The ovens at Mancino's Pizza and Grinderswork work overtime. They cook each day, turning out batches of the restaurant's signature breadsticks, hot meat-and-cheese-covered grinders on freshly baked bread, and, of course, specialty or build-your-own pizzas. The ovens' interiors breathe thermal life into concoctions whose histories stretch far back in time. Their grinders were born?according to Mancino's menu?on the East Coast during World War I, when Italian immigrants served hearty sandwiches to shipyard workers who were grinding off rivets for warships. Near the ovens, cooks cover spaghetti and lasagna in handcrafted marinara sauce using an old family recipe. In addition to hardworking ovens, the restaurant's new location boasts four large-screen TVs and an ice-cream bar to cool down well-heated palates.
Stocked with a plethora of fresh ingredients and plenty of food-based passion, Sammy's Cucina dishes out Italian-American feasts in a quaint, rustically decorated setting. Nestle into the 24-seat bistro restaurant while perusing the extensive menu of savory edibles, such as vodka penne swimming in a light tomato cream and sprinkled with crushed red pepper ($6.99+), or the arancini, rice balls stuffed with ground beef, salami, peas, cheese, breaded, fried, and crowned with meat sauce ($7.99+). Wanderlusting tongues will enjoy a slice of chicken fajita pizza, a cultural fusion of onions, green peppers, salsa, and monterey jack cheese ($12.49/small, $15.49/large).
Even without toppings, the pies at Andy's Pizza & Subs come in seven different flavors. The pizzeria crafts six variations on their regular crust, from dustings of cajun spices to coatings of garlic butter. Atop each, they add house-made sauces and flavorful toppings, from bacon and jalapenos to tortilla chips and taco meat. Pizza fixings—as well as ingredients for chicken parms and BBQ steak—also go into making Andy's subs, whose "party" versions stretch up to six feet in length.
Since Andy's opened in 1984, its menu has expanded from its eponymous menu items to include other hearty dishes, including hand-made lasagnas and hot dogs smothered with the shop's own chili sauce. Besides hosting lunch seven days a week, Andy's crew delivers its pizzeria goodies free of charge, though deliverers never turn down an appreciative arcade token.
Like a camera obscura built around a dinner table, Home Slice Pizza stays forever focused on its cuisine. Within the brick-lined establishment’s kitchen, chefs toss and fire large and extra-large thin-crust pizzas topped with ingredients as classic as pepperoni and anchovies or as original as artichoke hearts, seasoned steak, and A1 sauce. Under this flavor ornamentation lies the pizzas’ true foundation: cheese. Blends of mozzarella, feta, ricotta, cheddar, parmesan, and romano provide a solid base for creative ingredient combinations and add a gooey warmth to every bite. Not content to be confined to pizzas alone, cheese also douses orders of pan-baked cheese bread and supports focaccia subs flecked with herbs and stuffed with hot ham, turkey, bacon, and veggies.
In 19 years, the East of Chicago Pizza franchise has scattered its doughy delicacies to 90-some locations that stretch from the Midwest to Myrtle Beach. More than authentic, deep-dish, Chicago--style pizza stirs in its kitchens. The hearty Windy City pie homes in on hunger with a sauce-on-top construction and a knife-and-fork imperative. Still, appetites find their way to the loaded subs, boneless wings, and other savory fare on the menu. Fresh salads topped with grilled chicken or sprinkled with cheese balance the indulgence of parmesan poppers, cheezystix, and fold-over pizza sandwiches, leaving patrons more charged up than a robot after its first kiss with a power outlet.
From its humble beginnings in 1959, Little Caesars has stretched its cheesy empire from coast to coast, doling out trademark deep-dish pizzas, sauce-drenched wings, and cheesy bread. In keeping with its history as a forward-looking franchise, Little Caesars has cooked up an iPhone application that highlights popular menu items and shoots out piping-hot pies from the phone's port. The pizza purveyor sends its Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, across the United States and Canada to fill the bellies of homeless people and disaster victims with its daily kneaded dough and freshly shaved mozzarella.