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A certified green restaurant, Amici’s Pizza combines environmentally sound practices with gourmet pizzas and martinis—an effort Jane Slaughter of Metrotimes calls, “virtuous […] without a hint of self-righteousness.” Slaughter is just one of many members of the press to praise Amici’s, which boasts a martini bar complete with recycled materials and non-toxic cleaning chemicals. The pizza is made with organic products whenever possible, arriving in vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free varieties dotted with ingredients such as black beans, smoked corn, and scallions or artichoke, spinach, and walnuts. Traditional, whole-wheat, thin, or gluten-free crusts are topped with a bevy of cheeses, including soy cheese for those who follow a dairy-free diet or are fearful of mozzarella's association with the dark arts.

Amici's staff do more than pull pies from the oven, though—bartenders mix up more than 60 martinis ranging from old favorites such as the sidecar to new inventions such as the pina-tini with rum, vanilla vodka, and pineapple juice. Guests can enjoy libations at the martini bar or while savoring fresh air on the spacious patio.

1160 Grant Street
Birmingham,
MI
US

Extreme Pizza is not your run-of-the-mill, ma-and-pa pizza shop. Here, the cooks pile their house-baked crusts with a slew of uncommon combinations, including the ginger-peanut-sauce-marinated chicken strewn across the Kickin? Chicken pizza, which is also topped with peanuts, green onions, swiss, fontina, mozzarella, and fresh cilantro. The Paia Pie may seem standard with pineapple and Canadian bacon, but the addition of mandarin oranges and its mozzarella-cheddar blend make it more unique than a unicorn with two horns. As an alternative to the pies, freshly baked calzones, creatively loaded salads, monster subs, and chicken wings also populate the menu.

1160 Grant St.
Birmingham,
MI
US