In the kitchen at Mario’s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York–style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 19 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak or veal parmigiana, round out the menu.
Bill's Pizza Pub has a long history in the Spencer family, with the first location opening in the 1960s, when jukebox tunes and the flashing lights of a pinball machine mingled with restaurant chatter. Today, Donna Spencer, her husband, John, and their children manage two Bill's Pizza Pub locations. Though nearly 45 years have passed, the family continues to preserve those elements that first typified their eatery: handmade dough, pizza cut into squares, and a thriving social scene.
The menu compiles 14 specialty pizzas, from classics such as the margherita and the meat-peppered Bill's Feast to more inventive disks. The baked-potato pizza replaces tomato sauce with sour cream and sprinkles potato wedges, bacon, and onions over a bed of cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Wings, burgers, and submarine sandwiches provide ample alternatives to pies, and spaghetti dinners mix noodles with chicken parmesan and meatballs.
Its edible offerings might shift as new pizza experiments enter the fold, but Bill's remains married to its nostalgic ambiance. The restaurant's website collects stories from loyal patrons who describe their favorite memories, recounting first dates and that romantic moment when you realize that you both have pepperoni breath.
Back in 1974, three undergrad friends in Atlanta, Georgia had a simple objective: to find a creative, progressive environment where they could enjoy the college staples of pizza and beer. When their search concluded without a spot they loved, the trio decided to open their own eclectic pizza joint in a beat-up building near the Georgia Tech campus. Today, their psychedelic pizza restaurant has locations throughout the US, with each eschewing a cookie-cutter feel by creating its own unique vibe.
The chefs specialize in gourmet pizzas, which come in eclectic flavors such as blue cheese, shrimp, and andouille sausage or chicken, cucumbers, and Thai chili sauce. Also on the menu are hearty, crusty hoagies and calzones, each with customizable options that allow clients to try out pairing ideas or see if tempeh and meatballs can coexist without canceling out all of existence itself. The shop caters to a range of dietary restrictions, offering seven styles of tofu and tempeh and vegan cheese, as well as gluten-free crusts and dough. Meals can be paired with any of the shop?s craft brews.
When guests sink their teeth into a slice of Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, there is a taste beyond the fresh Wisconsin cheese and made-daily pizza dough: there?s the subtle yet unmistakable flavor of a real wood fire. The brick ovens torch the pies moments before servers whisk them to diners, who dig into pizzas that come adorned with roasted chicken or artichokes. The meals easily conform to special dietary requirements by swapping in substitute ingredients, such as gluten-free crusts, vegan cheeses, and toppings that don?t contain an odd number of vowels.