Hungry Howie’s grew into a nation-spanning franchise from a humble start in Taylor, Michigan in 1973, when founder Jim Hearn converted a hamburger stand into a pizzeria. With the help of business partner Steve Jackson––who started as a delivery man at the original location––the two men franchised a decade later and began expanding their delicious operation, resulting in nearly 600 locations spread across 24 states in the 3rd dimension alone. Almost 40 years after its start, Hungry Howie’s continues to earn the most attention for its specialty flavored crust pizzas––which infuse dough with a choice of eight seasonings such as ranch or garlic herb––as well as zesty pizza accompaniments such as oven-baked meatball and chicken parm subs.
Owner Jeff Cohen can still be found manning The Pizza Loft’s line more than 30 years after its inception, dishing up a menu of made-to-order Italian cuisine in an ultramodern kitchen wholly devoid of deep fryers and microwaves. Crafted by hand and topped with a robust homemade tomato sauce, the Loft’s piping panoply of pizzas is doughy shores bedecked with 100% real dairy mozzarella, fresh veggies, and hearty servings of sliced meatballs, ham, and sausage ($10.95+). Diners can scale the lasagna’s precarious layers, fixing pickaxes into its meat-packed peaks while scooping up the aromatic avalanche of a rich mushroom sauce ($11.95+). Plates of eggplant parmigiana, like Italy's organically grown supermodels, tastefully swathe themselves in stylish shrouds of spaghetti noodles ($13.95), and penne pasta dishes come sautéed-to-order in fragrant lochs of garlic butter or alfredo sauce ($9.95+).
Although best known for its hand-tossed pizzas made from dough baked fresh daily, Esposito's Pizza complements its marinara-doused mandalas with a delectable array of Italianate appetizers and entrees. The Four Seasons pizza (14", $17.49) arranges a baroque quartet of artichoke, mushrooms, ham, and onion atop a stage of cheese, and the meat-combo pizza (14", $17.49) packs in enough animal flesh to legally be considered livestock. Otherwise, put an artist's signature on your own pizza ($8+) by pairing pepperoni, spinach, and mushrooms with more adventurous flavors such as pineapple, jalapeños, and moon rock. Esposito's accommodates boot-shaped appetites as well as circular ones with the Taste of Italy's tour of chicken-cutlet parmigiana, meatballs, and baked ziti ($15.95).
Liguori's Fired Up serves up hot and delicious pizza in a casual dining environment.
Liguori's Fired Up does not prepare their menu with low-fat items, though, so those following a strict diet may have better luck elsewhere.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Liguori's Fired Up has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Liguori's Fired Up.
Liguori's Fired Up can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Folks tend to dress down at Liguori's Fired Up, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the pizzeria.
Through their catering service, Liguori's Fired Up can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Liguori's Fired Up will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Liguori's Fired Up's diners.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Liguori's Fired Up has to offer.
Liguori's Fired Up offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Pizza Heaven is a fantastic spot to grab a quick slice.
For healthy meals low in fat, check out Pizza Heaven.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Parents appreciate Pizza Heaven's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
At Pizza Heaven, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
No need to dress up for a trip to Pizza Heaven — the casual pizzeria encourages laid-back attire.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from Pizza Heaven.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Pizza Heaven cater for you.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Pizza Heaven.
Pizza Heaven is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Amore Gourmet Pizza serves up hot and delicious pizza in a casual dining environment.
Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Amore Gourmet Pizza.
Amore Gourmet Pizza is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Be sure to check out Amore Gourmet Pizza's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Amore Gourmet Pizza — it's strictly casual.
Amore Gourmet Pizza offers convenient carry out and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the pizzeria space.
Bring the Amore Gourmet Pizza's great food to your place.
The lot adjacent to Amore Gourmet Pizza provides free parking for diners.
Amore Gourmet Pizza is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the pizzeria, but the dinner menu is the real standout.