When the Bluejays take the court, you can expect to see a sea of bright blue shirts at the Sam & Louie's at the corner of 24th and Cuming in Omaha. The location has been one of Creighton University's homes away from home since it opened in 1994, but its welcoming atmosphere is found at each of the eatery's 24 locations. There, friends and families bond over great conversation and an eclectic mix of casual cuisine from a menu inspired by traditional New York–style pizzerias. Eighteen specialty pizzas are hand tossed into thin-crust pies before being decorated with more than 35 toppings such as creamy alfredo sauce, sliced Italian meatballs, and canadian bacon. In deference to those with special dietary needs, almost all of these specialty pizzas are available in gluten-free pizzas.
In addition to pizzas, cooks also craft their daily-made dough into calzones and strombolis, which ooze with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. The menu culminates in five third-pound Black Angus burgers, Italian hoagies, and eight types of pastas. In addition to hosting guests inside their welcoming pizzerias for both lunch and dinner, the cooks at Sam and Louie's also take their food on the road, offering catering services for events both large and not-so-large.
Domino’s has been decorating dough canvases with flavorful sauces, an assortment of cheeses, and high-quality toppings that range from classic to unconventional since 1960. Domino’s dough is tossed daily and stretched by human hands, not by clumsy catapults and model airplanes flying in opposite directions. Treat friends to a tasteful feast by checking the online menu and crafting a custom masterpizza with Domino's wide range of ingredients. Famished diners too starved to choose their own toppings can select from Domino’s American Legends, featuring signature flavors from throughout the land. Pizzas such as the Pacific Veggie, Honolulu Hawaiian, or Wisconsin 6 Cheese impart all the delicious diversity of a road trip without the hassle of decoding an atlas. Nonpizza fare includes pastas, sandwiches, and breadsticks.
Like any beloved neighborhood pizza joint, Lazzari's Pizza often sees lines snaking out the door, populated with customers eager to sink their teeth into a spicy chicken and cream cheese Randy Ross pizza or a handmade ricotta-stuffed calzone. The bustling restaurant takes its moniker from the Italian name for street urchins, who, legend has it, originally perfected the pizza as we know it today, eventually bringing it to the shores of the United States in a floating pizza box. Lazzari's menu shines in its selection of freshly baked pies, crowned with up to seven different cheeses and a bounty of traditional meat and veggie toppings. To complement the core cuisine, garlic bread makes a tasty side, creamy pesto seduces the palate, and spicy sausage makes an appearance in the eatery's pastas.
The family behind Grisanti's draws upon nearly four decades in business while crafting Italian dishes from recipes they’ve developed through the years. Wreaths of steam twist around chefs as they sprinkle spices into homemade soups, and eggplant parmesan cooks to the golden color of an alchemist’s business card. Hickory-smoked gouda, parmesan, and romano cheeses melt across pizzas, complemented by red and white wines from California and Italy. The glasses sing together in toasts in the restaurant's open storefront or private dining rooms modeled after scenic Italian locales such as a Venetian courtyard and Super Mario's chalet.:m]]
The owners of Brewsky’s Food & Spirits know that the best way to get friends and family together is to create a vibrant space filled with live music, all the best sporting events on TV, frosty brews, and a menu of comfort foods. While taking pride in being the spot to gather for Huskers games, as well as all other major sporting events, the owners also take immense satisfaction in serving a selection of juicy steaks, flame-broiled burgers, and wings that their chef concocted exclusively for the restaurant. The team also entertains patrons with trivia nights and shows such as dueling pianos or quarreling xylophones at the Haymarket location.
Godfather's is a famiglia-friendly establishment boasting a menu of specialty pies, gluten-free pizzas, salads, wings, and other Italian delights. Pizzas range from the mini six-inch cheese for $2.99 to the jumbo 18-inch classic combo, which is run through the garden of veggies and then beaten mercilessly with pepperoni, ham, beef, and sausage for $21.99. True Dons, however, will prefer to build their own pizza. Start by choosing a crust—original (thick and rich), golden (pan-style and buttery), or thin (light and crispy)—then gather the most loyal outfit of pie-packers from a murderer's row of Italian sausage, pineapple, sour cream, jalapenos, mushrooms, and more. For wedge-eating enthusiasts who turn red with allergic rage when they eat pizza, gluten-free pizzas are available at the 48th Street location, providing 10 inches ($8.89–$12.99) of pre-prepared circular sexiness that never sees the same surfaces as the other pizzas—ensuring a pristine product. For more three-dimensional savories, load up on buffalo wings ($4.99), garden salad ($2.39), or garlic bread with cheese ($2.99).