So, you’ve decided to open a pizza restaurant of your own – congratulations! Whether you have experience in the restaurant industry or whether this is your first time opening a restaurant, there are some very important and specific pieces of equipment that you will need to get started. Of course, depending on the type of pizza you will be making and the level of efficiency you want to achieve, the list of equipment you will need may vary, but we put together a list of all the essentials that you can’t start a pizza restaurant without. For most of these items, you’ll also have the choice to buy new, used, or remanufactured.
Possibly the most important piece of equipment that you will need for your pizzeria is a pizza oven. You’ll have to decide if you want to use a deck oven or a conveyor oven. A deck oven typically takes a little bit more skill to operate – since the chef decides when to remove the pizza and what temperature to cook at. However, it allows for more creativity and a more gourmet approach to pizza-making. Conveyor ovens are often found in pizza restaurant chains and restaurants that make a high volume of pizzas. They take less skill to operate and help to achieve uniformity across all pizzas.
The next item that will be absolutely essential for your kitchen is a refrigerator. A few different types you might choose include walk-in refrigerators, reach-in refrigerators, and undercounter refrigerators. The type and size of refrigerator that you will need will depend on how much volume you plan to store, and it is very likely that you will want to have multiple different refrigerators in your kitchen.
You will definitely need a good work station where you can assemble your pizzas. At the very least, you will need a work table, but for more efficiency we recommend an undercounter refrigerator with shelving and speed rails. Check out the video we posted on how to customize your pizza prep station since there are so many different ways to configure your prep area!
You’re going to be making a lot of dough for your pizza restaurant, and you’ll need the right tools to prep your dough each and every day. You’ll need a mixer to mix large batches of dough, a dough sheeter to roll out your dough, and a dough rounder. It is possible to measure and roll your dough by hand, but it’s a very time consuming process that would be made much more efficient by these tools. You’ll also need somewhere to store your dough once it is prepared, so check out our selection of storage containers.
Slicer and Shredder
It’s up to you to decide what types of toppings you will offer at your restaurant, but you will definitely need a slicer to prepare your toppings. You’ll also want to consider a cheese shredder – which can shred pounds of cheese in a matter of seconds.
Pans and Smallwares
Finally, you’ll need a wide variety of pans and smallwares to make your pizza kitchen complete. The types of pans you’ll need will depend on the types of pizza you offer at your restaurant, such as Detroit style, deep dish, or traditional round. Maybe you will specialize in one type of pizza, or maybe you’ll offer multiple different types! No matter what pizza you’re making, you’ll surely need smallwares such as pizza cutters, knives, and spoodles (for applying the perfect amount of sauce or cheese to your pizza). There are so many smallwares available and every restaurant’s needs will vary slightly, so take a look at Northern Pizza Equipment’s selection of smallwares to determine exactly what you will need.
We hope that this list has been helpful in figuring out what equipment you will need to start your pizzeria. While it is not a comprehensive list of everything you might need, we’ve covered the essentials that you definitely won’t be able to get started without. At Northern Pizza Company, we have everything you need to have a great pizza business, and we’re committed to helping you succeed. Our team of tech support are available to help you reach your goals, so contact us today or give us a call at 800-426-0323 with any questions you might have!