Owner Randy Price curates a creative menu of New Haven–style "apizza" in more than 30 styles. His team crafts fresh dough daily using unbleached flour, creates sauce from handpicked Italian and Chilean tomatoes, and sprinkles pies with cheese from home-schooled cows. The famous Challenger—a 22-inch pizza stuffed with a mélange of vegetables and meats that weigh in at nearly 10 pounds—presents the hungriest visitors with a challenge to conquer the hot wheel in an hour or less, a feat that has earned a place on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food roster of surmounted food battles.
Flare's band of culinary savants bring together Italian flavors on a menu of home cooked pastas, fresh seafood, and toasty pizzas baked in a brick oven. Appetizers invite dining duos and quartets to share homemade lasagna rolls stuffed with ground beef, cheese, and house sauce, which limbos with grace under the mouth's laser security beam. For pizza, chefs paint a doughy canvas in a tableau of specialty toppings such as danish ham, capicola, italian sausage, and shredded mozzarella that melts via the flames of a brick oven. Eaters navigate their forks through lobster-filled ravioli drenched in a brandy cream sauce and tossed with tiger shrimp. Finally, hands intertwine to split up a dessert pizza weighed down in a choice of four sugary toppings, such as Reese's peanut butter cup or sliced strawberries drizzled in chocolate. Groups of four pair their Italian eats with a bottle of red or white wine, including a Citra pinot grigio collected during Italy's seasonal wine deluges.
Featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as a neighborhood pizza staple, family-owned P&D Oxford House of Pizza decorates 19 specialty pies in a livery of savory toppings while dishing out platters of toasty Italian fare. The Inferno pizza ($8.50–$14) coaxes taste buds through a doughy ring of fire spackled with pepperoni, sausage, and hot peppers, and the Athenian's garlic butter sets the gustatory stage for grilled chicken morsels dressed in spinach togas and feta-cheese helmets ($8.50–$14). Patrons can choose their own pizza adventure with a slew of toppings, including broccoli, meatballs, and bacon. P&D's toasted grinders, such as the steak- and mushroom-laden "Flynn-IE" ($6–$7.50), deepen the roster of handheld edibles, and homemade lasagna ($6.25) leads a hearty caravan of pasta dishes. Guests can defer to the bistro’s free Internet access to settle dinnertime disputes over whether pasta was first invented by China, Italy, or Marlon Brando as a way to pass the time on the set of The Godfather.
The affable staff of This Guy’s Pizza ushers parades of mozzarella-haloed pizza pies to the gaping gullets of yearning patrons. Veteran crust cutters decorate a regular or thin-crust canvas with red sauce, white sauce, or a paint-by-numbers combination of the two. Then pies are adorned with an included topping from hordes of fast-talking meatballs, broccoli bouquets, glimmering pepperoni, or 1 of 13 other available toppings. After emerging sufficiently crisp and bubbly from pizza infernos, pies are deposited to customers' tables or hands by sliding down This Guy's in-store rainbow arc.
Voted Best Pizza by Providence College, Big Tony's Pizza, a neighborhood joint with a jaunty mafioso theme, serves up gourmet brick-oven pizzas, pasta, and house-specialty Gangster Wraps named after legendary mobsters. Cooks toss made-from-scratch dough in the air before layering on fresh cheese and pizza sauce made from the owner's father's recipe. For a full Mediterranean experience, Big Tony's also prepares regional favorites from baklava to falafel. The spot offers free delivery until 4 a.m.