The Keramidis family simmers freshly-cut basil in marinara sauce, filling George's Pizza & Gyros with the aromas of herbs. Eight other sauces dapple thin or deep-dish crusts, which they top with more than 30 toppings, from asiago cheese to hot cappicola. Greek influences shine through in five varieties of gyros stuffed into pita breads like poems from love-struck bakers. The Keramidis family supports community fundraising, and says they have donated more than 400 pizzas to various worthy causes.
Pizza Street loads its menu with pizzas ($14.89–$19.99) that bear heaps of bubbly golden cheese and meats and veggies ranging from the traditional to the gourmet. Rafts of bacon and jalapeño steer through currents of creamy ranch dressing on the chicken-ranch pizza ($16.99–$21.99), and ground beef and veggies on a fiesta cruise dive into oceans of refried beans atop the taco pizza ($16.99–$21.99). Roast beef, ranch dressing, and two kinds of cheese melt into palatable poetry inside the fresh-baked bread of the Blake sandwich ($4.49–$7.49), which can be enjoyed by the light of a half-moon calzone with three fillings of your choice ($5.49).
Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco began helping out at his family’s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Gianmarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three different types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon.
The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat’s kitchen operations, although these days he has considerably more help. Marco's Pizza has 350 locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh cheeses.
Clad in all black, one of the behind-the-scenes staff stretches and tosses a ball of The Garlic Knot's fresh pizza dough. Once slathered in sauce, cheese, and any number of toppings, it slides into the stone-deck oven, alongside the eatery's eponymous garlic knots. New York–style pizzas fill out the menu, with specialty pies named after Big Apple landmarks, such as the Carnegie—a white pizza with chicken, broccoli and garlic—and the Stock Exchange with sausage, green pepper, and red onion. Diners can also choose from pasta dishes and made-to-order subs, and kids satisfy voracious appetites and learn to speak conversational Italian with the help of the children’s menu.
The kitchen admirals at the locally-owned Krazy Karl's Pizza assemble a menu of savory pies constructed from daily kneaded dough and fresh ingredients, all enhanced by sudsy brews from New Belgium. Catch a specialty dough disk ($6.49–$10.99), such as the Border, cloaked in green chilis, jalapeños, pepperoni, and Cajun seasoning. Diners can also ask a team of hardhat-wearing Lilliputians to construct their own pie ($3.99–$6.99 per pizza; $0.50–$1.50 for each additional topping) from 20 toppings, including feta, meatballs, and cream cheese. The Pub grinder ($5.99) arrives swollen with thinly sliced rib-eye beef, bacon, and cheddar. The kitchensmiths round out the menu with seven garden fresh salads ($3.75–$4.99) and juicy rotisserie wings ($4.99 for six large wings) that perform barrel rolls in the air after bathing in savory sauces.