Carved wooden pizza chefs stand sentry outside Georgio's Pizza & Pasta's white-brick storefront, heads tilted back as if tracking the trajectory of the dough their human counterparts mix fresh each day and hand toss for each order. A brick oven toasts the crusts and melts ricotta and fresh mozzarella over toppings such as kalamata olives, pine nuts, and philly steak. Sicilian-style pies transform their components into thicker, four-cornered mozzarella monoliths that slide neatly into a standard briefcase, and complementary flavors unfold in overstuffed pastas and subs.
The cooks at Dan Good Pizza understand that everybody has their own favorite style of pizza, so they load their menu with seemingly limitless options. They start with a base of five crust varieties: thin and crispy flatbread, hand tossed traditional, round or square pan pizzas, Chicago-style deep dish, or gluten-free. They then decorate the dough canvas with sauces and any combination of their 34 toppings. Tried-and-true creations come in the form of specialty pies, including the Mediterranean, which is topped with spinach, red onion, marinated tomatoes and feta cheese. To complement their pizzas, they offer cheddar and bacon bread sticks with a garlic and herb cream cheese spread and jumbo bone in butter-parmesan and jamaican-jerk wings, which come by the piece for convenient sampling.
Jet’s Pizza—ranked among the best-selling pizza franchises in 2010 by PMQ Pizza Magazine—has exploded with more than 200 locations since brothers Eugene and John Jetts opened their first shop in 1978. The menu teems with customizable pies ($9.89 for large), each built on traditional hand-tossed crust, thin crust, or deep-dish crust, available in eight flavors such as poppy seed, Cajun, and garlic. Chefs fling dough disks into as the air while Olympic shooters blast the flying, red-sauced rectangles with one of 18 available toppings ($1.49 each on large pizza). Various 8-inch subs also pay visits to hungry mouths, toting bready luggage stuffed with a range of warm meats and cheeses ($5.99). Before digging into a main dish, share an order of bubbly, triple-cheese Turbo Stix, which come topped with mozzarella, cheddar, romano, garlic, and butter ($5.99 for 12 pieces) and are served with pizza sauce perfect for dipping or drawing designs on crisp dress shirts.
Zaa! Simply Unique Pizza's oven technicians build their menu of eclectic pizzas on a foundation of thin, fresh crusts. After artisan pies are smothered with cheese sliced daily and a bounty of toppings, staff swiftly deliver steaming pizzas—such as the spinach-and garlic-coated Popeye Zaa ($9 for medium, $14 for large)—to tables. The Woodward Ave Zaa ($9 for medium, $14 for large) piles charred pepperoni, meatballs, and jalapeños upon its base like a general mounting tiny weapons on his cap. Each customizable Neapolitan creation can be strewn with salami or ornamented with artichoke hearts ($1 on medium, $2 on large). An array of Zaandwiches ($7.25) fit delectable barbecue chicken or veggies inside eminently portable bread casings.
Despite the name, Four Brothers Pizza does more than just mozzarella-topped pies. In addition to adorning round or square crusts with the likes of pepperoni, peppers, and feta cheese, cooks prepare halal dishes that range from gooey cheese-filled quesadillas to wings. They also sizzle up burgers and chicken patties on the grill, and sprinkle relish and cilantro atop fully loaded hot dogs. Guests can enjoy all of this inside the eatery, or order meals and have them delivered right to their home or jury box.
G's Pizzeria has always been about family. It started as a mom-and-pop pizzeria founded by the Gealy family's very own mom and pop, Sharon and Arthur. And as G's grew into a franchise, that tradition only strengthened, with new members of the family joining the business. Other traditions remain alive and well here, too, such as the family's breadstick recipe (freshly baked spears topped with garlic butter and parmesan cheese) and, of course, the pizzas, all made with a secret dough and sauce recipe. But not everything at G's is strictly traditional; just look further down the menu, where you'll find Mexican-inspired burritos, nachos, and quesadillas.