When you bite into the juicy tomatoes and finely tuned sauces that grace the pizza pies and strombolis at Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza, you're experiencing a genealogy of flavor that extends back to the recipes of Johnny Pace in his 1965 Manlius, New York, pizza shop. Today the restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients and a diligent sauce-stirring wrist to deliver a lot of love (and just a sprinkle of hatred to give it zing) into every savory bite.
The Pizza Shack pulls up a seat for any champion citizen who craves the consumption of a piping-hot meal in a pipingly unpretentious atmosphere. If you're in the mood for a bear fight, hang a fang on "The Shack Attack," a carnivorous pizza coated in pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, shredded steak, pulled pork, a zookeeper, red onion, and a drizzle of barbecue sauce ($19 for a large). For a lighter meal, peruse the menu for single-serve slices ($2.50) and appetizers such as jalapeno dippers ($4.75), breadsticks ($3.75), and personal calzones with your choice of three toppings ($4.75).
With a commitment to stellar service and freshly prepare fare, Camy's serves up a menu that includes a vast selection of items from pizzas to pastas, burgers, salads, and steak sandwiches. Though a master will deliver the restaurant's tasty treats to customers in midtown and downtown, hungry citizens roaming around with a hankering for fine fare can stop in at Camy's dining room and feast on barbecue wings ($8.49) or a meatball sub ($7.49 for 8"). The restaurant is open every day and open late for those who refuse to acknowledge clocks.
Juicy Jim's provides the pizza-loving populace with a stomach-inspiring array of homemade pizzas, pastas, and other Italian-American comfort foods. Get started with Southwestern cheese sticks ($5.50 small) or homemade seasoned fries ($1.75 small) before cramming your pie hole with New Jersey–style pizza ($9.05–$25.25, with toppings starting at $1.75) made with the same care and tenderness that's earned the Garden State the moniker Eskimo-Kissing Capital of the World. Vegetable zealots can load up on flora such as banana peppers, jalapeños, fresh garlic, and pineapple, and protein partisans can pick from meatballs, bacon, beef, steak, and more. Calzones and stromboli (starting at $8.25) are available for diners who prefer their meals in a conveniently throwable format, and an array of create-your-own-pasta formulations gives pastatarians the option to enjoy fettuccine with red-wine shrimp sauce, linguini with Alfredo sauce and grilled chicken, and other custom combos ($10.95). A hearty selection of beers ($3 to $4.50) including Rogue Dead Guy Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire Ale, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, help keep tongues pliable and mouth knives rust-free.
Specializing in thick, Sicilian–style deep-dish pizza, Jet's has indulged palates since 1978, when the eponymous Jetts brothers opened the first joint in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Crusts buckle under the weight of mozzarella cheese and toppings such as grilled chicken and black olives, accompanied by sides such as hot wings, cinnamon sticks, or Jet's Bread topped with cheese, garlic, and butter. Stacks of meat and veggies pile onto piping-hot subs, and a variety of healthy salads helps to avoid the wrath of the Food Pyramid's ancient golems armed with giant wooden tongs.
Like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel, Pizza Pro's menu presents patrons with a plethora of cheese-topped avenues to pursue. Choose from hand tossed or thin crust, ranch or marinara, and finally a topping for each rotund mealwheel. Surprise your spice buds with a deluge of jalapeños, or rely on an old standby of the pizza vanguard, such as pepperoni or mushrooms, to form a peaceful alliance with cheese in pie-covering deliciousness. As the proud creator, you can either make your pizzas identical twins or bring fraternal siblings forth from the flaming womb of the Pizza Pro oven. Each 14-inch pizza has 12 slices, enabling you to assume the mantle of Kronos and gleefully devour your pizza-children whole.