RoDyMan, the pizza maker robot between Neapolitan and tech cuisine.


The ingredients of this incredible story are three: Naples, pizza and robotics. Ingredients that are  well blended, have created RoDyMan, the first robot-pizza maker.

It all started in the Prisma Lab, a laboratory of robotics at the Federico II University of Naples. Here is a team of engineers led by prof. Bruno Siciliano orders a pizza and has an intuition: to build a robot able to handle elastic, malleable objects. Like the pizza dough our engineers were snapping.

And beyond the pizza RoDyMan, a.k.a. “The robot pizza maker”, represents a real evolutionary stage in robotics. And not only  that because its fluid movements abandon the traditional rigidity of the robots, but also because its ability could be exploited in many other manual professions, even in healthcare (think of futuristic robot-surgeons).

With an army of RoDyMan  can definitively take the place of human workers? The professor. Siciliano assures that  RoDyMan does not intend to replace man as much as to support him in certain activities. Not even meat-and-bone pizza makers, at present, seem to be particularly worried by RoDyMan, in fact they doubt that a sequence of robotic movements, triggered by algorithms, can replace the art of human pizza makers, born instead of emotion. And from that passion that seems to flow in their veins like the magma of Vesuvius. “You will not believe it but every pizza has a soul” says Gino Sorbillo, the best known pizza maker of Naples “a soul that changes from dough to dough”. And, for the moment, the queues that are miles away from its premises as well as the 150,000 employees in the catering sector hope  for Sorbillo and his fellow chefs.

However, the age-old art of pizza seems to have been handed down to RoDyMan, whose movements are modeled on those of the pizza maker Enzo Coccia, another veteran of the sector. Sensors have been applied to the chef to transmit every movement on a screen called an avatar. From this screen, which acts as a “mind” for RoDyMan, the robot stores them. And, as foreseen by prof. Sicilian, this year the robot pizza maker will have nothing to envy to his “colleagues” in the flesh, so much so that he can show off his skills at the Pizza Festival in May 2018. There, under the eyes of disbelieving visitors , will cook pizzas without skipping any preparation phase, starting from the dough and cooking.

However, how much did RoDyMan costs? The professor. Siciliano does not hide  a cost of hundreds of thousands of euros, which however has been rewarded with a loan of two million that has allowed the Prisma Lab of the University Federico II of Naples to recruit doctoral scholarship holders from universities all over the world. A beautiful trend reversal compared to Italian graduates who go abroad, which fills the prof. Sicilian and the Neapolitan university.

Food News: Las Bravas, two Spaniards in Italy on board a food truck

What is a food truck? It is the home of street food.

Valentina and Mireja had made their profession and, they have  traveled far and wide for Spain, they arrive in Italy on board their blue trailer: they are called Las Bravas and their specialty is tapas.

They arrive in Milan and from there they will leave to be known throughout the boot. There is a wheeled kitchen in which they prepare in a revisited version the culinary specialties of the Iberian Peninsula. Mireja is of Spanish origin, Valentina has lived in Barcelona for so long to fall in love with her. Their project stems from the love for the Spanish culinary culture and the desire to share and export it: hence the idea of ​​reviving Iberian recipes in the street food version and putting them on their traveling business.


But which  are  the steps to put on a tapas bar, or in general a food truck, on two wheels?

The process is long and always starts from a good idea and a lot of work needs  to implement it. We need to be clear about our goals and the identity of our business, evaluating their expenses as well as possible earnings.

Next, you have to deal with the bureaucracy: first of all ,the certificate of the Food and Beverage Administration course is required. Another fundamental step is the opening of the VAT number at the Inland Revenue, registration with INPS and the Chamber of Commerce. You must then go to the town of residence to obtain a license to the traveling trade, and find out which roads are allowed to stop and sell and in what time. Each municipality has its own regulation and knowing the rules that allows to avoid problems of any kind and penalties.

What are the advantages of a food truck?

The initial costs are certainly not those of the opening of a real restaurant and it is easy to amortize them quickly.

You can more easily retain the customer: the relationship with those who “eat” is more directed and informal than in traditional restaurants. Even the sale is simplified and fast: the street food format is more practical than the classic “courses”, and helps the growth of profits.

You can move around and participate in festivals, events or even to  choose the best places that offer more sales opportunities: if a place does not work, turn the engine on and off!

Ristomanager Statistics to monitor activity

The new installation  of our blog will treat the function of the Statistics of Ristomanager, the best method to monitor the results of your activity. Thanks to its powerful filters, you will be able to know the trends of sales even from  a single table, in a precise period.

Ristomanager Statistics are critical to understand the strengths and risks of your business.

What immediately jumps to the eye when you view the Statistics of Ristomanager, is the completion of the data, which are displayed in a table of clear reading and easy consultation, accompanied in the lower part, by a graph with the trend of sales of a given period, which you can decide before generating the statistics.


The Ristomanager statistics allow you to filter data in various ways: you can first choose the type of “Sales” you want to consult, or “Fast Cash” or “Ordinations”, filter sales for a single table (option not available if you choose sales from “Cassa Veloce”), or consult those of a specific “Year”.

It is also possible to establish that the trend should follow the chart below, so you can know the sales of a whole year (previously selected from the appropriate menu) divided by month, or those of a specific month  which are selected  from the menu that appears choosing the ” “>” Monthly “trend.

All these filters can be easily combined, allowing you to know every detail of your business, for example getting to know the sales and even what was ordered by a hypothetical table called “Fantasia” in a single day of March 2015 .

You can finally choose the type of graph between “Histogram” and “Linear” depending on which you find easier to understand much better . Next to the graph, you will see a list of sales broken down by Months (if you have chosen the “Annual” Trend) or by Days (by choosing the “Monthly” Trend) with the total sales for that period.

In the blog you will find all this information along with many others, so we suggest you to take a look at it by clicking on the image in this same article.

Wishing you a good view, we will meet you at the next episode of our blog!

Ristomanager: how to insert photos of products.

Welcome back to the usual appointment with our Vlog by Ristomanager, focused this time on a particular aspect of the management of products and dishes within the software, namely the insertion of images of the products, to facilitate the functions of Cassa Fast and inclusion in the orders.

Let’s find out how to make the most of the opportunity to insert our images of the products that will accompany our dishes

As we have already mentioned previously in Vlog number 7, in which we have dealt with product placement, in Ristomanager it is possible to assign a specific image for each product, regardless of its Type (which as said are Warehouse or Dish). This function proves extremely useful for the immediate recognition of the various products inside the Cassa Veloce, a mode specifically designed for take-away service, but also useful in bars for ordering consumer products or why not, for example in the case where offer a list of the different cocktails available.


You can easily assign an image to the products, both in the moment in which they are created through the function dedicated to this purpose, and add them later to existing products; in this second case, simply access the product management function starting from the main interface and then modify the product or dish of your interest, then view the “Images” tab, within which you will have two comfortable options for assigning the image to the product.

The first option allows you to select one of the images already present in Ristomanager, with a wide selection of images divided into product categories and dishes, but you can also in any case choose images of your liking, carefully selected by yourself.

You can find more information, among other things easier to use, in the Vlog number 7, or you can always see our Official Guide, as always at the address:

 

Food Tech: over 40 percent of restaurant reservations are made online

The Internet now has  become an integral part of the world of catering, and you can be sure that this medium will be increasingly growing, especially if we look at the forecasts for the next few years; the online channel will win the race against the phone, as a means of making restaurant reservations.


The world of catering is constantly evolving, even when it comes to accept and adapting the  new trends to receive bookings. A few years ago the situation seemed unthinkable, however,  the digital world has imposed itself in restaurants, so that now you can not pretend anything anymore.

40% of restaurant reservations are received online, from dedicated platforms or directly from their site.

The Fork study has very relevant information for restaurants, which allow you to get a taste of how restaurateur’s confidence in online booking systems continues to grow every year. The convenience, speed or simply the strength of the habit of doing business via internet are just some of the reasons that have given great impact to the growth of restaurant reservations wich are made online and have made sure that you reach certain percentages.

However, the phone still continues to have a certain importance, so much so that still 52% of the restaurants that participated in this study prefer to receive reservations by phone, compared to 30% for receiving reservations, via online requests.

 

Nearly half of the respondents believe that online reservations for their restaurants have increased by 25% last year, which is a very good thing considering current industry data. Restorers’ confidence in online restaurant reservation systems has also grown; in this regard, 60% of respondents said they were satisfied with the services that offer web-based bookings and 22% consider it a good way to retain their customers.

The best 4 Italian restaurant chains in America

Italian cuisine in America: where to find it in big cities.

The best Italian restaurant chains in America is good that they know each other: they are the few places where you can really eat good Italian food. The others, often, are imitations or strange mixtures of the kitchen of the boot and American cuisine. It comes out as bizarre as chicken parmigiana (parmigiana chicken) or spaghetti with meatballs (spaghetti with meatballs) instead of the expensive meat sauce.

This culinary melting pot can undoubtedly also give interesting and entertaining results, as well as often having its own story. For example, some dishes were born when Italian migrants had to readjust their recipes to the ingredients available on the new continent. Others, however, are real experiments, dishes revisited in a fusion key. But where to eat, then, of authentic Italian food?

 

New York, 200 Fifth Avenue: Eataly New York

Not only of authentic Italian cuisine, but also with regional distinguishing debts. To characterize Eataly is the genuineness of the food, the selection and the freshness of the ingredients and, indeed, the respect of the regionalisms. So the oil is Pugliese, the Parmigiano Reggiano, the Genoese pesto, the Gragnano pasta and so on; accompanies, obviously, a careful selection of wines. The chain stems from an idea by Oscar Farinetti and you can find it also in some Italian cities. Among other good reasons to choose it, there is also the possibility to make purchases in the restaurant: many of the products on the menu are also sold in a special room. Eat Mediterranean food in the Big Apple? It can be. From Eataly!

 

Washington, 2029 P Street NW: Obelisk

Another city, another restaurant. In Washington we find Obelisk, a very famous restaurant that has been open since 1987. The menu is wide and appetizing, and draws on many traditional Italian cooking ingredients, even the most unusual: from grilled chicory to zucchini fritters to more traditional ravioli with sauce or roasted pig. A menu not only varied but also in continuous “updating”: every day of tasty and new proposals.

Coronado, California, 932 Orange Avenue: Spring Restaurant

At Primavera Ristorante excellence is fresh fish: seafood, squid, scampi and more, which you can enjoy either by ordering them from the menu for your meals, or in the “appetizers” version for an alternative happy hour. Beyond that, the recipes that characterize the best and traditional Italian cuisine, accompanied by good wine. And, since we find in the heart of California, not only Italian but also Californian wines!

 

Las Vegas, 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard: The Las Vegas Mill

Among the best Italian restaurant chains in America could not miss this. The Las Vegas Mill can also be found in New York, but if you are in the city of follies do not forget to visit. Nothing on the menu could make you suspect you are in America rather than in the peninsula: everything is strictly Italian, from appetizers, first courses, and main courses. If you are looking for a place in Vegas where you can eat a caprese salad (even if in a refined restaurant rather than in a trattoria), the Mulino is right for you.

 

Interview at the Hotel Ristorante Olimpia in Abbadia San Salvatore

Today on our blog we interview the owners of Albergo Ristorante Olimpia, Abbadia San Salvatore, in the province of Siena.

Let’s start immediately with a very simple question: at the Albergo Olimpia Restaurant, do you have any typical dish of the house?

Among the first courses, we have a tasty porcini mushroom soup, while for the latter we prepare a great roast with wild fennel, or if you prefer some excellent eggplant all’Olimpia. As for desserts instead, we have a delicious curly-haired ready to be enjoyed.

 

We remain on the subject of dishes, and we would like to ask you what are the dishes most requested by your customers?

Surely the most popular soups are homemade pasta.

 

A question that directly concerns the Albergo Ristorante Olimpia as a company: how long have you been open?

We have been in this business for 75 years.

 

And if any of our users wanted to reach you to taste your specialties, where should they go?

Our Albergo Ristorante Olimpia is located in the central area of ​​Abbadia San Salvatore in the province of Siena.

 

We also wondered if you also have a take-away service.

We have no such service at the moment.

 

Now let’s move on to a more technical question, concerning possible IT tools used by the Albergo Ristorante Olimpia: do you have a system to know the stock of your warehouse?

Yes, we have it because we are aware that always knowing stocks is a fundamental thing for every activity in our sector.

 

As for customers, do you have habituèe?

Indeed yes: it is always a pleasure to see that a customer becomes attached to our local.

 

Returning to talk about computer science, how do you take the orders in the hall? Do you use tablets or smartphones?

We at the Alberg0 Ristorante Olimpia are linked to tradition, so we prefer the old way with the waiter.

 

As for customer services, do you make home deliveries?

No, we prefer direct contact with our customers.

 

We thank the Albergo Ristorante Olimpia for your kind availability and patience in answering our questions, and we invite you to continue to follow our interviews with the various restaurant activities.

 

 

Capri New Style of Gallipoli, always inimitable

Today we have the pleasure to have as a welcome guest of our blog, Massimiliano Stamerra, owner of the Capri Restaurant New Style of Gallipoli, in the province of Lecce since 2005.

The activity of the Capri New Style was born from  the passion of its owner, a passion that led him to give  the bright lights of a city full of opportunities like Las Vegas, to invest everything in a basement of a small semi-dark alley and secondary course of Corso Roma, with the idea of ​​offering  a service that is different from usual; in fact, as Massimiliano loves to affirm, he is “like  always inimitable”, thanks to the intuire mix of hospitality, friendliness and friendship.

 

All this has led our Massimiliano and the “Capri New Style” to quickly establish itself in the surrounding area and beyond, taking advantage of the reputation of the “Bella Città” by definition and its special relationship with customers who come to visit it ,despite the difficulties in reaching Gallipoli.

Always in step with the needs of the catering market, the owner of the “Capri New Style” is constantly looking for new ingredients that also offer a good alternative for all those customers who have intolerances or special tastes, for which he offers doughs for gluten-free pizza, milk or yeast, with Kamut, Spelled or Hemp flour, multi-grain or whole.

Of course, all this can not ignore the quality of the ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil or 100% Italian wheat flour, carefully selected and acquired through the safest and most reliable suppliers.

 

In addition to the classic take-away service, which offers a very good pizza “by metro” and that is its real strength, the “Capri New Style” Pizzeria Restaurant has a large room that can accommodate up to 500 people. you can safely abandon yourself to the pleasure of a welcoming and lively environment and a large garden where you can breathe the typical festive atmosphere of the summer evenings gallipoline.

 

Furthermore, the “Capri New Style” is equipped with all the latest, most advanced and modern tools for the computerized management of in-room and warehouse orders; its staff, which can reach the 22 elements between waiters and boys, during the peak highs of affluence in the warm evenings typical of the Salento summers,has chosen among talented young people and offers a service as “always inimitable”, thanks to special handhelds for orders, which allow to speed up the ordering and communication operations with the pizza preparation station and the kitchen.

The advice of the editor of the Blog of Ristomanager.it is to try as soon as possible the quality and the welcoming atmosphere of “Capri New Style” and meet the owner Massimiliano Stamerra.