In the midst of ever-multiplying chain eateries, Gabriel's Pizza embraces its status as a mom-and-pop pizza joint. Though the restaurant boasts patio seating and exposed-brick walls, owners Charley and Allen Eisenmenger generally avoid frills and instead focus on perfecting a menu that brings together New York’s thin-crust pizzas and Chicago’s deep-dish pies. Their fresh dough never sees the inside of a freezer or kitchen igloo, and it takes on a whole new layer of taste when chefs coat it with the restaurant's signature sauce. They top specialty pies with USDA-certified meats and produce largely sourced from a Charleston vendor, gracing dough with accessories ranging from classic pepperoni to rich artichoke hearts. The chefs also craft entrees such as baked spaghetti and ravioli.
Pizza Hut opened in 1958 and continues to sling its famed hand-tossed, pan, thin, and stuffed-crust pizzas alongside a menu of snack-ready eats. Aspiring pizza artisans can build their own pizzas ($3.48–$3.57 for a personal pan cheese, including tax) choosing from any of the protein-packed meat toppings including pepperoni, ham, pork, beef, italian sausage, bacon pieces, and chicken. Use veggie toppings to augment a meaty meal, or craft a rounded garden cornucopia of mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, and banana peppers.
Family Table's menu spans every daily meal and American dish imaginable. It even includes some specialties from the Italian and Greek traditions, such as philosophy and pillared architecture. Along with classic burgers and meatloaf, the kitchen team cooks calzones, Italian pastas, and chicken souvlaki on pita.
A border of red, green, and white checkered tiles runs beneath the soup, salad, and pizza buffets that encourage sampling and culinary adventure, and breakfast is served all day.
Pizza ChaCha's menu of unique pies, served with a salad in the middle, sates hunger for leafy and cheesy eats simultaneously, and the attached coffee shop, Jitterz, percolates a wide variety of roasted beans. ChaCha’s crusty circlets arrive bejeweled with bacon, spicy diavolo pepperoni, tofu, pesto sauce, roasted corn and garlic, and more ($1.10 per topping on 12" pizza). Crusts are available in hand-tossed, thin, or gluten-free varieties, and signature central salads fill the delectable dough enclosure, mimicking the way the earth’s core is also a salad. Hoagies (from $6.50) sate more individualistic hungers, and a range of domestic and italian suds (from $2.75) salve cheese-singed tongues.
In 1978, brothers Eugene and John Jetts lent their name to the sign above their pizza shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In the more than 36 years that followed, they?ve lost one of the Ts but gained about 350 franchises across the country. Jet?s Pizza churns out thin-crust rounds and signature square-shaped pies in hearty deep-dish form. The eight-corner deep-dish style lets each member of a dining octet enjoy a slice of corner crust without fearing the paper cuts inherent in triangle slices. After loading pizzas with heaps of meats and veggies, guests have the liberty to flavorize their crust for free, choosing from eight options such as Jet's Turbo Crust, garlic, sesame seed, Cajun, or poppy seed. To augment pies, Jet's chefs whip up triple-cheese turbo sticks topped with mozzarella, cheddar, and romano as well as regular and boneless wings draped in hot or sweet sauces.
Most people recognize New York pizza by its thin, foldable shape. But when it comes to making a truly authentic New York-style pie, what goes on top is just as important. The chefs at Lucky's NY Style Pizza
know this, which is why they craft each pizza using only whole milk mozzarella and fresh toppings such as salami, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and ricotta cheese. They put just as much care and consideration into their other dishes, whether they're building a five-layer lasagna or hand-rolling dough pockets to create cheesy calzones. Even the humble slider gets an upgrade here, as the chefs swap out the beef patty for a homemade meatball and use a house-baked garlic roll in place of the traditional hamburger bun or donut hole.