You could say that Panheads Pizzeria owners Eric and Felicia Ross were born to make pizza. The brother and sister team grew up in pizza joints, learning the basics of creating a crispy-crusted pizza from their grandmother, who just happens to be the famed Mabel of Mabel's Pizza.
Today they're building on more than 40 decades of family tradition, while also creating a few legacies of their own: specifically their gourmet pizzas. Each piece of hand-rolled dough is topped with ingredients not usually found in pizzerias, such as chicken, black bean corn salsa, jalapenos, and sour cream, which graces one particular favorite called the Ace of Spades. For an extra punch of flavor, they can also drizzle on one of nine specialty sauces such as tangy balsamic reduction, sweet chili aioli, or rich pesto. Outside of their signature square meals, the duo also serve up Italian favorites including Caesar salads and homemade meatballs in a teriyaki, buffalo barbecue, or classic marinara sauce.
Exotic tiki bars and Italian cuisine might seem completely unrelated, but these opposites attract with splendid results at Jerry's Tikibar & Italian Grill in Ponce Inlet. Nine specialty pies emerge from Jerry's oven crowned with fixings such as mussels and buffalo mozzarella. Feasts unfold either indoors or under the thatched roofs of an outdoor bar equipped with flat-screen TVs, tranquil fountains, and even a warm fire pit. Live musicians grace that space nightly with their dulcet tones, as do crooners during weekly karaoke sessions. The restaurant also offers a VIP club program for returning customers and text promotions for those who type the word "tiki."
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.
The chefs at Paganos Pizzeria plate Jersey-style pizzas and robust Italian entrees, served in a dining room that proudly displays Garden State license plates and a poster of historic Maplewood, NJ alongside an array of Reader's Choice certificates from the Hometown News that commend the eatery for winning in multiple categories. The restaurant is also found on Urbanspoon's list of Best Daytona Beach restaurants. Diners pair their veal parmigiana, baked ziti, or calzones with wines by the glass or carafe, cold brews, or soft drinks.
Pantheon Pizza's crust decorators fire up myriad Italian, Greek, and American favorites led by a menu of sauce-slathered pizzas. Doughy disks offer a cushy base for a trio of toppings (10", $8.99; 16", $13.99) such as hamburger, green peppers, and ham, baked under the cheese’s surface. Customize calzones and stromboli ($6.75 each) with à la carte toppings ($0.85 each), or grab an oven-hot eggplant parmigiana (8", $5.75) grinder or a Pantheon burger, with 100% beef dressed in bacon and triplicate cheeses atop a fluffy onion bun ($6.25). Full dinners pack cavernous breadbaskets with baked spaghetti and meatballs ($7.25) or a seafood sampling of fried catfish, fries, and hush puppies whispering in their indoor voices ($6.50).
King Pizza & Mediterranean?s white pizza does not have a drop of sauce. Instead, chefs cover the crust with heaps of mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, building up a monochromatic deliciousness. Of course, there are many other pizza creations that do include pizza sauce, along with ranch dressing, roast beef, jalapenos, and chicken. And the chefs really flex their creative muscles with the Greek-influenced pizza, which treats taste buds to gyro meat, onions, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce. If people want to forgo the pie, they can also take their gyros tucked into pitas, or dig into the pastas and burgers that also feature on King Pizza's menu.