Owned by an intrepid pair of dough-spinning brothers, Jeff's Pizza Shop is a haven for delicious, quickly prepared Italian-American cuisine. Patrons can design trillions of custom pizzas using the five pie sizes and an ample toppings list or choose a specialty creation such as a 12-inch Cordon chicken ($13.49), which mixes rich ham with chicken strips and dumps the meaty medley over a thin crust stippled with alfredo sauce and honey mustard. Diners diagnosed with meat-deficiency syndrome can wrap their lips around a 14-inch Farmer Frank and all its ham, ground beef, bacon, bison meat, and extra cheese ($15.99), and vegetarians can indulge in the self-explanatory spinach, havarti, and artichoke pie ($10.69/10") paired with Sprecher's root beer ($1.69). Jeff's menu delves deep into baked savories beyond pizza, heaving hot, hefty calzones ($4.99+), toasted subs ($5.79), and thick cuts of saucy lasagna ($5.99) directly into mouths before they can apologize for taking small bites out of all the breadsticks ($2.99/side).
Papa Murphy’s pizza eschews monarchical store baking and provides fresh, high-quality pies for customers to enjoy on their own terms. Every pizza on the menu is made to order and whipped together in moments by artisan dough-throwers, who slather on a groundwork of sauce and cheese and then construct leaning towers of harmonized toppings. Stuffed pizzas sandwich a slew of meat and veggies between two layers of dough in a tasty Windy City tribute ($12.99–$14.99) and gourmet pizzas such as the Papa’s Favorite feature traditional red sauce and smorgasbord of meat and veggie pie packers ($11.99–$13.99). A cornucopia of thin-crust pizzas can be loaded with one of four different sauces, including traditional marinara and herb tomato ($5.99–$11.99). With detailed instructions provided for baking, grilling, or laser blasting your personalized pizza at home, Papa Murphy’s lets you finally reclaim culinary sovereignty from the dictatorial delivery boy.
The chefs inside Godfather’s Pizza’s kitchen crown Original, Thin, Mozza-Loaded, and Gluten-Free crusts with fistfuls of more than 15 meat and veggie toppings. Predesigned pies simulate the flavors of other foods in configurations such as the Bacon-Cheeseburger Pizza with beef, bacon, cheddar, pickles, and onions. Sandwiches and hot wings round out feasts. In the dining room at some locations, ice clatters cheerily from Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, which dispense more than 100 flavors of soda as well as resumé advice for robot bartenders. Delivery drivers bustle past, filling orders or toting catered fare, and Godfather’s Pizza brims with happy chatter during field trips that introduce students to the pizza-creation process.
Even with Chicago's skyline some 300 miles away up I-80, the taste of Felix and Oscar’s deep-dish pizzas seem to bring it into focus. Its chefs pile up to 15 toppings on their authentic Windy City–style pies, layering Hormel bacon, pepperoni, and Graziano’s italian sausage beside less traditional add-ons, such as sauerkraut or shrimp. They ladle housemade meat sauce atop regular or gluten-free pasta and supplement their comestibles with imported beers and California wines. For diners on the go, Felix and Oscar’s allows customers to place their orders ahead of time to reduce the time they have to wait in the seating area. The pie-smiths also keep galas well fed with their in-house party rooms or offsite catering.
The chefs at Cheese Castle Pizza hand-hurl dough sky-high, preparing nine specialty pies that headline a menu of cheesy sub sandwiches, house-made baked beans, and piping hot pastas. Classic or thin-crust foundations anchor pizzas slathered in a traditional, spicy, or alfredo sauce and peppered with fresh toppings that include ham, mushroom, and sauerkraut ($5.39+). The taco pizza’s blend of Mexican-spiced ground beef, cheddar, and nacho chips throws sensory fiestas for taste buds ($8.69+), and the ham- and pineapple-flecked hawaiian pizza ($6.49+) evokes a seaside luau without the mandatory dance breaks and sand-filled socks. Alternatively, peruse the menu at BurgerTime and SpeedyTaco, which pairs 100% Angus beef burgers with tacos sheathed in hard, soft, and flour shells. Single- ($3+), double- ($4.25+), and triple-stacked ($5.75+) patties lay a foundation for bacon, mushroom, and swiss architecture alongside chimichanga abodes leased to steak and chicken tenants ($3.75). Today’s deal can be used for dine-in, carryout, or delivery, offering homebound guests an appetizing alternative to the imaginary crumpets served at children’s tea parties.
Located along scenic Copper Creek Lake, Bella Italia satisfies both eyes and appetites with classic Italian pastas and piping-hot pizzas and calzones. Diners inaugurate meals by proposing the marriage of taste buds to flavor with a crunchy order of mozzarella sticks ($5.99). Pastas such as the fettuccini alfredo with chicken ($12.99) cosset mouths with homemade sauce silkier than the Olympic ribbon-dancing tryouts.