For more than 50 years, Round Table Pizza has fired up the appetites of flavor-starved foodies with a host of appetizers, crisp salads, and topping-laden disks. Dough is made from scratch using wheat sourced from the company's family farms, ensuring that the bready foundations of mainstays, such as the barbecue chicken pizza ($17.90 for a medium), are fresh and familiar with agricultural machinery. House creation King Arthur Supreme takes charge of nearby chompers, guiding them through an invasion of pepperoni, italian sausage, salami, linguica, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives, and more ($12.75 for a small). Meanwhile, the Wombo Combo tempts taste buds with crisp bacon, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green onions, and a medley of magnanimously portioned meats ($7.30 for a personal size). Inspiration-stricken patrons can design their own pie or swing by the all-you-can-eat salad bar ($5.29) to adorn lush leaves with tasty toppings under the glow of the light bulb growing from their foreheads.
The chefs at Master Pizza toss out a menu of fresh thin-, thick-, and stuffed-crust pies topped with selections from five sauces and 24 toppings. Diners trick out custom 12-inch medium pizzas ($9.99 plus $1.25/topping) with edible bling such as green onions, bacon, pesto sauce, barbecue sauce, and Mother Nature's diamonds––anchovies. Divvy up the 12-inch philly-cheesesteak specialty pizza ($14.99) or dig into the California Club pizza's red onions and fresh avocado, spread over a layer of garlic sauce ($14.99). Buffalo fries ($4.99) add spice to a traditional side, and 10 wings in a choice of honey barbecue, tequila lime, or hot sauce ($6.99) delight sweet teeth or prepare tongues for lava-eating competitions.
Sid Fanarof, inspired by the artists around him, sought to do something creative in the kitchen. zpizza, which started in Laguna Beach and now has locations across the globe, fills with bustling chefs experimenting with ingredients traditionally associated with Indian, Californian, and Mexican cuisine. A parade of organic vegetables and skim-milk mozzarella from Wisconsin leads into the eateries, and organic wheat flour bakes over open flame to a crisp finish. ?If you don?t hear the crunch, it?s not a zpizza,? Fanarof says of the crusts on his website.
Chefs first slather the gluten-free, vegan, and regular crusts with sweet basil pesto, roasted-garlic sauce, or organic tomato sauce. Their hands flutter across, sprinkling on fistfuls of toppings such as MSG-free pepperoni, additive-free sausage, three types of mushrooms, roasted eggplant, and pine nuts. Vegan cheese and gluten-free crusts allow everyone to enjoy the pizzas except for those trying to hide the fact that they superglued their mouths closed.
When it comes to topping the brick-oven pizzas at family-owned Campelli's Pizza, chefs aren't at a loss for options. After kneading the dough into one of two crust styles, they can sprinkle on diners' choice of more than 30 toppings and sauces, including taco meat, black olives, and garlic-ranch sauce. Those ingredients come prearranged on 10 specialty pies, which complement a seasonally rotating selection of wine and local beer. As meals unfold inside Campelli's spacious dining room, diners may split their attention with the latest sports on 42-inch plasma televisions or take on a friend during rounds of classic board games.
In addition to baking its own savory pies, Campelli's Pizza hosts Make & Bake Parties that let kids make own personal pizzas under the guidance of a Pizza Master. Here, groups of two to 20 kids sculpt their own dough discs during 60–90 minute parties that include a small refillable beverage and enough pepperoni memories to last a lifetime.
Since its first pizzeria opened in 1978 in Palo Alto, Mountain Mike’s Pizza has stretched to encompass more than 150 restaurants throughout the West Coast. From the meat-laden Pike’s Peak to the vegetarian-friendly Mt. Veggiemore, 12 specialty pizzas—most of them named after mountains—arrive in portions from small to extra large, which can feed up to eight patrons or spark nostalgia in homesick, city-dwelling mountain goats. Diners can also choose their own conglomeration of ingredients, ranging from Louisiana-style hot links to sun-dried tomatoes, and supplement pies with an all-you-can-eat salad bar or a quintet of appetizer options including wings and jalapeño poppers.