From the moment Bob and Rose opened Wayne's Pizza in 1964, they've stood by an unwavering commitment to fresh ingredients and from-scratch recipes. "We would never think of serving you mushrooms from a can," the duo declares on their web site. They'd also never consider a jarred spaghetti sauce—the marinara here is made with a recipe that's been in Rose's family for generations. And those chowing down on the lasagna have Rose's Grandma Rose and Aunt Dolly to thank for the recipe. Even the ribs are one-of-a-kind here, dredged in a spice blend unique to Wayne's. Rose and Bob's son Tony took over the family business in 2012, and though his parents have retired to cheesier pastures, their tradition of friendliness and freshness lives on: "A Wayne's Pizza customer," they promise, "is a lifelong, forever friend."
Specializing in thick, Sicilian–style deep-dish pizza, Jet's has indulged palates since 1978, when the eponymous Jetts brothers opened the first joint in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Crusts buckle under the weight of mozzarella cheese and toppings such as grilled chicken and black olives, accompanied by sides such as hot wings, cinnamon sticks, or Jet's Bread topped with cheese, garlic, and butter. Stacks of meat and veggies pile onto piping-hot subs, and a variety of healthy salads helps to avoid the wrath of the Food Pyramid's ancient golems armed with giant wooden tongs.
Working late into the evening, the doughmasters at Donny's Pizzeria flip fresh ingredients into Chicago–style deep-dish, stuffed, pan, traditional thin-crust, and double-decker pizzas. The kitchen's passion for overstuffing also shows up in baked pasta shells, ravioli, and tortellini packed with imported cheeses. The most decadent corners of the menu harbor treats including deep-fried Oreos and the much-lauded Epic pizza, a 20"x50" pie that can serve 25–35 people or serve as a small cot.
Dissatisfied with the slices of pie at fast-food joints, CravePizza owner Rafael tinkered with recipes for savory dough and hearty tomato sauce until he was satisfied. He opened CravePizza to craft pies from the basic foundation of buttery-crust dough, custom-spiced sauce, and a house blend of cheese. Three chefs with 40 years of collective experience toss thin, pan, or stuffed pies and top them with traditional meats and vegetables, as well as unexpected options such as roast beef, shrimp, and cilantro. The family-friendly restaurant welcomes customers dining in to enjoy a drink from the full bar, and delivery and pickup orders receive the same piping-hot fare with a free box.
What do metal fans, Motown fans, and sports fans have in common? They all feel at home at Ye Olde Town Inn, where the music is just as satisfying as the menu's Mile High Burger. Past-show posters display lot of skulls, but every Wednesday night, a band called Brass from the Past conjures favorite funk, R&B, and swing tunes. If there's no band playing, Inn diners can wipe the pizza sauce off their fingers and pull up a song on the jukebox. Or, they can opt to play games on the big-screen Wii or video poker machine instead. Some gather simply to watch games on TV, rooting for favorite teams and fashioning orders of spaghetti into makeshift pompoms.