Sam and Chuck Owen opened the first Gionino's Pizzeria in Tallmadge, Ohio, more than 20 years ago. Though small, the eatery proved to be a fierce competitor in the restaurant world due to its pizza dough, which was made fresh every day, its high-quality cheeses?including fresh mozzarella and aged provolone?and its housemade pizza and wing sauces. The pizzeria now spans 40 locations across northeast Ohio.
The oven masters behind Guys Pizza Co. understand the benefit of making their pizza dough daily and topping their pies with fresh meats and hand-cut vegetables. Kids will happily eat anything that looks like pizza, but parents can feel comfortable giving them slices made with real flour and ingredients instead of preprocessed concoctions. They cover wide New York–style pies and deep Chicago-style crusts with custom combinations of toppings that range from classic pepperoni and mushrooms to roasted red peppers and gyro meat. They can even meet the demands of gluten-free diners or gluten-free Bond villains by making small and medium pizzas with a rice-flour crust. The pizza-makers have also tested a variety of specialty pies, including the loaded baked potato topped with white garlic sauce, smashed potatoes, bacon, and three types of cheese. They also cook up hearty panini-style sandwiches called Guyninis, calzones that serve up to 10 people, and stuffed s'mores desserts that pack gooey marshmallows and chocolate into a graham-cracker square.
Chicago-style pizza is usually shorthand for deep-dish, but not at Jack and Joe's Pizza LLC. Instead, its Taste of Chicago pie draws inspiration from Chicago-style hot dogs, with relish sauce, kielbasa, and sweet hot peppers sprinkled atop poppyseed crust. The pie is part of Jack and Joe's masterpiece collection, whose other unusual pizzas include Peanut Butter Mania, a medley of peanut-butter sauce and apples sautéed with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Of course, pizza-makers also crown their stone-baked crust with more traditional fixings, including mushrooms, green peppers, and sausage. Classic pizzeria and Italian-style dishes, such as garlic parmesan breadsticks and breakfast carbonaras, round out Jack and Joe's menu.