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Scot Cosentino winning Worlds Best Pizza for the Original Goodfellas Hylan Blvd. Staten Island NY 300x300 1

Brick Oven Pizza Success Story

Brick Oven Pizza Success StoryHere is another Brick Oven Pizza success story, this time from Florida.

Bob Catoro said ” My place in Florida is doing great we have a full house almost every night”. We also get fantastic reviews from the local newspapers regularly . I really never thought that I would be this successful. Honestly I didn’t know a thing about pizza before I met you guys at the pizza school.   I can’t say enough and I know I could not have done it with out them! They truly care and go out of their way to help people succeed . Andrew and Scot are incredible they helped me with everything i needed to get started from lay out to equipment and recipes!”

The Goodfella's Pizza School Goodfella’s Pizza School of NY

The Goodfella’s Pizza School of NY has been training successful Pizza makers from all over the world including state and world champions. Those same Champions swear by the the incredible high production, consistency and ease of operation from the Inferno series Revolving Brick Ovens from the NY Brick Oven Co.     

Why is there so much success?  First a and foremost, The crew from the New York Brick oven Company and the the Goodfella’s Pizza School of NY have decades of experience in all aspects of the pizza world.  From winning the World’s Best Pizza Title several times to owning and operating pizza restaurants around the country. Add to that incredible experience the fact they have personally consulted hundreds of restaurants helping owners Walk the path to Brick Oven Pizza Success!

Brick Oven Pizza Success Story       Why The Revolving Oven Helps Create Success

Ovens that create a consistent product at a very high rate of production without needing skilled labor are the key to success these days.  With the current lack of a SKILLED  labor  for the restaurant business it is now easier to train a person  to produce  a quality brick oven pizza.

Now you have a winning combination great pizza ovens and the best personal one on one training in the industry with world champion pizza makers.

 

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Quatro Stagione from NY Brick Oven Co at Goodfellas on Hylan

Top 5 ways to succeed in the pizza industry.

There are several areas that are key to success and while all these areas are important any one is not the end all and be all to a successful formula. I’m sure you can think of that local chain that has the worst pizza in town and yet you see their delivery vehicles everywhere you go.
My own personal mystery was a pizza place in Brooklyn that was run by a guy with no personality that I am sure inspired the soup Nazi years later with his disrespect and rudeness to his customers. Aside from the pizza makers smoking while they made pizza, he would tell you to eat the unburnt part of the pie if you dared to complain.
How about the places that are so far off the beaten path you need a guide to find them or better yet they have no name on the joint? You can’t make this stuff up but it gives one hope that there is room for all of us to succeed.
I want to qualify this as my own personal opinion from working with, knowing and visiting with hundreds of pizza men and women all over the country. By no means is this THE BIBLE OF PIZZA or to be taken as law but it will give you a pretty good idea of what to concern yourself with if your new to the game, stale or in deep trouble.

  1. Location, Location, Location-the best way is to be the only game in town or be in a tourist location where there are no other options available or the ones available are of no consequence due to being very expensive or a different and specialized category like a fish house.  Some the most successful places specialized in malls, theme parks, schools, military bases or small town USA.

 

  1. Make the best pizza known to man or there about. If you are making a really top notch product people will find you and not only that, people will talk. Word of mouth is the best advertising it has been said. The reason for this is that people will trust the opinion of friends and family over silly unfounded claims of the best pizza in town and such advertised in the local paper.

 

  1. Be unique. Examples of this are everywhere but they may not seem apparent. Like making a Chicago pie where there never was one, having a wood burning brick oven, using insects as a topping or having a pizza drive through like OL Jose’s in Pineville West Virginia where they are using a revolving brick oven.

 

  1. Be a social maniac. Take pride in being part of your community. Before there was social media, there were social men and women. These wonderful people actually cared about the people they met and considered customers as friends to share joys and sorrows with. One very moving example of this is when people would come to Goodfella’s Pizza in Staten Island on their way home from work in the days after 911 just to get out of the house and be with people who cared in a friendly and safe environment. There are many examples I can think of; like the guy who coaches the local little league, the girl who hosts local heroes with pizza parties, the place that supports boy scouts, the place that sponsors Special Olympics or the guys that collect donations for slices to feed the homeless. There are so many ways to build good will in a community and give back while earning respect and loyalty that I could write a book about it but you get the idea.

 

  1. Service. Run a tight ship that gives service and shows genuine care for the customer’s experience. I don’t know about you but when I am ignored, the host is not pleasant, the server acts like he is doing me a favor, the table is dirty when I am seated or my unfamiliarity with ordering and the menu is treated with impatience, you have lost me, and more importantly, any future income my patronage may have brought. This may seem like a given but if you are not on top of this and setting a good example for your crew it will never happen. A little thing like a smile or help and directions can go a long way in building a relationship with your customers. One terrible example I won’t forget was having my little daughter with me in a new town when she had to use a bathroom so we walked into a place and we were treated so rudely I swore I would never visit that place. I understand the old “Bathrooms are for paying customers” routine but sometimes being human and having discretion can earn you a great deal of loyalty. In other words, if it isn’t costing you anything to be kind-always be kind. Believe it or not but this also includes salesmen wasting your time. Those salesmen are not only people but potential customers with family and friends that also eat.

While no list will guarantee your success, if you follow these points your odds will greatly be increased and if you earnestly follow point 5 you will contribute to a better world by treating your fellow citizens with courtesy. Happy pizza my friend and best wishes.

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Why You Should Consider Rotating Brick Ovens

Why You Should Consider Rotating Brick Ovens

 

 

There’s nothing quite like running a successful pizzeria that keeps your customers happy. It’s no question that fast-casual and wood-fired authentic pizza is becoming more popular. As popularity increases, so does demand. This goes for pizza restaurants throughout the country. Today, we’re going to tell you why you need to consider rotating pizza ovens for your business. 

Reliability 

This is a big one. As more and more people come to your restaurant, demand grows. To match demand, you need to increase output. Even with the best pizza-making staff, mistakes happen. As the orders come in, the stress increases. 

A rotating pizza oven takes care of one of the most important parts of baking a pizza—rotating. Instead of having to turn the pizza manually, the stone spins with your masterpiece on top. This allows for even cooking and increased productivity. 

Productivity 

As the rotating pizza ovens do their work, you get to focus on serving your customers. Pizza makers can prepare ingredients, clean, and interact with customers instead. There’s nothing more important than taking care of your customers. With a rotating pizza oven, you can focus on continuing to be a world-class pizza maker. There’s no reason why the quality of your product should suffer. Increased business requires increased productivity, quality, and maintenance. 

Peace of Mind With Rotating Pizza Ovens

Lastly, rotating pizza ovens bring you peace of mind that traditional ovens don’t. When things get slammed, at least you know your pizzas are being cooked the best way they can. If a pizza isn’t rotated regularly, it won’t cook evenly. Thnk of the rotating pizza oven as your quality assurance manager, if you will. These ovens focus on producing the same quality product you’ve always made. So, now you can focus on everything else that goes into managing your restaurant. 

Check Out Our Rotating Pizza Ovens

Rotating brick ovens are one of the biggest revolutions in pizza making. For good reason, too! With the increased quality and speed of production, you can take your restaurant to the next level.

Look. We know there are tons of choices out there for pizza ovens. Let us show you some of our rotating pizza ovens here. The Fireshow Series is the only gas-fired back-lit rotating oven on the market. Additionally, Our Inferno Series ovens can burn wood with gas temperature control. With innovation like that, how can you not take a peek

Have questions for us? Reach out today, and we can help you with all your pizza oven needs! We also have a top-notch pizza school taught by the leading experts on all things pizza. The Pizza School of New York Call Today 

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Best Pizza Peel

The Best Pizza Peel

At New York Brick Oven, we all love pizza! If you’re reading today’s post, we’re willing to bet that you do, too. There’s nothing like cooking a great pizza in your pizza oven, but there’s something that is one of the most frustrating parts of cooking pizza—getting it in and out of the oven. Today, we’re going to show you our pick for the best pizza peel you can get.

Pizza Peel Materials

So, you’re on the hunt for a great pizza peel that allows you to smoothly transfer your pizzas from the oven to the table or vice versa. One of the most common issues people have when doing this is sticking. Pizza dough is naturally elastic and sticky, so it makes sense that you want a surface that doesn’t stick to and tear up your masterpiece.

GOOD: Metal

Metal pizza peels are a popular choice for many pizza lovers. After all, metal peels are easy to clean and thin. The thickness of a peel is critical to its effectiveness. If it’s too thick, you won’t be able to get it under the pizza easily, or it could rip a hole in the bottom of the dough. There’s a fine balance of skill and material when it comes to transferring pizzas. Metal peels are good for turning. If you do opt for a metal pizza peel, make sure you thoroughly dust it with cornmeal to prevent sticking. This will help you remove the pizza and rotate it as it cooks in the oven.

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BEST: Wood

At New York Brick, we think that wood is the best pizza peel material. Wood peels aren’t sticky like metal peels, and cleaning them is different. When you clean a wood peel, you need to scrape off the debris and stuck-on cheese or dough. Once that’s all off, take a small amount of olive oil and oil the wood. Think of a wood pizza peel like a cast-iron skillet. Never clean a wood peel with soap and water. The soap and water can strip the wood of its natural finish and can ruin the flavor of your pizzas. No one likes a soapy pizza. The olive oil helps seal in the flavor of the peel and will only get better with age.

[Our Pick For Best Pizza Peel]

We’ve Got Professional Kits And Ovens

At New York Brick, we specialize in offering the best pizza ovens and tools for professional pizza making. You might be wondering if we have our own pizza peels. You bet! Click this link to check out our professional deluxe pizza toolset.

If you’re looking to step up your pizza-making game, you should also look at our custom pizza ovens. We can provide you with any type of pizza oven for your home or business.

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3 Essential Pizza Making Tools You Need

Essential Pizza-Making Tools You Need

Who doesn’t love pizza? We know we do! Sometimes, making pizza can be difficult. We’re here for you to help make it a little easier on you. We’re going to cover the  essential pizza-making tools that every pizza maker should have. 

 

The Tools

 Pizza Peels Metal 

When it comes to making, baking, and serving pizza, there is one tool that has to be there. It’s a pizza peel. The pizza peel is a critical tool for any serious pizza maker and should make the list. A wood pizza peel is the most traditional peel material, but you can also use a metal one. The only issue with a metal peel is that dough tends to stick to them more. Metal is easier to clean, but wood is more forgiving, so the decision is up to you, and it depends on what you want from your peel. Many traditional Italian places in Italy use the metal peel to pick up the pizza but the skill involved is a little more then the avg. employee  can handle in the Sates. That is why we tent to stick with the floured wooden peel.  For Great Peel Check Out The Bakers Board  Custom Wooden Pizza Peels

Pizza Prep Station. Lets Face it you need a great station to keep temperature. As a pizza professional for most of my life now. I really like working on a spacious counter made of marble or solid steel. It’s smooth cool and easy to clean as compared to the standard plastic counter tops   

Amazing Pizza Cutters . This is defiantly a tool and should be your pizza mans favorite something heavy duty and something he will love and take pride in cutting each pie I love a true Italian heavy duty cutter  . They really take it serious in Italy.

 

 

 

                     

 

 

 

 

                   

Brick Ovens For Pizza Trailers

The Revolving Brick Oven   An oven that can produce hundreds of pizza an hour and save you money on labor.  It’s the oven for those who want to be the best and not depend on unskilled labor to cook perfect pizza ! Wood Or Gas Prefect Baking When Your Series About Pizza Making

New York Brick Ovens 85 Bistro Series

Wood Gas Revolving Brick Oven. Custom Tiles

 

 

 

 

 

The Dough Mixer

Now that’s a matter of preference If your making American style brick oven pizza you want to stick with old faithful Hobart ! The Hobart mixers are an industry staple some mixers are still going after 100 years. But Honestly we have ours for 30 years, used daily and is 60 years old amazing. So a rebuilt easy to fix work horse is the ticket  that will out last any other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reach Out To The Pizza Experts!

Hopefully, these essential pizza-making tools make creating pizza art easier for you! At New York Brick Oven, we are here for you! We’re the pizza experts, and we even have a pizza school where you can learn everything there is to know about making delicious pizza!

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World’s Best Pizza Secret

Slug: Pizza / Staten Island, NY– 10/22/2013 : A survey of pizza establishments on Staten Island. Here: Goodfella's Quatro Cantone pie has 4 toppings: alla vodka, smoking Goodfella, Sally pie (lemon chicken) , and margarita NYTCredit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Slug: Pizza / Staten Island, NY– 10/22/2013 : A survey of pizza establishments on Staten Island. Here: Goodfella’s Quatro Cantone pie has 4 toppings: alla vodka, smoking Goodfella, Sally pie (lemon chicken) , and margarita NYTCredit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Pizza Secret, what is the secret to making the “World’s Best Pizza”. Well, I have been lucky enough to be part of the Goodfella’s Brick oven Pizza crew for over 25 years and I think I finally understand the pizza secret. As Sally Russo used to say “It’s love, love of what you do”. That may seem silly but in the long run, pizza is a very basic food that has an infinite number of combinations, variables, and possibilities. Once you have mastered the ability to make the dough, roll the dough, stretch the dough, and bake the dough in an oven(which requires practice to develop the skill) then you can start assembling the ingredients to begin your own personal pizza journey. Many people are not aware of the fact that it requires the same amount of time to make a good pizza as it does to make a bad pizza. What I mean by this is that you can get good ingredients or bad, you can mix and assemble those ingredients correctly or not, then you can bake your pizza evenly at the correct temperature or not. Seems simple enough but you would be surprised. Once people start skimping on quality ingredients it’s all over. A good cheese or flour may be a little more expensive but that is the cost of making a good pie. Actually checking precise measurements and dough temperatures will determine both taste and consistency. This is the only true Pizza SECRET I have ever learned: You have to be consistent! Always! You do it correctly every day, you follow the correct procedure and recipes every day. You mix, prep and store your dough the same way every day. You use the same ingredients from reputable sources. This is the only secret. You don’t skimp on quality, you don’t shortcut time in letting the dough rise. You bake your pies the same way every time. This is your secret to success. Anybody can make one pizza hat is great but it takes a team of dedicated individual all working in coordination to produce a consistent pizza that you can be proud of. The pizza secret begins with food ordering and storage to the preparation and portioning and then to cooking. It is a progression with each step completely dependent on each prior step to achieve the result. Everybody in the line depends on everybody else. Your vendors are a key part of your success too and should be made aware that their success is based on your success so that they too have a vested interest in making sure you always get a fresh consistent delivery and this includes the delivery time also. There is nothing worse than coming in on a hot day and finding your dairy products have been sitting out in the hot sun for hours or conversely on a freezing day your produce has become a solid block. Then of course, there is the inopportune delivery times such as during the Friday rush when you don’t even have enough time to check it all in much less check quality and quantity against your order. All these things add up to the secret of great pizza so get busy and be consistent in delivering a great product and you will be that much closer to the “secret”.

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