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ROBERT WAGNER
NEED PIZZA
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA

NEED PIZZA IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY, THINCRUST PIZZERIA AKIN TO NEW HAVEN STYLE.

We feature large portion sizes, red, white (sauceless), plain (cheeseless) and BBQ sauced pizzas,
with a build-your-own format. We are also a
craft beer bar with a focus on locally made beers.
There is definitely an education factor with the
customers that are interested in different styles
of pizza. We mainly have to describe how we
are different from New York style, since it is the
closest of all other styles to what we are doing.
We like to say that our pizza is greatly influenced
by the New Haven style, but through experience
and educating ourselves we have put our own
twist on the product. It is not a direct carbon copy
of any place, not that we know of anyway. Our
emphasis is on the crust. Then we look to have
perfect balance with the rest of the ingredients
of the pizza, so you can taste the characteristics
of the sauce(s), cheese(s) and toppings that you
choose.

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WE ARE CURRENTLY BUILDING
OUT A NEW KITCHEN THAT WILL
ALLOW US TO DO FULL-TIME DELIVERY. We currently do takeout and it

is about 15 percent of our sales, but
during our peak times we don't have
the ability to accommodate larger
orders or catering style orders
because of our oven capacity. Our
expansion includes a larger oven
and cooler space that will allow us
to expand our dough proofing area
and fulfill large takeout and delivery
orders. Making sure that we took
great care of our dine-in guests was
our main focus. Now that we are
almost three years old and have
hopefully established ourselves as a
great pizza and beer venue, we look
to add attributes to Need that will
fulfill the requests of our patrons and
the businesses that surround us.
OUR CRAFT BEER PROGRAM IS
EXTENSIVE BUT MANAGEABLE. We

do not have the most tap handles in
the area, but we do have one of the
most exclusive lineups in our area.
We manage 30 draft lines and carry
canned craft beers. About half to

60 percent of what we have on draft
is local to Iowa. We learned over
the first year to year and a half that
the majority of people want to try a
local beer and support a local brewery. This is even true for the guests
that are here from out of town,
whether it be traveling for business
or tourism. We also try to find new
ways to acquire beers that aren't
readily available. We achieve this by
being a reliable account. We follow
(breweries') social media (and)
support their causes. We just try
to find ways to go the extra mile. If
we do that, maybe we get that one
keg that comes into our distribution
area. We have done collaborations
with breweries as well. Annually we
do one that is sold at our anniversary party and is fully donated to
a local cancer research foundation
called the I Know Jack Foundation. The other, most recent, was
a collaboration where we helped
brew the beer and the brewery has
the name of the restaurant "Need"
printed on their logo on a pizza box!


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Pizza Today - August 2018
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
At Your Service
Destinations
Knead to Know
Road to Ppne ‘18
2018 Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Empire Slice House, Oklahoma City, Ok
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthly Tip
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