A portmanteau of “mozzarella” and “pepperoni” gave Marvin Mozzeroni’s its playful name, but the origins of the restaurant itself are rooted in New York. The pizzeria was founded by two Rochester natives in 2004 as Starving Marvin's Pizza before they changed the name in 2007 when they turned their single eatery into a franchise. To this day native New Yorkers own and operate the five locations found throughout the state, including their two new locations in Henrietta and Greece.
The emphasis here is on their numerous specialty pizzas, baked in a brick oven and made fresh daily with hand-tossed dough. They come with a thick or thin crust and homemade red or white sauce, and can be ordered whole or by the slice. The menu also features other Italian food, including calzones and chicken parmigiana, as well as a mix of American-style classics such as hoagies, cheeseburgers, wings with homemade sauce and bleu cheese, and hot dogs. Those with food allergies can opt for gluten-free pizza.
Sylvio Pizza's skilled cooks cover tables with hand-tossed thin- and thick-crust pizzas and mouthwatering, custom-sauced jumbo wings. Assemble a crack team of pizza busters and dig in to a large or sheet pizza layered in a choice of one topping. Accessorize pies with meaty fare such as pepperoni or ham, or test the crust's tensile cheese-strength by adding extra mozzarella, ricotta, or cheddar. Customers can pair a slice with sauce-slathered jumbo wings, opting for a spice coating between mild and XXX Hot for traditional buffalo-style wings, or try a more exotic taste such sweet 'n' sour or Cajun. Sylvio Pizza makes its pizzas from house-made sauce and dough, eschewing the flashy labels and luxury limos of store-bought ingredients.
With locations scattered throughout Rochester, the locally owned Cordello's serves hearty casual Italian fare to sate appetites of any size. Small, medium, and large pies arrive sliced into fourths, eighths, or twelfths and sport hearty toppings such as breaded chicken, bacon, or steak, while sheet-size pizzas extend to 32 slices to feed hungry party guests or test the division skills of the hungriest three. Plates of homemade Italian specialties perch upon tabletops in Cordello's family-friendly dining rooms, and delivery cars bear toasty boxes across the local area, allowing customers to enjoy the feast without leaving home. Committed to supporting the local community, the restaurant sponsors local schools and organizations, while hosting special events for youth, such as a "Make Your Own Pizza Day."
CiCi?s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing?or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
The chefs at Great Northern Pizza Kitchen draw upon Italian, Greek, and American culinary traditions while topping pizzas. After tossing crusts by hand, they turn to blue cheese, buffalo sauce, shredded pork, morsels of feta, and pico de gallo. Though some toppings seem adventurous, the mac 'n' cheese pizza and the potato-skin pie, a combination of bacon, sliced potatoes, and cheddar cheese, call to mind simple comfort foods. Tables clatter with plates of salads, pastas, and sandwiches in an 80-seat dining room with exactly enough spots for the 10 families cloned from the Brady Bunch.
Guys Pizza Co. is all about a custom pizza-eating experience, allowing diners to pick everything from the crust to the sauce to the toppings. Whether New York–style, gluten-free, or Chicago-style deep-dish, each pie comes loaded with a slightly sweet classic tomato sauce, zesty red sauce, white garlic recipe, or pesto sauce. Next come the meaty toppings—such as gyro meat or pulled pork—and fresh veggies, including green peppers, spinach, and olives. For the pizza averse, Guys also churns out burgers, wings, quesadillas, and sandwiches.