Wheat State Pizza assembles its pies on signature dough made fresh daily, including hand-tossed and thin-crust wheat. Customers may adorn their pizzas with more than 30 different toppings, ranging from cashews and mushrooms to pineapple and avocado. The menu also features a robust roster of pizza alternatives, such as sandwiches, salads, and create-your-own calzones, which pack in three main toppings along with fresh basil, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese.
On street corners from Texas to North Carolina, Johnny Brusco's Pizza serves up piping-hot slices of New York, and that's not whistling Dixie. It's not even kazooing Yankee. The franchise boasts a lineage that stretches back to 1965, when pie-smith Johnny Pace opened up his pizzeria just outside of Syracuse. Though the menu stays true to Johnny's classic style, today's crust-tossers aren't afraid to switch things up in modern style. Gluten-watchers can dig into a flour-free variant of the crust, and their specialties include such daring choices as a cream cheese pizza, a Philly-esque steak and cheese, and a zesty gourmet pie with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, and artichokes. Outside of the round stuff, diners might select a summery strawberry-pecan salad, a classic plate of bruschetta with pesto, mozzarella, and marinara sauce, and a finger-licking dessert of cinna-knots.
At Simple Simon?s Pizza, pies are anything but simple. The kitchen can whip up traditional pizzas, such as the Hawaiian and the green-pepper-and-sausage-bedecked Supreme, but the chefs really use their culinary imaginations when it comes to the house-specialty pizzas, which come topped with anything from hamburger and pickles to lettuce and potato chips. Simple Simon?s ovens also bake up calzones and stromboli. Chicken wings in flavors such as barbecue, Cajun, or hot wings round out the menu, along with desserts such as sweet bites of breadsticks wearing a cinnamon and icing disguise.
Offering an array of specialty-pizza choices and a plethora of additional toppings, Gambino's Pizza bakes crispy, edible plates brimming with elaborate orchestrations of ingredients. With a sweet and spicy foundation of traditional home-style sauce, each pizza balances a blend of 100% real mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Suppress angry, pitchfork-wielding appetites with a large Mobster pizza that buttresses pork and italian sausage, beef, mushrooms, pepperoni, green peppers, onions, black olives, canadian bacon, and extra cheese ($17.49 for a large). Celebrate all five food groups with an 18-inch hawaiian pie sporting canadian bacon, pineapple, and mozzarella ($19.49), or ease noshing anticipation with appetizers such as boneless buffalo blasters ($5.29 for five) and jalapeño cheese raviolis ($7.09). Afterwards, order a dutch apple, cinnamon streusel, or very cherry dessert pizza ($7.49–$9.99) to fool finicky children into actually eating dinner without preparing an asparagus-filled piñata.
Exposed wooden beams hang above terra cotta and reproduced antique tiles in Genovese Italian Restaurant's dining room. The rustic ambiance complements the dishes of award-winning Executive Chef Armando Paniagua, who uses ingredients sourced from six local farms to craft the Italian cuisine of northwest Italy's Liguria region. The wood-fired rotisserie and charcoal grill are imported from Italy, as is the pasta in dishes such as whole shrimp pesto risotto and spinach fettuccine. Chef Armando also pulls pizzas out of the oven, including one sporting wild berries, mozzarella, and a mint and fig balsamic glaze. To help wash down those items, barkeeps pour wines from Italy, Portugal, and Argentina, serve up microbrews, and supply digestifs that settle stomachs as gently as a Tums smoothie. New breakfast hours start at 8 a.m on Thursday through Saturday.
Johnny Brusco's Pizza builds New York-style pies for people of all pizza predilections. Minimalist margarita pizzas come adorned with light sauce, sliced tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. On the other end of the spectrum, Brusco's deluxe packs the dough to the crust with sausage, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, beef, canadian bacon, and pepperoni. In addition to their decadent disks, Johnny Brusco's dishes out calzones, strombolis, pasta dinners, and other Italian staples.