Most popular pizza crust types

  • Par-baked crust
  • White dough ball
  • Caputo Italian flour dough ball
  • Flatbread

Par-baked crust: convenience and consistency

The par-baked crust, also known as the partially baked crust is, as the name implies, a product that is partially baked to your specific needs. Par-baked crusts are associated with two key characteristics: convenience and consistency.

Firstly, a par-baked crust is convenient because you simply take them from the freezer, thaw it for minutes (as opposed to hours in the case of the dough ball) and it’s ready to use. This is especially important in busy operations where there is little time for proofing or training workers to handle and roll a dough ball.

Secondly, when you think of par-baked crusts, think of consistency. Because we partially bake the dough, the product is essentially tailor-made to your specific needs in terms of size, texture and shape. Even without skilled workers to roll it, the par-baked crust will yield the same, consistent result each and every time.

Quick facts

  • Shelf life: very long, up to 8 months depending on some variables
  • Convenience: very quick and convenient; does not require skilled labour
  • Proofing: none required
  • Oven type: any oven or baking apparatus is fine to use
  • Operation type: restaurant, grocery store, convenience store, traditional pizza stores
  • Creations: thin & crispy pizzas

Mimi Foods Par-Baked Crusts are made with purified water and all-natural ingredients and range in sizes from 8” to 16”, as well as 12” x 9” and 12” x 17”.

White Dough Ball: versatility and craftsmanship

The top of the totem pole when it comes to getting the highest quality product, the dough ball requires craftsmanship and creativity, but it yields the best results. The dough ball is best handled by skilled pizza makers, although anyone can be trained to handle it, with a little TLC. When incorporating the dough ball into your operation, you will quickly see the advantages of its versatility.

Think beyond pizza with products like Panzerotti, Calzone, Stromboli or flatbreads. Unlike the par-baked crust, the dough ball gives you full control over the proofing stage, meaning that you get to create your own texture.

Caputo Italian Flour Dough Ball: from Italy to your kitchen

For the most authentic, wood burning oven dough, the Caputo Italian Flour Dough Ball made with Italy’s premium Caputo “00” flour is the way to go. This artisan-style dough reaches maximum performance when it comes to flavor, texture and authenticity. Bake it in a brick oven for an unmistakable taste, directly from Italy to your kitchen.

Quick facts

  • Shelf life: medium, up to 6 months
  • Convenience: requires skilled labor to handle it, yields a variety of versatile products, requires storage and freezer space
  • Proofing:
    • Proof 80% for a dense texture (example: breads).
    • Proof 100% for a full texture (example: pizza crust).
    • Proof 110% for a crispy, drier textured dough
  • Oven type: can be baked in any style of baking equipment that you may use. For the authentic wood burning flavor and texture, use a brick oven.
  • Operation type: more specialty pizza restaurants
  • Creations: Neapolitan Style Pizza, Panzerotti, Calzone, Appetizers, Personal Pizzas, Stromboli

Mimi Foods Pizza Dough Balls are made with purified water and all-natural ingredients and range in weights from 1 oz to 40 oz. The Caputo Dough Balls range in weights from 8 6 oz to 25 oz.

Interested in reading more about Dough Balls and Par-baked Crusts? See our blog where we discuss the pros and cons of each in detail: Dough Ball or Par Baked Crust: Which one is suited for your type of operation?

Flatbreads: healthy and flavorful 

Flatbreads stand out for their artisanal appeal and flavor versatility. Easy to infuse with almost any spice and herb mixture, flatbreads are also convenient and easy to serve, as they thaw and bake quickly.

Flatbreads are excellent products for limited time offers, seasonal dishes, appetizers, and can also be used as sandwich wraps. In addition to being a remarkably versatile product, flatbreads fit perfectly with health conscious consumers, since they are considerably thinner and lighter than traditional pizza dough.

Quick facts

  • Shelf life: long, up to 8 months
  • Convenience: easy to bake and serve, requires little time for baking and proofing
  • Proofing: none required
  • Oven type: any oven
  • Operation type: almost any type of operation wanting to diversify the menu
  • Creations: appetizers, wraps, sandwiches, healthy pizzas

Mimi Foods Flatbreads come in white, whole wheat, multigrain, garlic & rosemary.

Although each crust yields excellent results, deciding which one is best for your type of operation depends on factors such as time, convenience, available resources and desired end product. At MiMi Foods, we are happy to discuss your goals and create a unique product tailored to your needs. Contact us at 905-660-0010 or email us at

Pizza for Millennials Part 3: Top 3 Dough Types for Menu Diversification

Pizza for Millennials Part 3

MiMi’s Pizza for Millennials is an 8 part blog series. We will be discussing the hottest trends dictated by the rapidly growing market segment that shook up the entire pizza industry: the millennials.

In this article, we will discuss 3 dough types that the Grocery and Foodservice industries should consider when planning a new addition to the menu.  Our top 3 addresses the gourmet, healthy eating and fast casual trends.

Top 3 dough types for menu diversification (and what trends they fit with)

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Article Highlights: 

  1. Focaccia: the authentic, Italian-style, all time classic that fits with the gourmet eating trend
  2. Flatbread: the understated, fine dining, better-for-you choice that fits with the healthy eating trend
  3. Panouzzo: the Italian twist on classic sandwich bread that fits with the fast casual trend

Traditional style pizza dough has its own well-known competitive advantage, but when you’re looking to diversify the menu, the type of dough you use can make a world of a difference.

Spicing up the menu comes in many shapes, textures and flavours, so when you’re planning your next best-selling dish, don’t stop at the toppings.

Here are 3 dough types for menu diversification that will work great for the Grocery and Foodservice industries who are looking to attract a new, dynamic kind of clientele: Millennials.

1. Focaccia: the authentic, Italian-style, all time classic

Fits with: the gourmet eating trend

Focaccia with sliced potatoes and balsamic caramelized onions
An authentic Italian-style focaccia topped with slow roasted sliced potatoes and balsamic caramelized onions.

Dive right into this authentic, Italian-style dish! The Focaccia is an all-time favourite and gets the first spot in our top picks due to its versatility; you may tailor it to the menu as an appetizer, entrée, side dish, standalone snack or even as a sandwich bread! Although similar to pizza dough, focaccia is different in texture, with a moist, cakelike interior and is served with fewer toppings.

How to top it: traditional Italian toppings include olive oil, herbs, salt, tomatoes, onions and olives.

MiMi Tip: A non-conventional way of serving focaccia: turn it into sandwich bread!

How to market it: Focaccias appeal to consumers who want to explore authentic Italian dishes and the thousands years of rich history behind them.  Focaccia fits in the gourmet eating trend.

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, side dish, or snack

MiMi’s focaccias: Pomodoro Sauce, Greek (feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes), potato/ rosemary, pepper medley and sizes: (6 x 9, 7 x 7, 12 x 9, 14 x 7)

MiMi’s stuffed focaccias: jalapeno & cheddar/ mozzarella, black olives/ onions & mozzarella and Pomodoro Sauce & Mozarella in sizes 12 x 4 and 6 x 9.

2. Flatbread: the understated, fine dining, better-for-you choice

Fits with: the healthy eating trend

Flatbreads are perfect as appetizers, entrees and even desserts!

This versatile piece gets the second spot in our countdown since it not only reduces baking times significantly, but it can completely transform even the most traditional dishes. Serving pizza on a thin, flatbread crust instantly creates a sophisticated dish.

How to top it: For a crust as simple as the flatbread, try bold, gourmet toppings like: artichokes, jalapeno peppers, arugula, avocado, Gouda cheese, steak or chorizo.

MiMi Tip: Put an understated, artisan-style spin on the classic Margherita pizza by serving it on a flatbread crust!

How to market it: Flatbreads fit perfectly with the health conscious consumers, since they are considerably thinner and lighter than traditional pizza dough. Flatbreads are also a wonderful choice to upgrade your menu for a fine dining experience.

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, dessert

MiMi’s flatbreads: white, whole wheat, multigrain, garlic & rosemary, sundried tomato & basil, jalapeno & cheddar

3. Panouzzo: the Italian twist on classic sandwich bread

Fits with: the fast casual trend

Panouzzo Sandwich Bread
Elevate your on-the-go sandwiches!

Panouzzo is the combination of Focaccia and Calzone, turned into the perfect sandwich bread. Our very own Panouzzo has the same texture and delightful aroma of our famous award winning Focaccia!

Take the sandwich menu to a whole new level of crispiness by replacing traditional sandwich bread with this flavourful alternative.  Put your own spin on this purely Italian invention from the Campania region!

How to top it: use your choice of fresh meats, cheeses and an array of vegetables! Just like with any sandwich bread, the sky is your limit.

How to market it: The Panouzzo is a great match to the growing fast casual trend. Elevate your on-the-go sandwiches with this gourmet bread!

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, dessert

MiMi Tip: Use your imagination to turn sandwich bread into an irresistible dessert item! Here’s our take on it: stuff the Panouzzo with Nutella, vanilla ice-cream and bananas!

MiMi’s Panouzzos: Sliders 2” x 2”, Burger 4” x 4”, Sandwich 4” x 6”, Hot Dog 3” x 6”, Long 5” x 18” and Garlic Spread 12” x 4”.

Bottom line? Dough is an essential element in menu diversification, as it can help your business stay in line with the latest trends of the industry! For best results, put your own creative spin on these versatile products!

For more information regarding MiMi Foods products, contact us at or 905-660-0010.