From its humble beginnings in 1959, Little Caesars has stretched its cheesy empire from coast to coast, doling out trademark deep-dish pizzas, sauce-drenched wings, and cheesy bread. In keeping with its history as a forward-looking franchise, Little Caesars has cooked up an iPhone application that highlights popular menu items and shoots out piping-hot pies from the phone's port. The pizza purveyor sends its Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, across the United States and Canada to fill the bellies of homeless people and disaster victims with its daily kneaded dough and freshly shaved mozzarella.
Brickhouse Tavern draws inspiration from New York pizzerias and roadside diners in equal measure, compiling a menu of familiar American comfort foods. The eatery demonstrates its commitment to the region by sourcing as much produce from local farmers as possible, supporting growers who embrace organic and eco-friendly practices in particular. These ingredients lend vibrant flavors to the tavern's signature pizzas, which are created using generations-old family recipes as well as a bit of New York flair. With more than 20 toppings available, guests can design personalized pies with anything from meatballs and fresh garlic to salami and jalapeños. Classic pasta dishes also allow the tavern's Italian origins to shine through an otherwise all-American smorgasbord of burgers, wings, and french fries that don't understand the metric system.
Each of Wing Zone’s 15 sauces comes accompanied with a number. The digit doesn't signify the amount of ingredients, nor is it a tool for easier ordering. Rather, the sauce’s number, much like the scores given to candidates during presidential debates, denotes a spectrum of spiciness, with 1 being mild and 4 being too hot for its own good. Original wings, boneless nuggets, and crispy fried shrimp come dressed in up to four of the zesty flavors, such as garlic parm, Ragin’ Cajun, and, the hottest of the hot, Nuclear habanero. Aside from dressing up chicken and fish, the Wing Zone kitchen also churns out plainly dressed chicken tenders, stacks of burgers with bacon and cheese, and extinguishes burning taste buds with banana cheesecake or chocolate brownie bites.
At The Vineyards Trattoria and Pizzeria, chefs execute a playbook of distinctly Italian recipes that yield peppercorn-encrusted steaks, hand-tossed pizzas, and seafood and pasta dishes slathered in tomato and wine-butter sauces. While loading their forks with penne ala vodka, diners can complement bites with sips from the expansive wine list, which includes red and white wines from both Europe and America. The restaurant’s crispy pizzas strictly abide by the rigid standards of the Associazione Vera Pizza Italianas, which demands hand-pressed dough, pizza sauce made with tomatoes imported from Italy, and a permission slip signed by the Italian government.
While they wait for their tables, guests can pass the time at the full-service bar before taking their seats amid the dining room's parchment-colored walls and portraits of rustic Italian scenery. The Vineyards' catering services provision wedding receptions, birthday feasts, and corporate parties with tasty plates of baked ziti, chicken parmigiana, and baked eggplant.
Amid the brick walls and simple wooden tables at University Pizza, diners relax with a menu of casual meals such as subs and custom pizzas. After a round of chicken wings or cheesy nachos, servers reappear with pizzas topped with pineapple or bacon, or meatball-strewn spaghetti cushioned with a slice of garlic bread. Provolone cheese and sweet peppers layer upon subs loaded with roast beef or spicy ham and salami. After eating, patrons can take to the pool table, watch a game on one of the flat-screen TVs, or retreat to the outdoor patio to brag to sidewalks tormented by the delicious smells emanating from University’s kitchen.