After more than 30 years in business, the Pronto Pizza family still goes the extra mile, crafting thin-crust and deep-dish pizza dough in house, flame-kissing barbecue ribs by the whole and half-slab, and deep-frying popcorn shrimp in Orville Redenbacher’s private undersea deep-fryer. See the entire menu.
Since 1937, Shield’s has kept Detroit's pie-craving community in full flavor with deep-dish squares and a supporting cast of Italian and American menu items. Shield’s experienced pie farmers cultivate doughy pastures for a wide selection of specialty pizza crops. The Gold Medal pits sweet red bell and italian banana peppers against pear tomatoes and romano cheese in a delicious rivalry over taste buds' affections ($17.49/large). Conquer the eatery’s namesake—the Shield’s Super—scrumptious amalgamation of mushroom, onions, green peppers, ham, and pepperoni kept safe from charring under a protective blanket of brick cheese and Shield’s pizza sauce ($18.49/large).
The pizza-twirling foodsmiths at Valentino’s Pizzeria hand-toss freshly made dough into sliceable discs before layering them with a sauce free of preservatives and corn syrup. After a dusting of mozzarella cheese, the pizza snuggles into a giant oven until it turns a bubbling golden brown or screams. Non-circular foods delight diners as well, with 16 oven-baked subs and crisp, freshly prepared salads ready to quash hunger in no time.
In 1972, the Mannino family got a Christmas gift they’ll never forget: a pizza parlor. Today, it’s still operated by the family of Joseph and Pietrina Mannino and continues to serve pizzas, pastas, and barbecue chicken and ribs. Their carryout and delivery menu, available seven days a week, makes hosting game day parties rather easy, and the catering menu accommodates larger parties. For instance, their taco bars and pasta platters can feed the entire city of Detroit, if 99% of Detroit’s citizens go on vacation at the same time.
A certified green restaurant, Amici’s Pizza combines environmentally sound practices with gourmet pizzas and martinis—an effort Jane Slaughter of Metrotimes calls, “virtuous […] without a hint of self-righteousness.” Slaughter is just one of many members of the press to praise Amici’s, which boasts a martini bar complete with recycled materials and non-toxic cleaning chemicals. The pizza is made with organic products whenever possible, arriving in vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free varieties dotted with ingredients such as black beans, smoked corn, and scallions or artichoke, spinach, and walnuts. Traditional, whole-wheat, thin, or gluten-free crusts are topped with a bevy of cheeses, including soy cheese for those who follow a dairy-free diet or are fearful of mozzarella's association with the dark arts.
Amici's staff do more than pull pies from the oven, though—bartenders mix up more than 60 martinis ranging from old favorites such as the sidecar to new inventions such as the pina-tini with rum, vanilla vodka, and pineapple juice. Guests can enjoy libations at the martini bar or while savoring fresh air on the spacious patio.