Tossing dough disks since 1946, Sam's Pizzeria and Cantina whips up classic Italian standbys updated with the kitchen's own modern innovations. Pizza creations range from individual-size thin-crust offerings bearing various combinations of tomato sauce, mozzarella, seafood, and vegetable toppers to more shareable options ($9.65–$15.95). Among the latter, Sam's special presents a mélange of pepperoni, ham, and bacon garnished with mushrooms and green peppers ($19.50 for a medium), and The Mexican aims to satisfy Latin American cravings by incorporating salsa, sour cream, and telenovela-level emoting ($19.50).
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
Mancino's Pizza & Grinders mingles scratch-made bread and fresh, savory toppings to forge a warm bouquet of grinders and pizza. Multihued chandeliers hover like nosy rainbows over patrons entranced by the menu's 25 varieties of crusty excellence. The house-specialty italian grinder ($10.60 for an 18" sandwich) stuffs bills of ham, salami, sausage, and mushrooms into a freshly baked Italian wallet, and the crab and seafood grinder dons a seaworthy cheese mantle ($11 for an 18" sandwich). Mancino’s chefs pile the Bob Gregory pizza with steak, mushrooms, and A1 sauce ($11.50 for a 12"), and the taco pizza's onions, olives, and meat spurn crunchy casas for in favor of pillowy soft abodes ($13.95 for a 12"). A selection of more than 20 toppings allows free spirits to decorate dough canvasses ($8.70 for a 12" one-topping pizza) according to the eager prodding of mozzarella-festooned muses.