Amid Johnny Brusco's NY-Style Pizza's family-friendly milieu, diners devour the restaurant's savory garlic knots by the plateful to get ready for massive New York?style pies and classic Italian dishes. With ties that stretch back nearly 50 years to a pizzeria in Manlius, New York, Johnny Brusco's bakes authentic flavors into every order and entertains groups in a dining room?bedecked with TVs for comfortable sports-watching?or at patio tables in the heart of Norton Commons. The extensive pizza menu includes gluten-free pies, as well, and their beverage list encompasses a lengthy selection of craft beer and wines.
Red and green racing stripes cut across the dining room walls of Mazarella, as if prophesying the uncanny speed of the pizzeria’s skilled chefs. Overseeing the action are owner Craig Padgett and his wife Michelle, who have owned Mazerella’s for more than 12 years, populating Southern Indiana with handmade pizzas available for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. As patrons slide into the marinara-red chairs, wooden fan blades waft aromas of hearty pastas and signature butter breadsticks into noses. Gooey pies erupt from the kitchen in several signature varieties, crowned by the legendary Big Z, with 15 toppings in all. During lunch, the restaurant’s popular buffet gives customers the chance to mix together dissimilar tastes, such as cinnamon sticks, salad, and napkin shreds.
The first location of Puccini’s Smiling Teeth opened in Indianapolis in March of 1991 to widespread acclaim. Though they've since added 13 other locations and expanded the menu to include Italian chicken entrees, salads, and sandwiches, they have never compromised their strict standards for pizza. They build each crust from gluten-free rice flour or all-natural, bleach-free wheat flour. This dough forms the foundation of nearly 20 specialty pies topped with imported cheeses, sun-dried California tomatoes, fresh herbs, shrimp, and other gourmet ingredients.
The chefs also toss pastas—made gluten-free with corn, upon request—with vodka-cream, alfredo, and diavolo sauces, and cook up meats such as shrimp and piccata-style chicken. Accompanying the food is a compact wine list and a selection of craft and gluten-free brews tapped from the naturally occurring beer geysers of Indiana and the Midwest.
Throughout history, some have used flags to stake their claim on a corner of the world. Others have drawn lines on maps. But it’s pizza that firmly marks the territory of Kenna’s Korner, where cooks hand toss their dough before colonizing it with dozens of fresh toppings. Served with ranch dressing on the side, the Kenna’s Special combines buffalo-wing meat with bacon, mushrooms, jalapeños, and onions, slathering the assortment in special sauce and two kinds of cheeses. Kenna’s rounds out its menu with salads and a selection of sub sandwiches, each nestled within an 8-inch hoagie roll and filled with everything from double hamburger patties to beef and sausage swimming in pizza sauce.
The pizza-slingers at Papa John’s build their pies with fresh-dough crusts composed of high-protein flour and filtered water that are hand tossed, then baked to a golden brown. Every pizza comes covered with with vine-ripened tomato sauce and 100% mozzarella cheese, and can be strewn with a cornucopia of toppings, from locally sourced green peppers and onions to beef, ham and spicy Italian sausage. The Hawaiian-barbecue-chicken pie hoards all bacon, onions, grilled chicken, and pineapple within a five-mile radius, and the pepperoni-and-sausage-topped John’s Favorite is the only pie to never have sat in the kitchen’s time-out chair. Chefs dust parmesan cheese and garlic on fluffy breadsticks, and lather wings in honey-chipotle, spicy, or traditional barbecue sauce. The Cinnapie dessert seals meals with a gathering of apple, cinnamon, and icing sweeter than a kitten in sugar-coated pajamas. Enter your zip code into the online menu to see a full list of prices for pies baking in your area.
The Jet's Pizza man bursts through a cloud in his trusty jet pack. Clad in green tights and a red Jet's Pizza shirt, his black mustache bristling in the breeze, he stretches out a hand holding a single pizza pie––steaming, gooey, and inexplicably aerodynamic. This whimsical mascot, who appears on many of Jet’s signs and flyers, emphasizes the founders’ philosophy that “pizza should be fun,” as well as their simple motto: "Life is short. Eat better pizza!"
In 1978, the first Jet's Pizza opened its doors in Sterling Heights, Michigan, under the dough-coaxing of Eugene Jett and his brother, John. Fueled by the popularity of Jet's signature deep-dish square pizza and a later thin-crust addition, the franchise has grown to more than 200 stores, each operating under strict preparation criteria to ensure consistency. Jet's can "flavorize" any crust eight ways with ingredients such as poppy seeds and Cajun seasoning. After dipping boneless or regular wings in a sidekick of sauce, diners can two-hand a calzone-inspired Boat or employ an actual boat to float to Italy and stick out their tongues at the competition.