For 40 years, Mellow Mushroom's pizza bakers have been serving handcrafted gourmet pizzas that make a natural pairing with craft beers. The pizzas are made fresh to order and stone-baked, then dispatched into an eclectic, art-filled, family-friendly environment. Each Mellow Mushroom is locally owned and operated, meaning that every location has its own unique vibe while remaining focused on customer service and high-quality food. In fact, the founders go further in describing the restaurants' outlook: "Mellow is a state of mind, a culture, a way of being," they say.
The interior of Buck's Pizza resembles a cross between a cabin and a cozy sports bar, a place where inviting wooden paneling surrounds patrons watching sports on TVs and projection screens. However, one look at the menu’s second page and diners are quickly reminded that it’s a pizza place. The menu lists 22 specialty pizzas made with homemade pizza dough, which range from simple pepperoni pies to the more complex CBS Special with cheddar cheese, bacon, and rib-eye steak. Pizzas are served with hearty salads, chicken wings are slathered in a choice of 11 sauces, and hoagies are stacked between two slabs of homemade bread. For more intimate gatherings, guests can reserve Buck’s private party room.
In between video games, pool tournaments, karaoke, and poker hands, Patera?s Pizza Subs & Sports Bar refuels patrons with pizzas baked to a golden finish and subs crafted on freshly made bread. Chefs top circular disks with ingredients such as bacon, feta cheese, black olives, and ground beef before bidding bon voyage and popping them into the oven. Alternately, the staff assembles submarine sandwiches after bread busts out of the oven, stuffing slices with roast beef, tuna, and house-made meatballs. Spaghetti finds its way onto a plate with meat or marinara sauce, and gyros offer a quintessentially Mediterranean alternative to the quintessentially American grilled chicken sandwich. American and Greek influences share the dessert corner, where chocolate cake, cheesecake, and baklava vie for the attention of sweet teeth. Like anyone born in the ?80s and many 80-year-olds born on Leap Day, the restaurant is more than 20 years old.
Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza is pizza the way you want it. Established in 1981 to placate the pizza fanatic masses, Murphy’s pizza’s can be summed up in one word: freshness. Every morning, they mix, knead, and raise their dough from scratch, giving their dough the crunchy, chewy texture its famous for. Each pizza is made ready in a matter of minutes- the catch being that it’s completely uncooked. Instead of baking the pizza and leaving it to go cold on the ride home, Murphy’s allows you to experience pizza fresh out of an oven, your own oven in fact. Baking is as easy as firing up your oven to 425 degrees and popping your Murphy’s pizza in for a few minutes.
Pizza providers at Rocky's destroy hunger and mutilate snack cravings with a barrage of crust jabs and sauce hooks. The 14-inch Power Punch pizza piles on 13 lucky toppings—Italian sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, chicken-breast strips, bacon crumbles, mushrooms, banana peppers, green bell peppers, yellow onions, black olives, green olives, diced tomatoes, and an extra layer of Rocky's signature three-cheese blend, all above the tender, hand-tossed, oven-kissed crust and traditional rosso sauce. Lifting a slice is a workout for the arm and the face, so if you'd rather lighten the load, you can eliminate less-favorite toppings or ones that clash with your eye color.
MaFIAoZA's is based after a 1920's New York pizzeria and neighborhood pub and pays homage to the robust simplicity of Italian cooking by crafting fresh, seasonal dishes for lunch and dinner. Un-cage creativity and build your own pie ($2.75/slice, $9.75/12", $13.75/18"), or try a specialty pizza such as the Last Request ($19/$26), a colorful medley of black olives, pepperoni, salami, Italian sausage, Portobello mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, garlic, crumpled pages of romance novels, green peppers, red onion and jalapeños. The Consigliere ($12) is a hearty helping of meat lasagna sure to quench a rumbling appetite, and the caprese salad ($7 for small, $11 for regular) is an affable mountain of homemade mozzarella, tomatoes, and a chiffonnade of basil drizzled in a balsamic reduction. The welcoming eatery also often features live music to placate ears that are jealous of the stomach’s bliss.