On street corners from Texas to North Carolina, Johnny Brusco's Pizza serves up piping-hot slices of New York, and that's not whistling Dixie. It's not even kazooing Yankee. The franchise boasts a lineage that stretches back to 1965, when pie-smith Johnny Pace opened up his pizzeria just outside of Syracuse. Though the menu stays true to Johnny's classic style, today's crust-tossers aren't afraid to switch things up in modern style. Gluten-watchers can dig into a flour-free variant of the crust, and their specialties include such daring choices as a cream cheese pizza, a Philly-esque steak and cheese, and a zesty gourmet pie with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, and artichokes. Outside of the round stuff, diners might select a summery strawberry-pecan salad, a classic plate of bruschetta with pesto, mozzarella, and marinara sauce, and a finger-licking dessert of cinna-knots.
The fragrance of sizzling burgers and roasting pizzas floods Kanz's City Pizza and Burgerz's wood-paneled dining room. Chefs hand-toss signature pizzas with 13 different toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, and pineapple and pair 8-ounce burgers with freshly cut fries and hand-breaded onion rings. More than 45 types of imported and domestic beer moisten mouths owned by people or cyborgs ages 21 and up. The restaurant regales guests with weekly special events, such as Country Open Jam Night on Wednesdays, video bingo on Thursdays, and live bands at the Lenexa location on Fridays.
Cooking up Italian staples and baking pizza has been a Walker family tradition since 1969, first at a pizza franchise and now at their own Old Shawnee Pizza and Italian Kitchen. They use the skills they've perfected over the last 40 years to make everything from their Alfredo-topped ravioli stuffed with three types of seafood to their Midwest-style pizzas on homemade dough.
They first top their inventive pizzas with sauces such as the classic red, salsa, spicy peanut, or garlic olive oil. From there, they use their multitude of unique toppings to create most any pie their customers can dream up, barring ones that bear an uncanny resemblance to Burt Reynolds. They also cook up specialty pizzas such as the Caribbean Jerk, made with jerk sauce, chicken, onions, pineapple, and roasted red peppers.
The chefs at Long Island Pete's are passionate about two things: authentic New York style pizza and real Kansas City-style barbecue. And they aren't content to simply serve their two-specialties side-by-side. Here, barbecue and pizza often go hand-in-hand, creating a delightful fusion of smokey, savory flavors. The shop's signature pie, the Vicki con Vino, features a red-wine crust topped with barbecue beef, barbecue pork, smoked sausage, bacon, and spicy barbecue sauce. For a little extra spice, the cooks can make that pizza?or any of their signature pizzas, for that matter?with a cayenne-pepper laced Italian crust, or add some sweet notes by swapping in a honey wheat crust or a flattened layer cake. Meanwhile, barbecue purists can enjoy sandwiches stuffed with burnt ends and Swiss cheese or beef sliders paired with baby back ribs. Hot and cold subs, salads, and breakfast specialties like biscuits and gravy round out the rest of the menu, along with a selection of lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos, available hot or served over ice.
Cuisine Type: Pizza, pasta, and appetizers
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Pizza. Try our chicken alfredo pizza
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Try our new pizza offerings and have a frozen drink from the bar while you wait.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
One of our most popular offerings is our chicken fettucini alfredo. We make our own alfredo sauce and we cook our chicken fresh right in our kitchen.
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our decor reflects our casual dining experience. We have large heavy wooden chairs and tables. The front of our restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our menu is family-friendly [and] offers half sizes for kids. We offer a wide range of pastas and, of course, our pizza. We prepare our sauces every day, and we cook everything to order.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We cater to large groups, ball teams, and parties. We offer a buffet line on request to groups.
The people behind Gambino’s Pizza really love pizza, and they’ll make any pie in the shape of a heart to prove it. Traditional round pies are on the menu, too, in five sizes and three crust options: original, thin, or buttery pan. Specialty pizzas overflow with meats, veggies, and a blend of shredded mozzarella and provolone cheese. Some are even topped with sweet pineapple to round out the food pyramid. Diners can also order oven-baked subs and individual- or family-size pasta dishes that come with garlic bread and napkins folded into tiny togas.