At The Original Primo Pizza & Grill, chefs whirl handmade dough and whole, peeled tomatoes into a variety of thin-crust pizzas. While the menu includes classic standbys such as the hawaiian pizza, customers can also create their own perfect pies from toppings such as garlic, mushrooms, pepperoni, and sausage. What really shines through, however, is the restaurant’s large selection of specialty pies: buffalo-chicken pizza is topped with chicken and zesty buffalo sauce; Nutella pizza with brown and powdered sugar; and the American-style pizza gets topped with steak, peppers, onions, american cheese, and a pervasive dislike of the metric system.
While pizza dominates the menu, diners can also explore traditional Italian entrees, including dinner specialties such as chicken scampi, veal milanese, and spaghetti with clam sauce.
After successfully preparing 12 grilled quail for a prince, one commands a certain amount of respect in the culinary trade. This was, in fact, part of Alex Cormier’s daily duties as personal chef to prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, a gig he held during the prince's visit to the United States. Perhaps even more impressive than his part-time brush with royalty, Cormier once stood at the helm of his own restaurant, Alex on South, where his reputation for artful, elegant French fare took off and his culinary star shone brighter than ever over the Atlantic seaboard.
After closing his restaurant and completing stints in various other four-star kitchens, Cormier journeyed to Rick's, which had already achieved local fame for its standout Italian fare. In his temporary role as executive chef, Cormier saw a reflection of himself in the restaurant’s base menu of Italian favorites, and it was not long before he took over in a permanent role. Today, he continues the tradition of fine Italian cuisine that has kept Rick’s on the map for more than a decade, occasionally drawing on his own experiences to pepper the menu with European and Asian influences or dazzle his fellow chefs with onion-ring volcanoes.