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.
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.
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).
Luigi's Pizza & Italian Kitchen serves up a wallet-friendly menu of pizza, subs, and other Italian handheld edibles. Starting with a 14" cheese canvas, customers can craft their own masterpizzas with a palette of bacon, pepperoni, and peppers (($8.50; $0.75/topping) or get a slice of cheese pizza for a quick snack ($1.50). Like showers and revenge, well-stacked subs ($7.25–$9.95) can be served hot or cold, and the meat-lover's calzone ($9.95) and veggie-lovers' stromboli ($9.50) unify carnivores and herbivores long divided by which dinosaur they rooted for in Jurassic Park.
Riverwalk Pizzeria, located next to the Sanford Marina, touts a multifaceted menu of pizzas, calzones, and traditional Italian-inspired specialties. Demanding diners can customize hand-tossed pizzas (starting at $7.29) with a variety of pie-packers such as bacon, eggplant, pepperoni, pineapple, and broccoli arranged to resemble the mysterious right ear of the Mona Lisa ($1–$2 each). Opt for a prearranged marriage of flavors with the River Spice pie, decorated with hot sauce, mozzarella, red onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and chorizo ($10.49–$20.49), or the Bianco, a delicate three-tiered tango between mozzarella, ricotta, and fresh garlic ($8.99–$16.99).
Each day, Marco's churns out freshly concocted sauces and house-made dough to construct a delicious assortment of palate-pleasing pies. The menu of specialty pizzas includes a strategic conglomeration of carnivorous delicacies, whimsical veggies, and a gooey triumvirate of cheese. With four types of classic pizza meats, the Meat Supremo packs enough protein to conquer a hoard of bloodthirsty Visigoths intent on sacking the Imperial LEGO forum. Gentle omnivores, however, represent additional food groups with the White Cheezy, which features butter-garlic sauce and a smattering of bacon over feta, onions, and tomatoes. Lettuce and Lotus-eaters can enjoy the vegetarian bliss of a specialty Garden pie or fashion their own flesh-free pizza from the ample selection of toppings.