After spending years working for Dominos Pizza, Vince Schmuhl decided that he could do a better job of preparing and delivering quality pies to people's homes. He challenged the nationwide chain's dominance in the region by founding the first Blackjack Pizza on June 29, 1983.
Although delivering oven-fresh pies within 30 minutes was still a major goal for Schmuhl, he emphasized the importance of quality ingredients using sauce made from freshly packed tomatoes as well as hand-tossed dough that never sees the inside of a freezer or cryogenic chamber. This dedication to quality and speedy service allowed Blackjack Pizza to not only survive, but also thrive over the decades. The chain now includes more than 40 stores operating in four different states.
In addition to offering seven signature pies, Blackjack Pizza also allows customers to build their own order from crust to toppings. A choice of up to four savory, tangy, and piquant sauces form the base, topped with any of the 3 available cheeses, 7 meats, and 10 freshly diced vegetables. Regardless of the toppings, Blackjack Pizza respects the potential danger of food allergies by ensuring that none of its pies ever contain traces of MSG, peanuts, or peanut oil.
The staff at StevO's Pizza and Ribs doesn't waste time with maitre d's, valet parking, or by throwing away perfectly good clocks. They don't spurn these luxuries out of a lack of care for their customers, however; they feel time is better spent hand-tossing fresh pizza dough, feeding it into old-style deck ovens, and smoking fall-off-the-bone ribs and brisket over heaping piles of black walnut and oak. By putting their energy and resourcefulness into preparations and an emphasis on quality ingredients, chefs ensure each pie arrives fresh and bearing deliciously diverse toppings. They slather the pizzas with enhancements that range from traditional—bacon, broccoli, jalapeños—to exotic—mandarin oranges, mac 'n' cheese, peanut butter and jelly. Additionally, the pizza artists nail freshness by never weighing down pies with preservatives or artificial flavors.
The ovens at Joyce's Famous Pizza fire up seven days a week to bake fresh dough for the eatery?s sub sandwiches, filled calzones, and nine New York style specialty pizzas. Elsewhere in the kitchen, chefs toss crisp chef's salads with mushrooms, black olives, ham, and pepperoni and coat chicken wings with hot or barbecue sauce. Pasta specialties such as eggplant parmesan and lasagna help make the menu as well-rounded as a python after swallowing a beach ball.
This location of the nationwide chain is located on Aurora’s south side. Interesting fact: Old Chicago is neither terribly old nor actually located in Chicago. Instead, it was started back in 1976 in Boulder, CO. Old Chicago’s menu has something for every member of the family: an array of appetizers, taproom classics (fish and chips, toasted cheddar macaroni & cheese), stromboli, calzones and pizza. Pizzas are available in thin crust and deep dish. Select from classics or mix it up with fusion selections like Thai Pie. The kids menu contains favorites such as pizza, pasta, chicken fingers, sliders, and a cookie sundae. If you have a large group and dining in isn’t an option, you can pick up “Party To Go” packages containing pizza, non-pizza entrees, appetizers, salads, and desserts.
With an enthusiastic following of loyal customers, some for as long as 20 years, Mama Alvino’s Pizza has been feeding Aurora and is an institution here. Mama Alvino’s Pizza has a menu of appetizers, salads, pizzas, pastas, and hero sandwiches. Pizzas are rich with tomato sauce and grated mozzarella cheese. With an array of ingredients from which to select, it can be hard to figure out what to include. In that case, check out Mama Alvino’s combination pizzas which include Homestyle, Meateater, Veggie, Deluxe Combo and Meatball. If you’re really hungry, try the Deluxe Combo which contains the ingredients from Meateater and Veggie combo pizzas and weighs approximate five pounds. Open seven days a week for your convenience.
Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta makes real pizza. None of that generic bread, sauce, and cheese of a chain pizza place. No, Anthony’s stays true to its Italian roots, crafting pies that manage to perfectly offset the New York style with a unique touch of Colorado’s own take on this all-time Italian favorite. Each of their pizzas is made from scratch using only the highest quality pizza dough, made from just four ingredients: water, salt, flour, and yeast, because less is more. Anthony’s also insists on using chunks of hand-shredded whole milk mozzarella to keep their crust from getting soggy, never compromising the formula that they managed to perfect all those years ago.