The pizza-slingers at Papa John’s build their pies with fresh-dough crusts composed of high-protein flour and filtered water that are hand tossed, then baked to a golden brown. Every pizza comes covered with with vine-ripened tomato sauce and 100% mozzarella cheese, and can be strewn with a cornucopia of toppings, from locally sourced green peppers and onions to beef, ham and spicy Italian sausage. The Hawaiian-barbecue-chicken pie hoards all bacon, onions, grilled chicken, and pineapple within a five-mile radius, and the pepperoni-and-sausage-topped John’s Favorite is the only pie to never have sat in the kitchen’s time-out chair. Chefs dust parmesan cheese and garlic on fluffy breadsticks, and lather wings in honey-chipotle, spicy, or traditional barbecue sauce. The Cinnapie dessert seals meals with a gathering of apple, cinnamon, and icing sweeter than a kitten in sugar-coated pajamas. Enter your zip code into the online menu to see a full list of prices for pies baking in your area.
According to the Southwest Florida Barometer, Carmelo LaMotta was only 7 years old when his parents opened LaMotta’s. More than 30 years later, he’s taken over the reins and serves as both the restaurant’s owner and chef. LaMotta’s has gone through many changes over the years, but it has always remained dedicated to authentic Italian cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. To that end, the LaMotta family makes all the soups, dough, and sauces fresh every day, staying true to the recipes they brought over when they emigrated from Sicily. The resulting menu includes myriad pasta dishes, thin-crust New York–style pizzas, and a thoughtful font choice.
Balls of dough arc through the air as Downtown House of Pizza's chefs toss and stretch each round into the New York–style thin crust deemed the best pizza of 2012 by Metromix Gulf Coast. Creamy mozzarella cheese melts beneath toppings such as anchovies and spinach, and Grandma's Sicilian pizza melds fresh basil and tomatoes in a recipe passed through the generations on a needlepoint pillow. Downtown House of Pizza also tosses chicken wings in tangy buffalo sauce, layers grilled chicken and dressings atop crispy lettuces, and tucks meatballs and chicken parmesan into hot and cold sub sandwiches.
More than 20 years ago, Rich and Deana Citrola opened Citrola's Italian Grill & Pizzeria in Times Square. Today, they oversee the operation of three different locations, but their customers can still count on the same traditional pastas and pizzas they've enjoyed all these years. The chefs toss pizza dough and roll calzones by hand, sealing both with house-recipe sauce. The bread for their sub sandwiches is baked fresh every day, and the pasta dishes sate appetites with classic iterations, such as linguini with clams and penne with vodka-cream sauce.
Leoni's Pizzeria cooks up casual food in the form of pasta, pizza, burgers, and even tacos. The all-encompassing menu includes crispy fried chicken wings, calzones stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella, and tortillas brimming with beef, refried beans, rice, and cheese. The 18-year-old pizzeria serves up hot feasts at locations in Fort Myers and Naples.