In creating Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, the owners sought to combine an upscale dining experience with tasty casual food, and so they came up with a foolproof formula: wood-fired brick ovens plus craft beers and microbrews. The ovens are used to create more than 22 specialty pizzas that come adorned with traditional Italian-style toppings or fun twists such as buffalo chicken, pimento cheese, or classic Thai flavors. To cater to everyone, they prepare their pies with traditional, whole-wheat, or gluten-free crust and aim to always have vegan cheese in the kitchen.
Just Pizza—family-owned for two generations—houses an old-fashioned brick oven, which slowly bakes hand-tossed pies to a chewy, crispy finish that occupies a happy medium between thin crust and deep dish. On February 5, the sports-minded staff supplies get-togethers with enough party fare to fuel marathon cheering sessions or celebrations lasting one hour for each year the president—the first president—has aged. Two large pies support a duo of toppings—such as pepperoni, hot dogs, or jalapenos—under a turf of stringy, gooey mozzarella. Between slices, guests can run routes around their fellow diners while clutching a basket of cheesy breadsticks and diving toward frosty two-liters of soda sitting on the table.
Flat-screen TVs display the game at Corner Slice's wood-paneled bar, where 10 bottled brews and 14 drafts, such as SweetWater IPA and Duck-Rabbit milk stout, fuel game-day cheers. Specialty pizzas including the Archer—with roasted red-pepper sauce, chicken, bacon, and red onions—anchor the menu (diners can also build their own or order by the slice). Though appetizers include sports-bar classics such as chicken wings and potato skins, the kitchen also sends forth innovative starters, such as baked breaded mac ‘n’ cheese bites and three flavors of crab dip. Patrons are welcome to munch oven-toasted subs, saucy wings, and pita wraps out on the patio tables, which are shaded from the jealous stares of passing birds by umbrellas.
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, and patrons who finish every variety receive an engraved mug, discounts, and a handshake from an employee dressed as Adolph Coors.
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.
Amante Gourmet Pizza’s dedicated chefs hand twirl more than 20 specialty pizzas prepared without additives, preservatives, optical illusions, or artificial coloring. The prosciutto italiano pizza ($14.50 for a medium; $16.99 for a large) crowns its crisp shell with mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and imported prosciutto, and the la giardino ($14.50 for a medium; $16.99 for a large) garnishes a whole-wheat crust with garden-fresh toppings, including red and white onions, mushrooms, and roma tomatoes. Chefs jazz up a traditional hawaiian pizza ($12.75 for a medium; $15.49 for a large) with juicy mandarin-orange slices, and tone down the robust flavors of garlic, goat cheese, and basil with a drizzle of honey to create the Lolita ($13.75 for a medium; $16.49 for a large). Amante’s menu also includes a large selection of sandwiches stacked on freshly baked bread ($5.49–$7.75), as well as create-your-own pizzas and calzones (pizzas, $5.99+; calzones, $6.75+), customizable with seven sauces, 10 cheeses, 24 fruits and vegetables, and dozens of trendy nicknames.