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    World’s Best Restaurant Designs

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

    When it comes to eating out, part of the fun is experiencing a restaurant’s design. Most buildings have unique styles that differentiate them. While restaurant design might not be as important as food or service, it can still be a reason to dine somewhere. This list includes a few of the world’s best restaurants when it comes to design and architecture.

     

    H.R. Giger Museum Bar – Gruyeres, Switzerland

     

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    Walking into the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is like walking into another universe. Designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger, the bar features vertebrae-esque skeletal structures that are reminiscent of the 1979 film “Alien.” There are two different Giger bars, both of which are located in Switzerland. The roof, walls, chairs, and fittings all adhere to the skeletal style. In 2014, there were rumors of a Giger Bar coming to the United States. But so far nothing has become of them.

     

    AMMO Restaurant – Hong Kong, China

     

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    This innovative restaurant was designed by Joyce Wang of Wang Studios. Taking inspiration from the 1965 film Alphaville, Wang made heavy use of copper as a reference to the site’s history as an explosives compound in the 19th century. The restaurant’s bizarre location only adds to its allure. While it’s technically in the city of Hong Kong, AMMO is found down a narrow path and is surrounded by jungle-like greenery.  

     

    Le Pain Francais Restaurant – Gothernburg, Sweden

     

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    There are several Le Pain Francais bakeries throughout Gothenburg, Sweden. But there is only one Le Pain Fraincais Restaurant. Designed by Stylt Trampoli, the luxurious restaurant looks more like a fine museum than a place for dinner. Ornate decorations adorn the walls and hang from the ceilings. Bold furniture combines style with comfort. And since different parts of the restaurant have their own looks, Le Pain Francais is a locale that rewards repeat visits.   

     

    Auriga Restaurant – Mumbai, India

     

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    Built in 2013 by architect Sanjay Puri, the Auriga restaurant utilizes a web of aluminum fins both inside and outside the building. Its abstract designs are even backlit to add an extra visual flare. Auriga restaurant is situated on the top floor, while the bottom floor is home to a nightclub. The restaurant portion has angular planes of wood strips that contrast the aluminum fins and accentuate the building’s contemporary style.

     

    It’s one thing to read about these marvelous restaurants and see pictures of them. But it’s something else entirely to experience them in person. If you ever get to chance to dine at one of these restaurants, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.

    5 of the Biggest Restaurants in the World

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

    Tired of going out to eat and having to wait an hour just to be seated? Well that’s not an issue at the biggest restaurants in the world. These behemoths are large enough to seat hundreds if not thousands of guests. Here are just a few of them:

     

    Bawabet Dimashq

     

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    The undisputed biggest restaurant world is located Damascus, Syria. This family owned restaurant cost $40 million to construct and opened for business in 2002. Featuring a 54,000 square meter dining area, Bawabet Dimashq also has a jaw-dropping 2,500 square meter kitchen. Since there's seating for up to 6,014 people, you’ll never have to worry about finding a spot during Saturday night rush hour. At its busiest, the restaurant employs a whopping 1,800 staff members. Waterfalls, fountains, and replicas of archaeological ruins provide an interesting décor, while 6 different culinary sections ensure each diner gets exactly what he wants. The food offerings include Arab, Indian, Chinese, Syrian, Iranian, and Middle Eastern cuisines.

     

    The Royal Dragon Restaurant

     

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    Known locally as the Mang Gorn Luang, The Royal Dragon is located in Bangkok, Thailand and was the world’s largest restaurant until 2004. Covering 8.35 acres, the oversized, open-air restaurant can seat 5,000 diners and offers more than 1,000 dishes. The Royal Dragon is best known for its seafood but also serves Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Western-style food. Every day between 11AM-2PM, diners can indulge in an All You Can Eat Dim Sum buffet

     

    West Lake Restaurant

     

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    The biggest Chinese restaurant in the world, West Lake Restaurant has more than 5,000 seats. The restaurant is located in Changsha, China and has been the largest in Asia since it opened in 2004. Featuring four distinct areas, the restaurant has a performance hall, luxurious private rooms, and a section for snack food. Its architecture was inspired by traditional Chinese style.

     

    Zehnder’s

     

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    This Midwestern mecca is found in Frakenmuth, Michigan and is known for its all-you-can-eat chicken dinners. Also serving steaks, seafood, fresh baked goods, and classic European desserts, the restaurant can seat 1,500 people. If it looks like Zehnder’s has a retro sort of style, that’s because the establishment was originally built way back in 1856. Although it’s been updated since then, the restaurant still maintains its old-fashioned charm.

     

    The Varsity Downtown

     

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    The Varsity Downtown isn’t just any oversized restaurant. It’s a classic drive-in fast food joint! With seven restaurants scattered throughout the Atlanta, Georgia area, The Varsity is a staple of the area. But only one Varsity restaurant is truly larger than life. The Varsity Downtown is situated right next to the Georgia Tech campus and seats up to 800 diners inside. And as if that wasn’t enough, it also has parking space for up to 600 cars.  

    Chef Spotlight: Hiroyuki Terada

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

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    Today’s chef spotlight will focus on Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki Terada. A Youtube sensation, Chef Hiro has over 1,000,000 followers, and his videos have been watched more than 100,000,000 times. If you’re looking for detailed advice related to making sushi or cooking other delicious Japanese dishes, look no further than Chef Hiro’s channel.

    Perhaps the crown achievement on Chef Hiro’s resume is his place in the Guinness Book of World Records. In the summer of 2017, Chef Gordon Ramsey invited Hiroyuki onto his show, “The F Word.” Chef Hiro was given 30 seconds to cut a carrot into 50 or more slices—all while blindfolded! The sushi master chopped away in front of a live national TV audience and a couple dozen in-house spectators. When the 30 seconds were up, Chef Hiro had chopped 88 slices and was a new World Record holder.

     

     

    Terada was just 10 years old when his father took him aside and started teaching him the basics of making sushi. Hiroyuki would go on to study for 3 years at RKC Chef’s School in Kochi, Japan. It was here that the chef earned a reputation for his lightning fast knife, impeccable attention to detail, and unique ability to put creative twists on traditional Japanese dishes. Upon graduation from chef school, Chef Hiro got experience at the Yuzuan restaurant in Kochi, Japan, where Hiroyuki spent 4 years learning about the Kansai cooking style from Master Chef Kondo.

    Next Terada became certified to serve the dangerous Fugu fish to the Japanese public. As featured on The Simpsons, Fugu fish is deadly if not prepared properly. As a result, it takes at least three years of training for chefs to earn a legal certification to prepare Fugu. Since the process is so long and difficult, many restaurants purchase Fugu that’s already been prepared and packaged by licensed practitioners.

     

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    Terada first came to the United States to work as a chef at the Japan Inn in Washington D.C., where he learned English. After 10 years in D.C., Terada moved to South Florida for the weather and helped Kevin Aoki open a restaurant called Doraku. Today, there are 5 Doraku restaurants throughout the world. Each is patterned after the original South Beach establishment that Chef Hiro helped opened. 

     

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    When Hiroyuki isn’t posting videos on Youtube or breaking world records, he’s operating a catering company based in Miami, Florida. He also remains active as a consultant for Doraku restaurants.To learn more about Hiroyuki Terada, check out his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Blog Roundup for August 2018

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

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    Want to stay up to date with the latest restaurant-related blog posts? Well to save you time, we sifted through dozens of posts and picked the best ones. Here’s what you might’ve missed from the past week:

     

    How Restaurants Use Facebook to Drive Business 

    Best Shoes to Wear When Working in a Restaurant 

    Ways to Make Your Restaurant Stand Out From Competition 

    How Many Customers Use Mobile Devices to Find Restaurants 

    America’s Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains 

    Surveying American Wine Preferences 

    Seasonal Menus Offer New Ways to Promote Your Restaurant 

    23 Restaurant Advertising Ideas (Most are Free!) 

    The 3-Strikes Approach To Managing Employees 

    Guide for Keeping Employees Safe During Summer Heat 

    Easy Tips to Increase Your Bar’s Profits 

     

    Be sure to check back in the future for more blog roundups!

    5 of the Worst Restaurant Seating Options

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

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    Restaurant seating is often an afterthought for most diners. All they know is they’re hungry and ready to eat. But where you decide to sit at a restaurant can play a large role in how much you enjoy your meal. To get the most out of your dining experience, try to avoid these seating locations:

     

    Under an Air Conditioner

     

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    This is especially important for people who are sensitive to cold climates. While an AC unit might be set to a reasonable temperature, the air seems much colder if it’s blowing directly on someone. If you expect a restaurant to be crowded, you might not have much of choice when it comes to where you’re sitting. If that’s the case, consider bringing a long-sleeve shirt just in case you’re seated under an AC unit.

     

    Next to the Kitchen

     

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    Sitting right next to the kitchen might give you a glimpse into how chefs work their magic, but it also might not be the most relaxing dining environment. Servers frequently walk in and out of the kitchen, and this can be quite distracting to some people. The constant noise emanating from the kitchen is another drawback to this seating area.

     

    Around the Bar

     

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    Not all restaurants have bars. But the one’s that do can get quite rowdy. This is especially true if a local sports team is playing on TV. So if you prefer to dine in a quieter environment, try to sit far away from the bar. Ask if there’s outdoor seating, as that’s likely as far away as you can get.

     

    By a Drafty Window

     

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    Window seats are perfect for when the weather is more temperate. But when winter rolls around, sitting next to a window can be risky. Many windows are poorly insulated and let in cold drafts of air. Needless to say, this can lead to a less than comfortable dining environment.

     

    Close to the Restroom

     

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    It’s one thing to use the restroom to wash up and get ready to eat. But it’s a whole other animal to be seated next to the room for an entire meal. A restroom definitely isn't the most appetizing sight in a restaurant, so try to sit somewhere else if you can. Especially if you're on a date.

     

    So Where Should You Sit?

    Wherever you want! These are just examples of some specific seats that don't work for certain people. But if you like the idea of dining at a rowdy bar or being able to see the chef in action, then go for it.

    The best way to get the seat you want is to be assertive. If you see a free table or booth where you’d like to dine, politely ask the hostess if you can sit there. The worst they can do is say no. And if you’re not satisfied with the seat you receive, you can always dine at a neighboring restaurant.

    Is Eating Out Healthy?

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

    Eating out at restaurants has been heavily criticized in recent years. Many people like to bash the practice, arguing that dining at home is far healthier. While some restaurant dishes are certainly less healthy than others, eating out isn’t just about the food. There are other health benefits to eating at restaurants that are often overlooked. So when it comes to answering the question of “Is eating out healthy,” be sure to keep these facts in mind:

     

    There’s a Social Aspect to Eating Out

     

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    Eating out encourages socialization in a way that dining in does not. And socializing is one the best ways to improve to overall health. It’s easy to think that dining home at home around a table encourages the same type of socializing. But there are many more distractions at home. And it’s tough to keep everyone seated and engaged while at home compared to when out at a restaurant. If you don’t have plans to dine with anyone, you can always stop by a restaurant and see if your favorite server is working.

     

    Trying New Things Helps You Grow as a Person

     

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    There’s nothing wrong with a relaxing night at home. But too many of these nights can lead to stagnation. A delicious meal out at a new restaurant can help prevent that. By putting yourself in a new situation, you leave your comfort zone and challenge yourself. It even gives you an opportunity to discover new foods that you otherwise would not have known about. Trying different types of cuisines that you aren’t familiar with only adds to the adventure.

     

    Walking To and From Restaurants Provides Exercise

     

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    If you’re eating at home, you likely aren’t going to get much exercise. Carrying plates and silverware from the kitchen to the dining room might be a hassle, but it’s certainly not a workout. But when going out to eat at a restaurant, you’re much more likely to walk off those calories. Whether you’re walking around a city, through the mall, or just from a far spot in the parking lot, going to a restaurant should net you at least a little bit of exercise.

     

    Outdoor Eating Areas Have Fresh Air

     

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    There are multiple health benefits associated with fresh air. These include improving your immune system, heart health, and brain health. Many homes don’t have decks or patios, so going to restaurants with outdoor seating is a perfect way to spend time eating outside in the fresh air. And for double the benefits, try to find an outdoor eating area that's close to nature.

    How to Start a Restaurant Business

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    For many chefs and food lovers, opening a restaurant is a life-long dream. Unfortunately, making that dream come true takes more than just some cooking skills and a little bit of money. This post is for anyone who is considering opening a restaurant. It explores how to start a restaurant business that can thrive for years to come.

     

    Have Experience Working in a Restaurant

    Nothing can compete with first-hand experience working in the foodservice industry. Working in a restaurant exposes you to a little of everything. Customer service, accounting, and restaurant culture are just some of the topics you’ll learn about. And having knowledge of these things will help you excel as an owner. Ideally, you’ll want to work in a restaurant that’s similar to the one you wish to open. And it certainly won’t hurt to work in multiple restaurants. That way, you’ll have a wider scope of experience to apply to your own restaurant.

     

    Decide What Kind of Restaurant You Want to Have

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    Choosing the type of restaurant you want to open will dictate much of what you do as owner. Will your restaurant be fast food, fast-casual, casual, fine dining, or strictly takeout? Will you specialize in traditional American food or more ethnic dishes? What about your hours? Will you be open late or be up to serve breakfast at the crack of dawn? It’s also important to know if you’ll need a large dining space or just a small area for take-out area. And if you’ll require a team of servers or none at all. These choices will inform the rest of your decisions, so knowing them upfront is extremely helpful.

     

    Develop a Menu

    One of the best parts of starting a restaurant business is deciding what’s on the menu. But while doing so might seem like a food lover’s dream, the process isn’t so simple. A restaurant’s menu should cater to its targeted customers. So if you’re opening a family restaurant, you’ll definitely want to include a kids’ menu. You might hate chicken fingers or macaroni & cheese. But if your customers like those dishes, they should be on the menu.

    This same principle applies to fine dining establishment as well. Those types of restaurants will want to offer fine wines, aged liquors, and premium steaks. If your restaurant has a distinct theme, the menu should match that in terms of tone and offerings. So a tropical island restaurant will want to feature pina coladas and colorful seafood dishes.

     

    Find a Great Location

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    Location can be the difference between a restaurant that thrives and a restaurant that flounders. Traffic, parking, and proximity to your target market are all factors to keep in mind. It’s not enough to be in a busy area that has plenty of parking. You want to be in a location that’s frequented by your specific target audience. So if you’re opening a restaurant that specializes in breakfast, make sure the area is busy in the morning. But if you’re opening a bar, you’ll want a location that’s busier at night.

     

    Familiarize Yourself with Local Laws

    Every area has its own set of laws. And as a restaurant owner, it’s your responsibility to familiarize yourself with those laws. Doing so early in the process can help prevent further issues down the line. Many laws aren’t simple bureaucratic thorns in the side. Instead, they’re safety regulations that are in the best interest of you and the workers. Refusing to follow these laws not only puts you in danger of a fine, but it can also place you and your staff in dangerous working conditions.

     

    Secure Funding

    Starting a restaurant requires money. If you can afford the business venture yourself, that’s great. But many restaurant owners seek out financial assistance. Popular ways to secure money include taking out loans and bringing investors on board. Many restaurant owners also like to ask close friends and family members for assistance. When seeking exterior funding, it’s helpful to have an air-tight business plan. The plan should include detailed financial projections that can earn the confidence of potential investors.

     

    Outfit Your Kitchen with Equipment

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    Designing a kitchen is more than just figuring out what equipment your chefs need. Although that’s certainly important too. But kitchen equipment should be located in a way that maximizes staff efficiency. The right design will vary from kitchen to kitchen. To find out what’s best for you, it’s a good idea to ask chefs for their input. After all, they’re the ones who’ll be working in there.

     

    Design Your Eating Area

    Offering patrons a comfortable dining experience is another important priority for restaurant owners. Start with the basics by investing in comfortable seating. Next give your restaurant a distinct ambiance that matches its style. So if you’re a family restaurant, you won’t want to have dark lighting like that of a bar. Finally, you should grace your establishment with interesting decorations. The type that seem right at home with the type of food you serve and the ambiance you’re going for.

     

    Hire Good Employees

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    Staff members are the backbone of any successful restaurant. Everyone who works at your restaurant should be an extension of yourself. They should embody your ideals and attitude. It might be simple to hire the first person who applies. But don’t get lazy and take the easy way out. Thoroughly vet each applicant and only hire the ones who you can trust with your business. Try to hire staff members who are coachable and follow instructions. In fact, make a list of what you’re looking for in your workers beforehand. Then make sure your applicants satisfy those traits before you hire them.

     

    Market and Promote

    Once your restaurant is all set up and your grand opening is on the horizon, it’s time to get the word out. Use flyers, advertisements, and social media to let the public know that a new restaurant is in town. Perhaps offer special deals that encourage customers to give your restaurant a shot. The main objective is to get attract customers. So get creative. 

    Designing a Restaurant Menu

    The importance of designing a restaurant menu cannot be understated. Especially if your foodservice doesn’t have much notoriety, your menu is a tool that can draw customers in. This means your menu should not only reveal what you offer, but it should be capable of driving business on its own. That might seem like a tall order, but there are several things you can do to give yourself a leg up when it comes to designing a restaurant menu:

     

    Write Engaging Meal Descriptions

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    It’s easy for a menu to simply list all the food a restaurant offers. But what menus should really strive for are meal descriptions that appeal to a diner’s inner food lover. For example, one way to describe a hamburger is an “8 oz. patty with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and Russian dressing.”  But what would make a customer choose that hamburger over all others? So instead, describe that same hamburger as “8 oz. of charbroiled beef topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and grilled onions. Drizzled with homemade special sauce and served on a toasted Kaiser roll.” Now that sounds much more appealing, doesn’t it?

     

    Clarity is Essential

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    Ever read a meal description and have no idea what it means? If your customers do that, there’s a good chance they’ll just leave. After all, why put extra effort in when there are so many other menus that are easy to understand? So if your menu includes foods that aren’t well known, consider adding a layman’s term translation that anyone would understand. This will help prevent any confusion.

     

    Menus Should Be Easy to Read

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    Fancy fonts might look cool, but they can also be difficult to read. This can frustrate customers and motivate them to eat elsewhere. The same clarity principle applies to small font. Squinting shouldn’t be required to read your menu. Instead, the font should be large enough to be easily read.

     

    Include Multiple Languages if Necessary

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    The United States is becoming a more diverse place. So if you’re located in an area where multiple languages are spoken, then having a menu with only English meal descriptions will make your restaurant less appealing to non-English speakers. In these situations, it doesn’t hurt to include multiple languages on your menu.

     

    Appeal to Your Specific Target Market

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    Your menu’s design should be most appealing to the patrons you expect to carry your business. So if you operate a fine dining restaurant that attracts an older crowd, your menu should be formal in nature. But if your restaurant is in a college town and is targeting young adults, a more colorful menu will help you appeal to them. The bottom line is know who you’re trying to reach and what they’ll respond to.

    How Much to Tip a Waiter

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    Tipping a waiter is more of an art than a science. With so many different variables, patrons often times have trouble finding that sweet spot between what’s frugal and what’s overly generous. We’re here to help make that easier. This post offers a couple guidelines to use when deciding how much to tip a waiter.

     

    Tips Depend on Quality of Service

    Tipping 15-20% of your bill’s pre-tax total is standard. Giving more than 20% is warranted when the service is truly exceptional. Tipping less than 15% should be a very rare occurrence, reserved for when your waiter is rude or incompetent. And if service really is that poor, you might want to talk to the manager so it can be corrected.

     

    Tip $1 per Alcoholic Beverage

    Since alcohol is sold at marked up prices, a few large margaritas can run up quite a bill. But patrons aren’t expected to tip 15-20% on each of those drinks. Those percentages are more geared toward food. So when tipping for alcoholic beverages, leave $1 per drink ordered and don’t include the drink prices in your pre-tax calculation.

     

    Large Parties Don’t Get Discounts

    It’s common practice for large parties to spend several hours at restaurants. Naturally, this leads to some pricey bills. Sometimes these parties are so surprised by their massive bills that tips become afterthoughts. And the waiter who spent all night focusing on one table is drastically under-compensated. This is a big issue for servers, and it’s why automatic gratuities are becoming more popular. But while automatic gratuities solve one issue, they have their own set of problems.

     

    Know the Local Customs

    Every country has a different custom when it comes to tipping. For instance, places like China, Australia, and Switzerland are just a few locations where people aren’t expected to tip at all. In fact, some waiters might even interpret a tip as rude! So always research tipping etiquette before visiting a new country. It’ll not only prevent potential awkwardness, but it can also save you some hard-earned money!

     

    Written by J. Vigotsky

    The History of Pizza

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    Pizza is one the most popular foods in the world. The dish’s perfect blend of bread, sauce, and cheese creates a delicious whole that far surpasses the sum of its parts. Adored by nearly everyone who tries it, pizza also has a rich history. This post will detail the history of pizza--including where pizza came from, how it’s evolved, and where it’s going in the future.

     

    The Birth of Pizza in Naples, Italy

    The precursor to pizza was an Italian bread product called Focaccia. Similar to pizza dough, Focaccia is a flatbread that’s seasoned with olive oil and salt then baked. More complex versions of Focaccia feature herbs, vegetables, and cheese. Focaccia is most associated with Ligurian cuisine and today mostly serves as an appetizer.

    In the late 18th century, bakers started combining tomatoes with cheese as toppings on focaccia. And like that, pizza was born. The official birthplace was Naples, Italy, and the city quickly became a tourist attraction as a result of its culinary marvel. The dish was sold by street vendors and pizza bakeries.

     

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    Today, Naples is still known as one of the premier pizza cities in the world. But many of the city’s bakers remain pizza purists. They only offer margherita and marinara pizzas. While both those pies are delicious, they might not satisfy all pizza lovers. Luckily, there are plenty of other pizzerias that will.

     

    The Evolution of Pizza Toppings

    It took about 100 years for pizza to make its way from Naples to the United States. Italian immigrants in the late 19th century popularized the dish in cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. Lombardi’s in Manhattan’s Little Italy was founded in 1905 and is widely accepted to be the first American pizzeria. The term “Pepperoni” first appeared in print in 1919, and the cured meat soon became the pizza topping of choice in America. Although it was similar to salami, pepperoni didn’t require the same precise climate and was easier to store. Today, pepperoni can be found on more than 1/3 of pizzas.  

     

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    The next big step in the evolution of pizza took place in Chicago, Illinois. The year was 1943, and people were ready for a bigger, bolder pizza pie. The Chicago deep dish pizza gave them just that. The pizza featured extra deep crust that was more like a pie than a focaccia. It was baked in a round pan and had an extra-thick layers of toppings. The toppings are piled atop cheese then cooked. Uncooked sauce is often added atop the finished product. The deep dish pizza continues to be one of the most popular pies available.

    While New Haven, Connecticut’s famed Pepe’s Pizzeria opened in 1925, it wouldn’t be until the 1950’s that the restaurant invented its renowned clam pizza pie. The clam pizza was a groundbreaking feat, but only a sign of things to come. Because in 1962, the Hawaiian Pizza would be invented. Not in Hawaii, but in Ontario, Canada of all places. Featuring pineapple and ham, this polarizing pizza pie paved the way for future untraditional toppings.

     

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    Also in 1962, the world was introduced to frozen pizza. Pizza lovers would no longer have to order pies or venture out to pizzerias. They could simply buy pizza products from the grocery store, put them in their home freezers, and cook them when ready. The introduction of frozen pizza has led to similar advancements like pizza rolls and hot pockets.

    In the 50 years since the Hawaii Pizza and frozen pizza were debuted, the dish has undergone an evolution that its Naples forefathers could not have possibly imagined. These days, almost anything can be thrown atop a pizza and someone will be there to gobble it up. Pizza is just that delicious.

     

    Pizza Ovens

    The first types of ovens used to cook pizzas were wood-fired or coal-fired. These pizza ovens were made with fireproof brick, stone, clay, or concrete. And believe it or not, similar ovens are still available today. Some run on natural gas, but others use traditional fire. These modern wood-fired ovens give pizza a natural smoky flavor.

     

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    The more popular ovens that you’ll see at pizzerias are pizza deck ovens. Since they have multiple decks, these ovens are capable of cooking several pizza pies at the same time. That makes these ovens ideal for pizzerias that tend to get large orders for delivery.

     

    The World’s Largest Pizza

    In December 2012, the evolution of the pizza pie peaked when the largest pizza pie on record was debuted in Rome, Italy. The location was appropriately just a couple hours north of pizza’s original birthplace in Naples. The record-breaking pizza pie measured a mind-boggling 13,580.28 sq. ft. That converts to a little less than 1/3 of an acre! Prepared by four chefs, the gluten-free pizza was named “Ottavia” in tribute to Rome’s first emperor. It weighed an absurd 51,257 pounds and took 48 hours to bake.

     

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    The Future… and Beyond

    It might seem like we’ve pushed the pizza pie as far as it can go. But if the past has taught us anything, it’s to never underestimate man’s love of pizza. The future will surely lead to even more innovative pizza toppings. And it wouldn’t at all be surprising to see the record for the world’s largest pizza broken. Especially now that robots might help bake the pie.

     

    Written by J. Vigotsky