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.
Hand-tossed pizza was once as common as bowler hats and retirement benefits. The pies on Bow Mar's menu resurrect this lost American tradition with sauce and dough made in house and a taste as fresh as a brand-new set of bocce balls. Get three to ten toppings on a full-fledged pizza for $9.99, or stick to cheese for $6.99 (cheese sticks are $3.99–$4.99). A meat-feast specialty pie ($9.99) comes with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, and meatballs. If one is your loneliest number, personal pizzas provide ample company ($3.49–$4.49). For more-three-dimensional sustenance, try 10 hot-'n'-spicy or honey-barbecue wings ($6.99), an 8-inch Italian beef or meatball sub ($5.99), or a large garden salad ($3.99).
With a signature pizza size called the Monster, you’d expect Pudge Brothers Pizza to be more focused on quantity than quality. But in fact, the chefs create their signature varieties of hand-tossed pies by blending together the flavors of three sauces, a range of meats, and fresh veggies. From within sizzling ovens, chefs pull out creations such as the Jersey Girl—a pizza featuring italian sausage and green peppers—or the White Delight—a ham, chicken, and garlic-sauce combination. Pies range in size from 10 inches to 18 inches, with a range of garlic bread, wings, and cinnamon bread to fill in a meal. The shop also offers delivery service, ensuring clients can have a hot, hearty meal when time is short or when the paparazzi won’t leave their front yard.
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.