Urban Pizza's chefs slather dough with sauce, cheese, and toppings, but stop short of the oven. From here, customers take over, inserting the uncooked pies into a home oven or Mount Doom. Urban Pizza prides itself on the freshness of its take-and-bake pies, slathering each one in a traditional Italian sauce or a white sauce infused with garlic and ranch. Upon this foundation, they layer meats, veggies, and cheeses. They tread on gourmet territory with add-ons including artichoke hearts and spinach and appeal to lighter tastes with freshly tossed salads. The majority of desserts combine nuggets of candy and swirls of ice cream. Among more decadent options, Urban Pizza's chocolate-covered cheesecake wears a dense, dark coat of molten chocolate.
For more than 40 years, Vitale’s Pizza’s staff has baked hand-tossed specialty pizzas loaded with a subset of more than 20 toppings. The capicola-laden Italiano pizza presents a cuisine sample of Europe’s most Italian-speaking peninsula, whereas the taco pizza’s tomato-, olive-, and onion-loaded slices offer a Mexican-styled culinary experience within the eatery’s seven-table dining area. To complement the restaurant’s syllabus of specialty pies, the oven-baked roast-beef sub quells belly rumblings with mayo and fresh mozzarella, and a bowl of spaghetti with the house’s signature meat sauce acts as an inconspicuous treasure vault for a shoestring thief.
Michael Raymond, owner of Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery, has had a long relationship with the food industry. He can relate to any driver of an armored vehicle who long fantasized of one day manufacturing the gold bricks inside—while selling corrugated pizza boxes in West Michigan, Raymond dreamed of opening his own pizzeria, which he did in 2004. After many requests to incorporate fresh, local ingredients into his pizzas, he and his crew are able to top housemade crusts with locally acquired vegetables and meats procured from local butchers. Those ingredients inform the flavor of 19 specialty pies and 20 specialty subs.
Four side-by-side projectors line the wall at Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante, above cozy booths where guests feast on specialty pizzas, burgers, and pastas. The sports bar keeps game watching covered with additional televisions hanging above the bar. Along with draft beers, guests can also get growlers of their favorite brews.
No two pizzas are created alike, but most of them look about the same. Not so at Jet?s Pizza, a carry-out and delivery-only establishment created in 1978 by brothers Eugene and John Jetts?their signature pie layers tomato or barbecue sauce and melted mozzarella cheese within the crispy, brown right angles of a deep-dish square crust. But the crust?s charms don?t end there; diners can ?flavorize? it for free with seasonings such as shredded parmesan or the Turbo Crust, a blend of butter, garlic, and romano. These extras are what make Jet?s pizzas special; John Jetts says ?If you're eating one of our pizzas and you don't have a smile on your face, then something is wrong." In addition to pies, Jet?s serves four flavors of chicken wings, subs, and breadsticks at locations spread across 13 states and two extrasolar planets.
The family that owns and operates Roberto's Pizza prepares savory pies and Italian dishes following their own time-tested recipes. Pizza options range from the BLT pizza with mayonnaise to the more traditional Sicilian pizza with ham, artichokes, olive oil, oregano, and mozzarella. Hot subs, fresh salads, and Mexican dishes are a few other specialties. For dessert, try an italian ice or cannoli made with fresh ricotta cheese.