The pizza industry can be a crowded kitchen; it's tough for any particular pie to stand out above the field. But don't tell that to Shield's Pizza. Founded in Detroit in 1937, Shield's quickly gained a following for the pizza that remains its signature item: deep-dish pies, served in square-shaped portions. The restaurant has followed the same recipes and techniques since its inception by making the dough fresh daily, using fresh meat and produce for toppings, and loading up pies with layers of Wisconsin cheese. Mindful of the way appetites have evolved in the last half-century, they also craft hand-tossed, round gluten-free and multi-grain pizzas in addition to its traditional crust.
Shield's menu also extends beyond its pizza perfection. Homemade soup, pasta, burgers, ribs, and sandwiches offer savory alternatives, as well as appetizers such as nachos and buffalo wings. Pours of draft beer help wash down bites or scrub pizza sauce out of your silk ascot.
Radio-show host Ron Cameron has been a sports-radio personality for more than 40 years, so it’s no surprise that his restaurant’s name—All-Star Grill and Pizza—pays homage to the field. His restaurant’s menu, though, veers from sports-style food in favor of Italian dishes such as pizza, paninis, and pasta stirred with a gondolier’s oar. Chefs also fire Angus-beef burgers and hot dogs.
Pizza has been the main draw at Tania's Pizza since the restaurant opened in 1987. That's not much of a surprise, but this place does have a few tricks up its sleeve. Chief among these are the creative specialty pies, which include the Sam's Hawaiian (ham, pineapple, bacon, and onion) and the Royal Oaker topped or stuffed with cheese, pepperoni, ground beef, onions and banana peppers. The eatery complements its signature dish with oven-baked calzones, meatball subs, and other traditional dishes hailing from the quaint town of Italy, Michigan.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
At Antica Pizzeria Fellini, passionate chefs fashion wood-fired pies, sandwiches, and salads from traditional Italian ingredients and cooking methods, as live musicians fill the aromatic air with the sounds of strings and Latin jazz. Each delicious disk on the pizza menu bubbles with authenticity from being spread with imported italian cheese, sauce, flour, and olive oil and cooked in a traditional Neapolitan wood-fired oven, before finally being cast as an extra in a Scorsese film. Hand-sliced mozzarella cheese covers pizzas with creamy flavor, and the house-made dough kneaded from flour, sea-salt, and yeast instills pies with a mouth-watering simplicity. In addition to gracing dinner tables with the aromas and tastes of freshly baked pizza, Antica Pizzeria Fellini dishes out salads loaded with crisp, wholesome veggies, and traditional central Italian saltimbocca sandwiches.