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ing at home since COVID hit because
they already understand the logistics of
delivery. That's why non-pizza items have
blossomed over the past year, particularly
family-sized meal packages.
Mike Androw of E&D Pizza Company in Avon, Connecticut, offers a special
every Tuesday night, featuring a revolving series of entree options. Every family
meal comes with several portions of the
entree, salad and a loaf of bread. " We
did them previously but there has been a
gigantic spike since Covid, " he says of the
newly popular menu item.

Worth the Investment - Frozen
and Take and Bake
Consumers have been buying more
frozen foods as a result of the pandemic
and that spells big opportunity for frozen
pizza. The Chicago Tribune reported that
Home Run Inn's production of frozen
pizza increased to 80,000 units per day
in May 2020 and experts don't expect
demand to fall anytime soon. The results
of a survey by OnePoll show that

69 percent of people plan to continue
buying comfort foods even after the pandemic ends, with pizza topping their lists.
Independent pizzerias with nationwide
brand recognition, such as Pizzeria
Bianco and Di Fara, now offer frozen
pizza through Goldbelly. Others keep
their frozen offerings in-house, like Zuppardi's in New Haven.
Pizza Buzz in Fort Worth, Texas,
added take-and-bake when COVID hit
and it's been a huge success. Juliana's in
Brooklyn also offers a take-and-bake
version of their classic coal-fired pizza,
but it's par-baked so customers can take
home some of their signature char.

Time's Running Out for Pizza
Making Kits
Food and Wine Magazine predicts
that at-home restaurant experiences will
be a leading trend in 2021, but pizzerias are seeing interest in pizza making
kits fade. " The pizza kits soared when
COVID first started but just seems like
they've dropped off, " says Bill Carmine

Cornell of Carmine's Wood Fired Pizza
in Joplin, Missouri. Kits provided a fun
activity when we were all being urged to
stay home, but that will likely change as
restaurants reopen.
The exception to this downturn has
been bulk pizza kit sales tied to
online pizza making classes for corporate
groups. Tony Boloney's in New Jersey
sells hundreds of kits per week, shipping
them all over the country. Owner Mike
Hauke leads live classes for kit recipients,
which adds yet another revenue stream.
Menu trends for 2021 have undoubtedly been shaped by the pandemic and
that means they're likely to change along
with government safety regulations.
What works one month may not fly the
next. This year, pizzerias across the country will continue to operate on high alert
while catering to the changing needs of
their customers. n
SCOTT WIENER is the founder of
Scott's Pizza Tours in New York City
and SliceOutHunger.org Instagram: @
scottspizzatours

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Pizza Today April 2021
Commentary
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Conversation
Mike's Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
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Tony's Trending Recipe
Knead to Know
Destinations
Ghost Kitchens
New Item Roll Out
Private Labeling
Outdoor Dining Setup
The New York Style
Going Pesto
Latest menu Trends
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
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