January 27, 2011 |
When a television series has devolved so far from its original premise that it reaches a kind of nonsensical absurdity, we say it has jumped the shark. That's usually a good time to go back and take a fresh look at what made the original work so well. The culinary equivalent might be something getting used in a fast-food sandwich. And so it's time to get back to basics with focaccia. I ordered a sandwich at my local lunch counter the other day and the guy asked me what kind of bread I wanted: "White, whole wheat or focaccia," the latter a flattish white bread topped with what appeared to be sliced tomatoes, onions, cheese and lord knows what else.
July 23, 1991 |
Alex Meruelo hopes to someday be known as the pizza king of Southern California's Latino community. The energetic, boyish-looking 27-year-old founder of the Buena Park-based La Pizza Loca restaurant chain is off to a good start. Since founding his company five years ago, Meruelo has assembled a chain of 26 pizza delivery outlets in mostly Latino neighborhoods of Orange and Los Angeles counties.
November 7, 1991
Most people get emotional whenever the subject of pizza is raised. And our editorial staff is no exception. Witness a few selected recommendations and comments from some of our more rabid pizza enthusiasts: - "Pronto, in South Coast Plaza, is the best pizza I've had lately. A close second would be the slice at Fedco--hot, fresh and relatively tasty." - "My pizza vote goes to Original Pizza on Balboa Peninsula." - "Definitely Gina's in Newport and Corona del Mar."
June 13, 1995 |
Little Caesars Pizza is knocking at your door. After 36 years of selling only takeout food, the country's No. 3 pizza chain hopes to boost stagnant sales by entering the fiercely competitive delivery market. Its competitors began offering deliveries--the fastest-growing segment of the pizza market--long ago. No. 1 Pizza Hut has delivered for a decade. No. 2 Domino's Pizza built its business on a promise of fast delivery.
March 20, 2001 |
The advertising war over who makes the better pizza can continue uninterrupted now, as the Supreme Court on Monday turned away Pizza Hut's challenge to rival Papa John's claim of having "better ingredients. Better pizza." The high court ended a three-year legal battle between the pizza chains, but it did not answer the question that started it all. Pizza Hut Inc., the nation's largest pizza chain, sued Papa John's International Inc. in 1998 for what it said was false advertising.
November 19, 1999 |
Papa John's International Inc. and Tricon Global Restaurants Inc.'s Pizza Hut unit, two of the country's biggest pizza chains, made deceptive claims about each other's products in advertising campaigns, a Dallas jury ruled. The panel ruled for Tricon in finding that Papa John's "Better Ingredients, Better Pizza" slogan was false and misleading, as were its claims about its sauce and dough. However, the jury found a taste-test commercial didn't deceive consumers.
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August 21, 1986 |
At Wabash Avenue and Ohio Street on Chicago's traditionally fashionable Near North Side, crowds wait in line to enter a restaurant called Uno. Uno means one in Italian, and the restaurant was given this name by proprietor Ike Sewell because it was his first establishment. The place, which opened in 1943, enjoyed an early success that led Sewell to open a second establishment across the street. He called that one Due.
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November 9, 1997 |
The councilwoman stands up, her voice quavering. She has just survived the most toxic and expensive recall campaign in local history. Now she must try to make peace with the colleagues who despise her. She must bring together a lovely city that is starting to look like Bosnia with a mall. She must address her fellow council members from the heart, and they must respond in kind: * It's time for reconciliation. * Yes! It's time for reconciliation! * We must put the past behind us! * Yes!
July 23, 1991 |
Alex Meruelo hopes to someday be known as the pizza king of Southern California's Latino community. The energetic, boyish-looking 27-year-old founder of the La Pizza Loca restaurant chain is off to a good start. Since founding his company five years ago, Meruelo has assembled a chain of 26 pizza delivery outlets in mostly Latino neighborhoods of Orange and Los Angeles counties.
March 13, 1995 |
When Alex Meruelo opened his first pizza restaurant, no one was making fast-food deliveries in the neighborhood. The perception, he said, was that the heavily Latino area of Huntington Park was simply too dangerous. But Meruelo, a Cuban American, disagreed. Since 1986, he has defied that convention and in doing so has built a successful business. His La Pizza Loca chain now has 54 outlets in three states with annual sales of more than $22 million.