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.
Citysearchers give Romano's Italian Restaurant in Littleton a 4.5-star average, and Yelpers give the same location a four-star average. Four Yelpers give the Highlands Ranch location a 4.5-star average. Eighty-one percent of Urbanspooners like the Littleton location, and 70% of Urbanspooners like the Highlands Ranch location:
Robert Perella and his staff of talented chefs serve up appetizing feasts of crowd-pleasing Italian and pizzeria fare. Cooks diligently fashion each mouthwatering pizza with the crispy-thin crust and charming vocal accents of New York and East Coast pies, tantalizing palates alongside fresh, verdant salads and garlicky treats. In addition to dishing out classic, Empire State–style pizzas, Perella's provisions feastings with hearty sandwiches, such as a full-size meatball parmesan or tasty pasta meals, such as the meaty ziti or meat lasagna. As guests sup on Italian treats, pours of house vino or frosty brews complement dinners like impromptu bouts of dancing complement a senatorial debate.
Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto), and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, extra-large $14.99; each additional topping for a large is $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon; $18.99 for large, $21.99 for extra-large), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar; $18.99 for large, $21.99 for extra-large).