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.
Armed with only an oven and an old treasure map made of mozzarella cheese, the chefs at Rival’s Pizza bake a long list of pizzeria specialties to a bubbly golden brown. The eatery models its menu after an old-fashioned pizza parlor, but staffers also whip up dough disks in modern 30-inch sizes and make it rain with free sprinklings of parmesan, poppy seeds, crushed red peppers, and cinnamon. Complementing Rival’s main dish are pasta, stromboli, calzones, and a smores dessert pizza with Hershey's chocolate; delivery is available for an extra dollar.
Back in 1957 when Marie and Joseph "Jo-Jo" Hashim founded Jo Jo's Original Pizza, they decided to concoct original recipes for their breads, crusts, and housemade sauce. Fifty years later, most of these savory instructions are still in use, guiding chefs as they craft traditional pies as well as Jo Jo's specialty hawaiian and taco pizzas. Run today by Marie and Joseph's descendants, Jo Jo's rounds out its menu with other classic Italian fare, including housemade lasagna, pastas, and subs.