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Six Ways to Bring Your Pizza to the Next Level

In the world of pizza, toppings receive a lot of attention, but recent menu research shows that crust also ranks high in consumer appeal. Chicago-based Datassential, a menu research firm, determined that thin crust is the most prevalent pizza crust called out on menus. Pan, thick, New York, and deep-dish crusts complete the top five menu varieties, followed by wheat, Chicago, hand-tossed, square and wood-fired. Next are Neapolitan, brick oven, stuffed and organic crust.  Since 2012, wood fired, wheat, and stuffed crust pizzas have seen the strongest growth on menus. There are plenty of ways to slice today’s pizza trends to fit your menu For a half dozen ideas, read on: Flour matters For instance, red wheat can stand up to heavier toppings like sausage and sliced peppers. White wheat is better suited to lighter toppings and sauces and flour is a main component for pizza performance. Pizza makers should…