If it's time for lunch or dinner and you are hungry for an Italian-style treat, try Pizza Brutta on Monroe Street. For lunch, try the Caprese sandwich, featuring basil, tomato and mozzarella cheese on a focaccia roll dressed with olive oil and sea salt. If you're in the mood for pizza, try one of the specialty pies, such as the Olivetto—it's a thick, tasty crust sprinkled with basil and topped with artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and a blend of goat cheese and mozzarella. Pizza Brutta is family-friendly, offering kid-sized meals such as the Gabriel pizza, a personal pizza topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce made especially to sate the pizza cravings of hungry children. If wood-fired pizza is what you crave, come to Pizza Brutta.
O.S.S. owners may play a bit coy about their business name?they'll never come clean about exactly what O.S.S. stands for?but they take their sausages very seriously. They consider sausage to be a comfort food, and assembled their menu with the idea of gathering comforting flavors from around the world. In addition to local classics such as the bratwurst, they serve a ginger-spiced Chinese pork sausage, a Turkish lamb and chicken sausage, and a Vietnamese sausage with pickled veggies and cilantro. They pair their meats with sides such as hand-cut french fries and cheese curds, both with dipping sauces such as Sriracha mayo, ranch, and sweet and hot mustard.
Hitched to the back of a pickup truck, BJs Kolaches' navy-blue food cart sets up shop Monday–Friday in front of the UW's Wisconsin School of Business. Passersby step up to that cart to purchase kolache—Czech-inspired pastries stuffed with savory fillings such as spicy kielbasa or a vegetarian blend of artichoke and spinach. Patrons can round out meals with sides such as pasta salad, or opt for sweet kolache filled with chocolate cream cheese or apricot.
Ian’s is a true collegiate experience (their slogan was once “Freshman Fifteen Sold Here"). They are completely on their game at Ian’s—they know their main demographic and have a Twitter following to reflect it. Even if your last frat party was a decade ago, Ian’s definitely has a slice of pizza with your name on it. Build your own pizza from their vast selection of cheeses, sauces, veggies, and meats. Or, try one of their specialty pizzas like “Portabella Pest Blues”, “Maui Wowie”, “Smokey the Bandit”, or ”Mac n’ Cheese”. Yes. This is Macaroni and Cheese…on a pizza. Ian has Dr. Atkins rolling over in his grave. But it’s okay--Ian recycles and composts. So it’s fine.
Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a hawaiian barbecue chicken ($16), or go all-out and get The Works ($16), a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a tuscan six cheese or garden fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.
S2pizzabar's wood-burning oven bakes delicious pizzas inspired by traditional Wisconsin ingredients. Sourdough crusts carry locally-sourced butterkäse and fontiago cheeses, Italian sausage, shallots, or freshly-made ricotta. Pizzas can then pair up with Wisconsin craft beers from breweries such as Stevens Point Brewery and Gray's Brewing Company.