G's Pizzeria has always been about family. It started as a mom-and-pop pizzeria founded by the Gealy family's very own mom and pop, Sharon and Arthur. And as G's grew into a franchise, that tradition only strengthened, with new members of the family joining the business. Other traditions remain alive and well here, too, such as the family's breadstick recipe (freshly baked spears topped with garlic butter and parmesan cheese) and, of course, the pizzas, all made with a secret dough and sauce recipe. But not everything at G's is strictly traditional; just look further down the menu, where you'll find Mexican-inspired burritos, nachos, and quesadillas.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
In 1972, the Mannino family got a Christmas gift they’ll never forget: a pizza parlor. Today, it’s still operated by the family of Joseph and Pietrina Mannino and continues to serve pizzas, pastas, and barbecue chicken and ribs. Their carryout and delivery menu, available seven days a week, makes hosting game day parties rather easy, and the catering menu accommodates larger parties. For instance, their taco bars and pasta platters can feed the entire city of Detroit, if 99% of Detroit’s citizens go on vacation at the same time.
Jet’s Pizza—ranked among the best-selling pizza franchises in 2010 by PMQ Pizza Magazine—has exploded with more than 200 locations since brothers Eugene and John Jetts opened their first shop in 1978. The menu teems with customizable pies ($9.89 for large), each built on traditional hand-tossed crust, thin crust, or deep-dish crust, available in eight flavors such as poppy seed, Cajun, and garlic. Chefs fling dough disks into as the air while Olympic shooters blast the flying, red-sauced rectangles with one of 18 available toppings ($1.49 each on large pizza). Various 8-inch subs also pay visits to hungry mouths, toting bready luggage stuffed with a range of warm meats and cheeses ($5.99). Before digging into a main dish, share an order of bubbly, triple-cheese Turbo Stix, which come topped with mozzarella, cheddar, romano, garlic, and butter ($5.99 for 12 pieces) and are served with pizza sauce perfect for dipping or drawing designs on crisp dress shirts.
Zaa! Simply Unique Pizza's oven technicians build their menu of eclectic pizzas on a foundation of thin, fresh crusts. After artisan pies are smothered with cheese sliced daily and a bounty of toppings, staff swiftly deliver steaming pizzas—such as the spinach-and garlic-coated Popeye Zaa ($9 for medium, $14 for large)—to tables. The Woodward Ave Zaa ($9 for medium, $14 for large) piles charred pepperoni, meatballs, and jalapeños upon its base like a general mounting tiny weapons on his cap. Each customizable Neapolitan creation can be strewn with salami or ornamented with artichoke hearts ($1 on medium, $2 on large). An array of Zaandwiches ($7.25) fit delectable barbecue chicken or veggies inside eminently portable bread casings.