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The California style
allows Riverboat's kitchen crew to get creative.

Each employee receives a personal pizza during their shift,
and it's a source of inventive
flavor combinations that have
turned into specials.
The Lyles incorporate their
own style into their pizza.
Dough is made fresh in smaller
batches, which Jon says helps
with the humidity during the
mixing and balling process.
Riverboat uses sliced mozzarella
instead of shredded. Purchasing
mozzarella by the block saves
money but adds labor costs, Jon
says. The result is a consistent
finished pizza. Its house pizza
sauces incorporates a garlic and
red wine reduction. The Lyles
grow fresh basil and other produce on Riverboat's patio.
Riverboat is a refreshing
find for Southerners who are
used to thick and meaty pies.
Many of Riverboat's thin-crust
pies feature fresh vegetables
and unique bases. The Pesto
Manifesto has a pesto base
and is topped with chicken,
mushroom, bacon, artichoke
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and green onion. The colorful
Farmer's Market features feta
cheese, spinach, olives, sun-dried
tomatoes and basil.
Jon has been surprised by
the popularity of Riverboat's
not-so-ordinary ingredients like
artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes
and linguica. The popular Riverboat Captain pairs artichokes and
garlic with pepperoni and Italian
sausage.
The Lyles have developed
menu items that are usable across
the menu. They created a flavorful
Thai peanut sauce for the Bangkok Nights pizza that pairs the
sauce with chicken, onion and
cilantro. The Thai sauce is also
tossed with its wings and served
with a jalapeño jelly dipping
sauce (PB&J Wings).
Riverboats' menu has been
refined since its opening. Jon
added an eight-inch personal
pizza to accompany Riverboat's
14- and 18-inch options. It was
a move that has paid off. "Money
wise it is a really good thing,"
he says. "But time wise, it does
become extra work.
"We've simplified the menu
a lot," Jon says. "We used to do
pasta. We used to do sandwiches.
We found that 95 percent of the
people seem to be ordering pizza
anyway, so let's just go ahead and
do what we do best."
The Lyles were strategic to
keep items that they've become
known for, like chicken wings
and loaded fries (including the
Bacon Cheese Fries and the Low
Country Gravy Fries). Riverboat
has become a destination for
some of the region's best housemade cheesecake. During Pizza
Today's visit, the pizzeria served
three cheesecakes: a pecan pie,
lavender and plain. The cheesecake is so popular, Jon says, "I've
thought about doing a spinoff
restaurant, instead of pizza do a
Riverboat Cheesecake Company."


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Pizza Today - May 2017
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Respecting the Craft
On Tap
Destinations
Knead to Know
Flooring Options
Specialty Cheese Pairings
Manchego
Eliminating Spoilage
Cheese Pricing
Grand Openings
Pizza Today on the Road: Riverboat Pizza Co., Savannah, GA
Pizza Today on the Road: Stoner’s Pizza Joint, Savannah, GA
International Pizza Expo Wrap Up
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Trending Recipe
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Contents
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Contributors
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Interact
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Respecting the Craft
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - On Tap
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Flooring Options
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Specialty Cheese Pairings
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Manchego
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Eliminating Spoilage
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Grand Openings
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Pizza Today on the Road: Riverboat Pizza Co., Savannah, GA
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Pizza Today - May 2017 - Pizza Today on the Road: Stoner’s Pizza Joint, Savannah, GA
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