Liberty, Missouri, is slightly out of the delivery zone of most Chicago pizzerias, so when Jason and Mattie Ransom moved there, they needed another way to get their fix of deep-dish pizza. They decided to try their hand at recreating their favorite pie from scratch, unknowingly laying the groundwork for Dish Famous Stuffed Pizza.
The Ransom’s homespun recipe for Chicago-style deep-dish pizza has lasted more than 15 years, first gracing the tables of their restaurant before spreading out to grocery stores and forward-thinking vending machines. At their eatery, they still sling dough each day, complementing deep-dish disks with thin-crust and hand-tossed pies, half-pound Black Angus burgers, Chicago-style italian beef sandwiches, and 50 different bottles of imported and craft beer.
In 1963, Vita and Jay Totta opened up their cozy café with a small counter, three tables, and four booths. Within three years, the couple’s following of loyal diners had overgrown their modest space, and they expanded to a larger location with more than twice the seating capacity of the original café. Another steady increase in popularity led the Tottas to create V's Italiano Ristorante as it stands today, which includes a spacious dining room, three private banquet rooms, a lounge, and an outdoor patio. When designing and building the restaurant in 1971, Jay—a professional architect—focused on creating an Old-World atmosphere where guests could enjoy everything from Sunday brunch to romantic candlelight dinners with their tax auditors. Patrons may also venture out to the restaurant's garden patio, where they'll eat by a stone waterfall and under the vines of a grape arbor originally planted by Vita's father.
Fun House Pizza’s cooks have been tossing craving-satisfying pizzas since 1964, catering to families with their shareable fare and friendly staff. Gooey pizzas arrive topped with Fun House Pizza’s secret sauce recipe, sprinkled with toppings that include kraut, mushrooms, and Italian or Polish sausage. The kitchen crew gets creative with their specialty pizzas, which play dress up to create pies of the taco, bacon cheeseburger, and mexican variety. The restaurants cater to kids with a slew of entertainment options, from Thomas the Tank Engine rides to game rooms with air hockey and video games to the cheerful servers who are ready and willing to eat homework assignments.
Big Baby's Pizzeria & Pub conjures its menu of palate-pleasing pizzas and inspired appetizers out of organic, house-made pizza crust and top-notch ingredients. Cuisine architects can construct their own 14-inch piescraper with a base of made-from-scratch crust ($10.49), furnish it with jalapeños, black olives, and green peppers ($1.25 each), and top it off with a satellite dish. Or place your gustatory fate in the chef's capable hands by sinking carnivorous incisors into the meat lovers' pizza stacked with every available meat plus extra cheese to meld meats together ($17.99). Wanderlusting taste buds can dip into one of Big Baby's international pizzas, such as the thai pizza, which awakens senses with spicy ground meat and cilantro ($15.99). Guests can further accentuate their sliced experience by dipping slices of french bread into flavor-packed saucers of roasted garlic cloves and seasoned olive oil ($3.25).
CheeZies Pizza's dexterous culinary artists festoon fresh, floured canvases with brush strokes of tomato sauce and sprinkles of tantalizing toppings. Transport tongue tenants across the border with bites of the taco pizza, bearing spicy hunks of beef, black olives, and jalapeños on request ($8.99). A deluxe pie lounges under a sultry deluge of pepperoni, green pepper, and mushrooms ($8.99), and a tropical delight ($8.99) dons a multiflavored lei of savory Canadian bacon and sweet pineapple. Piles of barbecue wings ($5.99/8 wings) provide finger-licking substitutes to spherical eats, and hefty calzones ($8.99) volunteer portly packages of meat and cheese to tackle large appetites or fill in for vacationing boat anchors.
Wheat State Pizza! has more kinds of pizza than a high school football coach has inspiring halftime speeches. The abundance comes from a rainbow of options diners mix-and-match to create unique combinations, starting with a whole wheat, white, or gluten-free crust topped with homemade sauces in flavors such as traditional red and whipped cream cheese. On that base, diners can construct a masterpiece pie from a palette of more than 30 toppings including standards such as pepperoni and sausage along with gourmet variants sunflower seeds, avocado, and soy cheese. Though diners don't need to assemble their own combination to enjoy a pie, as, like the Christmas list of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, the menue includes 15 types of specialty pizza. Creations such as the chicken carbonara treat mouths to a velvety blend of alfredo sauce, chicken, mushrooms, mozzarella, and bacon atop a hand-tossed or thin crust. Non-pizza options include the Crispy Chicken Salad and philly cheese steak sandwiches with chicken or beef. Diners can end their meals on a sweet note with one of the restaurant's medley of dessert pizzas, which layer wheat crust with saccharine toppings such as cream-cheese frosting, and apple pie filling.