From its humble beginnings in 1959, Little Caesars has stretched its cheesy empire from coast to coast, doling out trademark deep-dish pizzas, sauce-drenched wings, and cheesy bread. In keeping with its history as a forward-looking franchise, Little Caesars has cooked up an iPhone application that highlights popular menu items and shoots out piping-hot pies from the phone's port. The pizza purveyor sends its Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, across the United States and Canada to fill the bellies of homeless people and disaster victims with its daily kneaded dough and freshly shaved mozzarella.
ZaZa Wood-Fired Pizza's map of Mediterranean home cooking doesn't stop at Italy. Instead, the chefs draw inspiration from throughout the region, creating inventive interpretations of perennial classics. This is readily apparent in the eatery's pizzas, which form satisfyingly crisp crusts while baking inside a wood-fueled oven. Instead of just layering handfuls of pepperoni and mozzarella, the chefs encourage diners to create distinctive pizzas by using more than 30 available toppings, decorating pies with everything from brie and marinated artichokes to turkey sausage and grilled eggplant. To round out the menu, ZaZa Wood-Fired Pizza also features a variety of vegan-friendly dishes as well as a number of Mediterranean staples, including falafel and chicken shawarma.
The cooks at Bambino's Pizza & Subs know a pizza craving can kick in at any time. That's why they stay open until at least midnight every day, even delivering pies as late as 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The pizzeria's 13 hand-tossed thin-crust specialties sport everything from cheesesteak or taco fixings to vegetarian-friendly medleys of green peppers, black olives, and mushrooms. Other pizzeria staples, including cinnamon breadsticks, chicken parmesan subs, and piles of up to 30 wings, round out the menu.
Specialty toppings such as buttery crab and corned beef adorn savory pies at Amie's Pizza Factory, an eatery that won top prizes at Pizza Palooza in 2010 and 2011. Though pizzas are a point of pride, there's more on the menu to savor: loaded salads, housemade lasagna, and cold beer are a few favorites.
Like any great Italian meal, made-from-scratch dishes at Spaghetti Warehouse are created from family recipes passed down for generations. Using fresh ingredients ranging from ricotta, romano, and mozzarella cheeses to house-made tomato sauce and Italian sausage, chefs labor for up to three days to prepare batches of their 15-layer signature lasagna from scratch. The menu also offers perfectly al dente pasta, bottomless soups, and 12-layer chocolate cakes to share with family and friends.
It?s that feeling of togetherness that people love about Spaghetti Warehouse, a feeling that is only enhanced when the drinks start flowing and the air is punctuated by the sounds of laughter as kids play retro games, such as The Claw prize-grabbing machine. To reach their table, guests commonly have to step through two doors: the front door of the restaurant and the door of the antique trolley parked inside. Since its inception in 1972, the Italian eatery has merged the functions of kitchen and museum. Artifacts such as grandfather clocks, factory flywheels, and circus billboards surround diners as they delve into Italian creations.
The recipes at Rosie’s Italian Grille have spanned oceans and generations to appeal to present-day senses with aromatic Old World fare. Born in Montelepre, Sicily, Rosie immigrated to the United States in 1924, bundling with her a cache of culinary treasures mapped from mother to daughter. When the first Rosie’s Italian Grille opened on Sylvania Avenue, her three sons asserted that the hardest part of the entire enterprise was “translating her recipes.”
Today, executive chef Eric Kish continues to translate and update Rosie's culinary blueprints, marrying traditional and modern influences in a menu that boasts fine steaks, award-winning pizzas, seafood flown in from the Florida Keys, and fresh-baked desserts lauded for their presentation by the Toledo Blade. In the 27 years since the original Rosie’s opened, guests have delighted in not just the food, but the Tuscan-themed setting illuminated by flickering candlelight, which is more romantic than the flickering of a tableside cardiograph.