The founders of Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza banded together with a common goal in mind: to craft handmade, gourmet pizzas and deliver them to your door as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. Now, they uphold that promise at more than 20 locations throughout the western United States, consistently serving up custom or specialty pies slathered with handmade sauce pressed from vine-ripened tomatoes. Even the cheese is held to high standards, with 100% whole-milk mozzarella only produced by cows that got a perfect score on their SATs.
The Grill at Silver Creek Lanes treats bowlers and spectators to hearty American feasts. As diners watch bowlers haul spheres down alleys lit by blacklight and 135" projection screens, they can keep hunger at bay with slices of pizza and chicken strips. The menu also includes cheeseburgers and jumbo hot dogs, complemented by sides such as sample platters, cheese sticks, onion rings, and curly fries.
A den of decadence, Church St. Pizza serves a combination of classic and unique New York–style pies along with gluten-free options. Sink your venomous canines into a potato-and-bacon pie slathered in olive oil and rosemary and dotted with home-cooked bacon ($21) or opt for the pesto-chicken pizza with mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and roasted red tomatoes ($22). Satisfy wing cravings with the buffalo chicken pizza layered in hot-sauce-cloaked chicken, water buffalo, crumbled blue cheese, and celery ($21). Stick to the classics with the slice shop's margherita pizza, decorated with crushed garlic, a smattering of tomatoes, excerpts from War and Peace, and fresh basil ($22).
The Village Pizza Ristorante serves up piping-hot specialty pies, calzones, and Italian treats fashioned from closely guarded home recipes that fill the quirky, reclaimed-furniture-filled dining room with rich tomatoey perfume. Cooks forge the Blacksmith Special on an anvil of luscious pizza dough, made fresh daily, beating the pie into shape with meaty hammers of sausage, pepperoni, and crisp veggies ($15–$22). The Lamp Lighter pizza’s parmesan, feta, and provolone passengers melt and bubble atop a warm sea of garlic olive-oil sauce brimming with mushroom and artichoke reefs and aggressive schools of toothy sundried tomatoes ($16–$23). A fresh bread hammock gently rocks tender pepperoni, canadian bacon, and sausage to sleep, wrapped in a blanket of house-made marinara sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese, the edibles blissfully unaware of their impending ingestion as the pizza sub sandwich ($6.50). For a sweet finish, the restaurant serves up root-beer floats ($3), its cool ice cream ferrying 24 ounces of effervescent Mug root beer up straws on sweet, creamy pillows to diners’ pearly or braces-reinforced gates.
Since 1997, 3rd Street Pizza Company has fused food and film into a ready-made night out. On one side of the business, hand-tossed dough is fired atop hot stones, which yields crisp New York–style pizzas topped with a signature blend of mozzarella, provolone, and monterey jack cheeses. Sauce options also reach beyond the standard red to include thai peanut, pesto, and garlic parmesan. The pies anchor a menu that features calzones, sandwiches, and microbrews, all of which can be taken into showings at Moonlight Theater. Recent releases stretch out across a full-size movie screen that teams up with a 12-speaker surround-sound system as high-tech as the ones judges use to make their verdicts extra scary. The restaurant also supports arts beyond film and pizza—a dining-room wall functions as a rotating gallery space, and live musicians occasionally play during dinner.
Despite its name, Ye Olde Pizza Shoppe whips up innovative culinary creations that won't be found at pizza joints of yore. Menu items such as the chili cheese fry pizza and the black knight pizza smothered with ham and sauerkraut beckon adventurous palates, as do other novel toppings such as peanuts and oysters. But it's not all experimental at the shoppe. Classic offerings abound and include vegetarian pizzas, barbecue sandwiches, tuna melts, and mozzarella sticks.