of top California chefs.
2. Alice Waters
Alice Waters not only opened what is considered one of the world’s top 50 best restaurants, she is also an activist for awareness of healthy, organic foods. Though born in New Jersey, her significant career path has taken place mainly in California. Alice Waters completed a French Cultural Studies degree at UC Berkeley. She became involved in the culinary arts while studying abroad in France. During her time abroad, she fell in love with the local produce and fresh ingredients,
The quality of your commercial kitchen equipment greatly influences the quality of your finished products. For professional chefs, knowledge of the various characteristics and technologies behind grills on the market today is imperative to obtain professional results. A few deceptively simple features can enhance your cooking, cut down on your clean-up time, and ensure that your equipment lasts.
The Differences Among a Charbroiler, Grill Top, Griddle, and More
Any practice involving cooking straight over a dry heat source constitutes grilling. A charbroiler uses smoke fueled by burning wood or charcoal in addition to the hot air. Though charbroilers are used most often for steaks and other kinds of meat, poultry, and fish, they also do an excellent job of cooking foods such as pizza and fajitas. Griddles grill or fry food on a dense surface made of metal, and possess such versatility that many restaurant owners consider them indispensible. A professional grill top offers ease of use and saves space. Keep your menu fresh by experimenting with different foods on various kinds of grills to discover opportunities for culinary greatness that you didn’t even know existed.
Features to Seek in a Commercial Grill
When seeking a charcoal grill or any other kind of commercial grill, look for models that boast enhanced energy efficiency capabilities to save on your bills and carbon footprint. Heavy-duty countertop and tabletop grills offer both convenience and performance and use minimal space in your kitchen. If you are purchasing a griddle, try a model featuring sides and a backsplash to protect your work area