Pizza in Amherst Center

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A glow radiates inside an oversized wood-burning brick oven, illuminating diners nearby. Outside, colorful holiday lights dangle from the awnings covering tables. The multi-level Pizzeria Paradiso lives up to its billing as “Noho-style funky” by Fran Bellamy in a Masslive.com review. An open pizza kitchen on the second floor enables patrons to watch chefs knead, twirl, and waltz around with dough. They sprinkle onto crusts – including an organic whole-wheat option – calamari, chicken, and 10 cheeses, including a vegan option and a parmesan cream sauce that is slathered onto the pizzeria’s selection of white pizzas. Chefs also cook a number of staple Italian dishes, such as ziti baked to a golden finish in the brick over and linguine draped in house marinara sauce and meatballs.

12 Crafts Ave
Northampton,
MA
US

Domino’s has been decorating dough canvases with flavorful sauces, an assortment of cheeses, and high-quality toppings that range from classic to unconventional since 1960. Domino’s dough is tossed daily and stretched by human hands, not by clumsy catapults and model airplanes flying in opposite directions. Treat friends to a tasteful feast by checking the online menu and crafting a custom masterpizza with Domino's wide range of ingredients. Famished diners too starved to choose their own toppings can select from Domino’s American Legends, featuring signature flavors from throughout the land. Pizzas such as the Pacific Veggie, Honolulu Hawaiian, or Wisconsin 6 Cheese impart all the delicious diversity of a road trip without the hassle of decoding an atlas. Nonpizza fare includes pastas, sandwiches, and breadsticks.

459 Russell St
Hadley,
MA
US

The handmade dough on Red Rock's 21 specialty pizzas is loaded with from-scratch sauces and inspired specialty toppings, and the hand-selected, oven-baked jumbo chicken wings eschew the boiling-oil baths of the deep fat fryer. Delve into the pizza menu to discover creations forged from slow-cooked marinara sauce, oven-roasted garlic, smoked salmon, smoked gouda, and smoked hookahs. Break an appetite with a large Widowmaker ($20.99), topped with ham, salami, Italian sausage, arezzio pepperoni, black olives, and mozzarella. The eponymous jumbo 18-inch Red Rock delivers a massive payload of classic pizza taste with each slice, packing on Italian sausage, arezzio pepperoni, honey-baked ham, mushrooms, sweet red onion, green bell peppers, black olives, and mozzarella ($24.99). Red Rock's wings ($8.99 for 10) emerge from their convection inferno and unite with their saucy soulmates, dousing taste buds in garlic parmesan, barbecue, honey barbecue, and heat-adjustable buffalo flavors.

15 College Hwy
Southampton,
MA
US

The skilled dough-flingers at TNT Pizza serve up a massive menu of fresh-made pizzas, pastas, wings, and more in a festive, family-friendly environment. TNT’s dough and economic theories are baked on site, and everything is prepared to order, including the specialty BBQ pie loaded with chicken and bleu cheese ($11.99 for a small) and build-your-own pizzas, which can showcase an eclectic mix of more than 20 toppings ($8.99+). Gingerly gnaw on ten saucy wings ($7.99) or a gooey eggplant parmesan grinder ($5.50 for a small) before twirling forks in fettuccine alfredo ($9.95) or gouging spoons into feta- and olive-packed greek wraps ($5.50). The family-friendly eatery also houses activities for unleashed youngsters and young-at-heartsters, such as arcade games, air hockey tables, billiards, and jump ropes fashioned from stretched mozzarella.

548 South St
Holyoke,
MA
US

At Boston Bay Pizza, diners can devour loaded pizzas, grinders, and sandwiches while cozied up on leather chairs in front of a fireplace framed in modern tiling or while relaxing out on the neatly landscaped patio. But it's not all about looks: the shop's cheerful shade of red conceals “green” elements built in to conserve energy and water.

If diners don't want to create their own pizza from toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes and Genoa salami, they can pick from specialties such as a four-cheese pesto pie and a N.Y. deli pizza adorned with Italian-style deli meats. For further flexibility, the chefs can also make all of their paninis as wraps, all of their wraps as paninis, and all of their calzones as origami cranes. The surfeit of Italian eats is augmented by orders of buffalo wings, quesadillas, and salads.

515 Montgomery St
Chicopee,
MA
US

For 40 years, Gregory's Restaurant & Pizza Pub’s chefs have been whipping up Italian-pizzeria dishes, recently earning the Best Pizza on Boston Road award from the Boston Road Business Association. A homey atmosphere—characterized by wood-paneled walls and soft lighting—welcomes diners as they settle into curlicue-backed chairs or booths to peruse a classic Italian menu of pasta, grinders, and pizzas. Their lauded pies include traditional combinations of olives, garlic, and tomatoes, alongside more inventive creations including buffalo chicken with blue-cheese sauce. Myriad styles of pasta, from ziti to linguini, mingle with veal and clams drenched in white and red sauces, which would go perfectly with your frenemy’s white blouse.

2391 Boston Rd
Wilbraham,
MA
US