Like an edible geometry textbook, Lil Paul's Pizza treats patrons to delectable squares and circles of hand-tossed pizza. A choice of 15 fresh ingredients festoon the pies along with crusts flavored with butter, cajun, garlic, and parmesan. For other handheld delights, the pizzeria stacks subs that include such classic staples as meatball and Italian, or a chicken variety that stays true to the shop's routes with a layer of marinara sauce. Salads such as the garden or greek give guests veggie options or mingle leafy greens with salami and pepperoncini.
Before Shawn Randazzo even opened his own pizzeria, he was already an internationally recognized pizza maker. In 2012, Shawn entered the International Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo, a renowned industry trade show that brings together the world's best pizza artisans. There, he was awarded with two honors: Pizza Maker of the Year and Best American-Pan Pizza.
It's not surprising that he claimed the country's best pan pizza considering the meticulous preparation involved. His square steel pans?synonymous with Detroit-style pies?have the same design as the ones mechanics use to catch small parts or the tears of busted carburetors while working on cars. It takes three hours to prepare each pan, as they go through several cycles of being coated in seasoning and then heated in the oven until the flavor is quite literally baked in. The steel construction ensures even heat distribution, leaving the deep-dish crust perfectly baked each time.
It was coming off his Pizza Expo victory that Shawn was inspired to open Detroit Style Pizza Company. Here, he uses the same award-winning recipes and high-quality pans to prepare specialty pies such as the Motor City meatball pizza with mushrooms and red onions. The specific recipe that won Shawn his pan-pizza title was the chicken Caesar, which is topped with white-meat chicken, Applewood-smoked bacon, a two-cheese blend, and Caesar dressing, which caramelizes the onions as the pie bakes.
Cuisine Type: American, pub style
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Deep-dish pizza and salads
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
G Willies Bar & Grill's most popular offerings may be its deep-dish pizzas, which arrive tableside loaded with toppings such as shrimp, crab meat, and alfredo sauce, or covered with BLT ingredients and mayo. But according to Owner Barry Ludvigson, patrons would be remiss to overlook the soups and chili. The chef whips up housemade soups from scratch every day along with a Hog Wild bourbon chili that has won awards in local contests and from the chef's best friend. The kitchen staff also fries tortilla chips and pairs them with a spinach-cheddar-jalape?o dip and flame-grills thin-crust pizzas.
Guests nosh on the creative bar food during trivia nights, euchre tournaments, and karaoke sessions. Occasionally, G Willies hosts tap takeovers, when different craft breweries fill the pub's kegs with their signature brews.
Devoted to eco-friendly dining, Green Zone Pizza dishes out organic and locally sourced fare atop a white counter made from recycled bottles. Built upon organic white or wheat crust, all pizzas can be personalized with classic add-ons such as pepperoni, eco-friendly proteins such as free-range chicken, or olives that spell out love sonnets to a favorite cheese. Several signature pies trade meaty toppings for an all-veggie lineup, and most of the restaurant’s offerings can be ordered gluten-free. And, like Lee Iacocca’s mitten collection, salads stuffed with locally sourced produce radiate Michigan pride.
Extreme Pizza is not your run-of-the-mill, ma-and-pa pizza shop. Here, the cooks pile their house-baked crusts with a slew of uncommon combinations, including the ginger-peanut-sauce-marinated chicken strewn across the Kickin? Chicken pizza, which is also topped with peanuts, green onions, swiss, fontina, mozzarella, and fresh cilantro. The Paia Pie may seem standard with pineapple and Canadian bacon, but the addition of mandarin oranges and its mozzarella-cheddar blend make it more unique than a unicorn with two horns. As an alternative to the pies, freshly baked calzones, creatively loaded salads, monster subs, and chicken wings also populate the menu.
Cooks at Amicci's Pizza's two locations crown giant 24-inch pies with italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto before delivery drivers chauffeur orders straight to homes and dorm rooms. The cooks begin with a flavored crust, such as garlic butter, sesame seed, Cajun, or mantel, then top the pizza with a custom blend of fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses. Specialty combinations include the pesto delight topped with mozzarella, mushroom, and tomato and the chicken thai pie with sweet 'n' spicy ginger sauce, red peppers, and mushrooms. The cooks also pile oven-baked 14-inch subs with steak and au jus or italian meatballs covered with pasta sauce.