Named the #1 pizza by Coweta Readers’ Choice in 2010, Goodfella's Pizzeria lifts cheese and sauce from the dreams of Italian chefs and serves them in a simple, laid-back atmosphere. Saddle up taste buds to scrumptious menu items such as the Boss pizza, a customer favorite loaded with pepperoni, beef, two kinds of sausage, Canadian bacon, and a garden of vegetables plopped onto a thick cushion of cheese ($10.49 small, $16.99 large). Or enjoy the Hoffa buried-in-cheese pizza, on which layers of pepperoni rest beneath a thick, gooey entombment ($9.49 small, $15.99 large). Besides pizza, Goodfella's fetes diners with homemade subs, fresh salads, breadsticks, buffalo wings, and packed calzones that serve as a handy snack for those swathed in the tail end of a two-person horse costume.
Among the oldest and longest-held single-family businesses in Kansas City, Pizza Shoppe began like many murder mysteries begin—during a dinner party on a dark and stormy night. Dick Ryan realized he was short on a key ingredient and decided to improvise, whipping up a pizza from what ingredients he had and baking it to a crispy crust. The first Pizza Shoppe pizza was born, with Dick's wife, Loreta, having the honor of the first bite. More than 45 years later, the pizzeria has expanded to 20 locations in four states, and its signature crispy crust has been topped by ever-bolder permutations of toppings. The Butcher Block emphasizes bacon and pork, while the BBQ Chicken accents its eponymous ingredients with pineapple, jalapeños, and cheddar cheese. Patrons can also paint their own dough-canvases with off-the-beaten-path ingredients that include corned beef, blue cheese crumbles, genoa salami, and dill pickles.
Gaetano's Pizzeria is named for the owner’s grandfather, Gaetano Guadagnino, the son of Italian immigrants who tantalized his family with homemade pizzas topped with sauces and veggies from his own garden. To honor his memory, the restaurant hand-tosses the dough for its pizzas and calzones, smothering them in a house-recipe red sauce. Each pizza is made fresh to order, instead of being kept warm and crisp by lingering beneath a hot lamp or in a tanning bed for hours on end. An earth-toned dining room showcases its warm atmosphere with stone accent walls and live green plants surrounding deep brown chairs and padded leather booths.
With a passion for their authentically inspired sauces, the cooks at Roma's Italian Restaurant top virtually all of their entrees with zesty marinara, decadent alfredo, or wine-based lemon sauce. They use vegetables bought directly from farmers’ markets to adorn house-made baked pastas or savory meats sautéed in pure olive oil. When they aren’t using the ovens to bake New York–style pizzas or to cathartically incinerate grueling crossword puzzles, they fire them up to bring meat-filled calzones and house-made rolls to golden-brown fruition.