Pizza and Wings go together like rama-lama-lama ka-dingitty-ding-da-dong… or if you’re not a Grease fan, they go together like milk and cookies, like rock and roll, like French fries and ketchup, like… well you get the point. Since the last 80’s wings have been a staple on pizza menus across the nations. From quick serves to high end restaurants, pizza operators know that wings are a great up-sale opportunity and provide a great profit margin. Today we’re going to look at how popular pizza and wings have become both seperately and together and how you can add them to your menu.
First, a history lesson…
Did you know that 50 years ago, wings were considered one of the least desirable cuts of the chicken? They were a throwaway item, sometimes used for stock, but mostly tossed in the trash, deemed undesirable.
It wasn’t until someone (I say “someone” because there are conflicting reports of who actually started the craze) from Buffalo got a wrong order of chicken wings and decided to make something with them. And well, the rest is history.
By the 70’s chicken wings were sweeping the nation. In 1994, Joey Todaro III, operator of successful Buffalo-based La Nova Pizzeria, decided to capitalize on this potential and started marketing wings to other pizzerias. With his new La Nova Wings distribution company, Todaro helped bring the wing-fling to a new level of popularity.
Later that same year, Dominos decided indeed the pairing was a profitable one and began promoting their wings during football games. The wing/pizza game exploded. Soon after you couldn’t order a pizza without a side of wings, and while that trend has dwindled some, the combination of pizza and wings is still a huge success for sales.
How do you start selling pizza and wings?
It might seem daunting at first to take on two of America’s favorite food items. But consider this: Americans eat 3 BILLION pizzas and 28 BILLION portions of chicken wings each year. With such a large fan base, it’s easy to see how profitable these two menu items could be.
If your looking for a fast method for prepping your pizza, try the MultiChef oven. This ventless high-speed oven is a beast when it comes to cooking pizza. Cooking pizza in only seven minutes, versus the average oven, which takes 18 minutes, all without the use of microwaves. This means a higher quality pizza without a soggy crust.
Couple that with the wing king, the AutoFry ventless deep fryer, and you’ve got another match made in heaven. AutoFry is fully enclosed and fully automatic, so you can set your wings to fry and then go manage another area of the kitchen without having to worry about burning your wings.
Both machines can be added to your kitchen without any hoods or venting, saving you thousands on installation costs and insurance.
So now that we know why you want to sell pizza and wings and how you can do it, lets cover a few more fun facts about the dynamic duo.
- Pepperoni is the most favorite pizza topping for Americans, so much so that 4/10 Americans order it on their pizza.
- 1,260,000 slices of pizza are eaten every hour in the US
- Women are twice as likely than man to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza
- Ranch is the number one dipping sauce for chicken wings, followed by barbeque, hot sauce and finally bleu cheese
- 4/5 Americans eat chicken wings