Devoted to eco-friendly dining, Green Zone Pizza dishes out organic and locally sourced fare atop a white counter made from recycled bottles. Built upon organic white or wheat crust, all pizzas can be personalized with classic add-ons such as pepperoni, eco-friendly proteins such as free-range chicken, or olives that spell out love sonnets to a favorite cheese. Several signature pies trade meaty toppings for an all-veggie lineup, and most of the restaurant’s offerings can be ordered gluten-free. And, like Lee Iacocca’s mitten collection, salads stuffed with locally sourced produce radiate Michigan pride.
Extreme Pizza is not your run-of-the-mill, ma-and-pa pizza shop. Here, the cooks pile their house-baked crusts with a slew of uncommon combinations, including the ginger-peanut-sauce-marinated chicken strewn across the Kickin? Chicken pizza, which is also topped with peanuts, green onions, swiss, fontina, mozzarella, and fresh cilantro. The Paia Pie may seem standard with pineapple and Canadian bacon, but the addition of mandarin oranges and its mozzarella-cheddar blend make it more unique than a unicorn with two horns. As an alternative to the pies, freshly baked calzones, creatively loaded salads, monster subs, and chicken wings also populate the menu.
Cooks at Amicci's Pizza's two locations crown giant 24-inch pies with italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto before delivery drivers chauffeur orders straight to homes and dorm rooms. The cooks begin with a flavored crust, such as garlic butter, sesame seed, Cajun, or mantel, then top the pizza with a custom blend of fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses. Specialty combinations include the pesto delight topped with mozzarella, mushroom, and tomato and the chicken thai pie with sweet 'n' spicy ginger sauce, red peppers, and mushrooms. The cooks also pile oven-baked 14-inch subs with steak and au jus or italian meatballs covered with pasta sauce.
Like an edible geometry textbook, Lil Paul's Pizza treats patrons to delectable squares and circles of hand-tossed pizza. A choice of 15 fresh ingredients festoon the pies along with crusts flavored with butter, cajun, garlic, and parmesan. For other handheld delights, the pizzeria stacks subs that include such classic staples as meatball and Italian, or a chicken variety that stays true to the shop's routes with a layer of marinara sauce. Salads such as the garden or greek give guests veggie options or mingle leafy greens with salami and pepperoncini.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
Tossing dough disks since 1946, Sam's Pizzeria and Cantina whips up classic Italian standbys updated with the kitchen's own modern innovations. Pizza creations range from individual-size thin-crust offerings bearing various combinations of tomato sauce, mozzarella, seafood, and vegetable toppers to more shareable options ($9.65–$15.95). Among the latter, Sam's special presents a mélange of pepperoni, ham, and bacon garnished with mushrooms and green peppers ($19.50 for a medium), and The Mexican aims to satisfy Latin American cravings by incorporating salsa, sour cream, and telenovela-level emoting ($19.50).