So successful were the three original Lamppost Pizza establishments that the eatery has grown to 37 locations since its inception in 1976. Friendliness and fun unite with the pizzeria's penchant for sports to make visits memorable. But as nice as big-screen TVs can be, the real magnetism of this haven for sauce and cheese lays in the pies spun in the kitchen. Beer and wine complement the menu, which also includes calzones, pastas, sandwiches, and grill fare such as burgers.
Serving fresh and speedy pies across America for more than 50 years, Little Caesars now sates impatient appetites and sauce-starved tongue buds worldwide. Select from cheese, sausage, or pepperoni on your two sumptuous, Hot-N-Ready large pizzas (a $5 value each), which are crafted from fresh dough disks that are made in-store every day and will be ready and waiting whenever the craving hits you. The accompanying order of eight Crazy bread sticks and tomato-based Crazy sauce (a $2.99 value) is perfect for completing the party or sating stomachs that have developed crust issues ever since they caught pizza sharing a plate with predressed salad.
The words "Fresh, Simple, Delicious" are written across each menu at Aria, and they aren't empty of meaning. Let's start with "Fresh"?the culinary team sources its sustainable ingredients locally and crafts each of its Italian dishes in-house, from the pasta down to the bread. Just one look around the high-ceilinged dining room, with its exposed brick walls and framed black-and-white photos, is enough to see where the "Simple" comes from. And there's no denying that delectable options such as the butternut squash risotto and pork tenderloins with mushroom ragu are anything but "Delicious." Pours from an extensive wine list complement meals, which typically end on a sweet note with a scoop of housemade gelato.
All of Rico's Italian Pizza's dough discs are tossed by hand before being slathered with sauce, strewn with fresh toppings, and baked to a bubbly golden brown. Create your own circular edible by choosing thin, medium, or thick crust, then picking toppings ($11.95+). Or, go for a prearranged pie, such as the generously topped Carnivore (pepperoni, salami, italian sausage, ground beef, linguica, and canadian bacon; $14.95). Take-and-bake pizzas await ovens where they can be incubated until their flavors hatch ($8.95–$9.95). Rico's menu also offers sandwiches and salads for people who don't like cutting circles into triangles. Plus, the restaurant's casual décor makes any meal there more relaxing than a picnic in a gutted bus at the bottom of a quarry.
The name Biggies Pizza & Wings isn’t an exaggeration. The cooks hand-toss fresh dough for pizzas as large as 26 inches across and then top the circular foundations with robustly flavored toppings such as chicken, bacon, and mushrooms. Specialty pies include the BLT and the Hawaiian Holiday, which piles canadian bacon and pineapple onto a style of crust that’s more commonly used to make hula dancers’ skirts. In addition to crafting pizzas, cooks toss regular and boneless chicken wings in sauces ranging from sweet chili to hot. To round out meals, patrons may opt to fill up their plates at the salad bar with single trips or unlimited pilgrimages.