The oven masters behind Guys Pizza Co. understand the benefit of making their pizza dough daily and topping their pies with fresh meats and hand-cut vegetables. Kids will happily eat anything that looks like pizza, but parents can feel comfortable giving them slices made with real flour and ingredients instead of preprocessed concoctions. They cover wide New York–style pies and deep Chicago-style crusts with custom combinations of toppings that range from classic pepperoni and mushrooms to roasted red peppers and gyro meat. They can even meet the demands of gluten-free diners or gluten-free Bond villains by making small and medium pizzas with a rice-flour crust. The pizza-makers have also tested a variety of specialty pies, including the loaded baked potato topped with white garlic sauce, smashed potatoes, bacon, and three types of cheese. They also cook up hearty panini-style sandwiches called Guyninis, calzones that serve up to 10 people, and stuffed s'mores desserts that pack gooey marshmallows and chocolate into a graham-cracker square.
Italo Ventura immigrated to the United States from his native Rome in 1965, taking up a tiny corner of his father-in-law's fruit market to set up a tiny pizza joint. Like a sleepwalking Teddy Roosevelt, Italo soon found himself living the American dream, taking business classes at night at Malone College while spending days at his pizzeria, eventually building his business to 13 stores with a combination of top-quality ingredients, carefully guarded sauce recipes, and hard work. Today, a loyal customer base chows down on Italo's homestyle spaghetti or baked lasagna and pepperoni rolls, while carving up slices of pizza pie topped with sausage, mushrooms, salami, and spicy peppers.
Since 1966, Italo's Pizza has presented diners with authentic Italian cuisine crafted from timeworn family recipes. Crust craftsmen knead and flatten fresh lumps of dough to remove pesky air bubbles and ensure slices don't levitate over dinner plates. Next, cooks swathe the pie foundation with sauce that contains a spice blend made especially for the restaurant, before festooning cheesy canvases with the customer's choice of topping. Italo's offers diners more than 15 pizza ornaments, including pizzeria fixtures such as pepperoni and mushrooms, as well as unique options including tuna and jalapeño peppers. Italo's meticulous pie prodigies also allow patrons to decide how their pizza should be cut, be it in slices, squares, or letterboxed director's versions.
Danny Boy's is a neighborhood, Rat Pack–themed Italian foodery with walls covered in records and photos of Frank Sinatra. Start a meal with garlic bread with cheese ($6.99) while perusing a classic Italian menu, which features salads, woogie melts, Rat Pack pizza starters, and more. The Hammy Davis Jr. stuffs sliced ham, ricotta, feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, house Italian dressing, cheddar, and crumbled bleu cheese into a baked doughy monument ($7.99). Frank's appetizer pizza pie is wall-to-wall EVOO, pepperoni, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, ricotta, and Italian spices ($8.99), and a plain cheese pizza ($9.99/six piece) can be customized with toppings, such as mushrooms, pineapple, and Canadian bacon. Uptown toppings, such as meatballs, artichoke hearts, and grilled shrimp ($1.50–$7.50) turn any standard disc into a visually stimulating feast.