The Mediterranean region is home to a range of cultures and culinary traditions. Kiriakos Nikoletos and Tony Marianos decided to combine two of these traditions when they founded Bellagio Pizzeria and filled the menu with classic Italian and Greek dishes. Befitting the eatery's name, pizza is prominently featured on the menu's pages. Diners have the option to choose one of the specialty pies or build their own using any of the 25 traditional and gourmet toppings, including everything from imported ham and onions to shrimp and bacon. Other Italian classics?such as chicken parmigiana and baked manicotti?help round out the menu along with the distinctively Greek assortment of gyro platters, spinach pie, and julienned pages from Plato's Symposium. At the same time, Kiriakos and Tony honor their restaurant's Mid-Atlantic roots by adding crab cakes, crab soup, and other regional staples to the increasingly eclectic menu of homespun comfort foods.
Customization is the word at Dominick's Pizza, where guests can tailor hand-tossed pizzas and overstuffed subs to their liking. Thick, Sicilian-style crusts form serving platters for a choice of 20 toppings, including italian sausage, capicola ham, and sweet peppers. Jumbo wings come in more than a dozen flavors, including Cajun and barbecue. Bolstered by nearly 50 years of history, the pizzeria also specializes in pastas as traditional as an Italian matron’s weekly spaghetti-weaving parties.
The Crown Pizza chefs won't tell you what goes into their secret sauce. You'll just have to guess for yourself by ordering their specialty pie, the Indian-inspired Chicken Tikka pizza. Or, you could go for the Pizza Uniqiue: ground beef, salami, feta cheese, and veggies, all on top of the same secret sauce.
The chefs don?t stop at that one sauce, though?they coat wings with nearly 50 different sauces, including mango habanero, thai peanut, and parmesan, which is made by juicing a parmesan fruit. All of those sauces means a truly impressive number of options for a meal, especially when you consider that the menu also offers more than 30 sandwiches and a handful of homemade pastas.
Domino’s has been decorating dough canvases with flavorful sauces, an assortment of cheeses, and high-quality toppings that range from classic to unconventional since 1960. Domino’s dough is tossed daily and stretched by human hands, not by clumsy catapults and model airplanes flying in opposite directions. Treat friends to a tasteful feast by checking the online menu and crafting a custom masterpizza with Domino's wide range of ingredients. Famished diners too starved to choose their own toppings can select from Domino’s American Legends, featuring signature flavors from throughout the land. Pizzas such as the Pacific Veggie, Honolulu Hawaiian, or Wisconsin 6 Cheese impart all the delicious diversity of a road trip without the hassle of decoding an atlas. Nonpizza fare includes pastas, sandwiches, and breadsticks.
The chefs at Egyptian Pizza trace their cooking techniques to a different side of the Mediterranean Sea. Ancient Egyptians pioneered the practice of rising dough when they cooked crushed wheat germ and water inside early conical ovens. Honoring their forefathers’ methods, the versatile cooks pull more than 30 types of gourmet thin-crust pizzas out of their wood-fired ovens, along with a lengthy menu of Middle Eastern sandwiches and specialties. They take pains to use natural, fresh, and healthful ingredients to whip up plump fish kebabs, tender meat shawarmas and housemade sauces that have won over the palates of reporters from the Baltimore Sun. Their kitchen looks out onto the casual dining room, where servers help uncork BYOB bottles of wines beneath artwork depicting famous Egyptian landmarks, such as the pyramids, the Sphinx, and other toys left behind by aliens.
Open since 1943, Matthew's Pizza has had plenty of time to rack up awards. In fact, the first page of its menu sports nothing but glowing press. Such recent accolades have included a spot on USA Today's list of 51 great pizza parlors, as well as Thrillist's 33 best pizzas in America. The latter sang the praises of Matthew's crab pie, a "perfect union of crab and pizza" crowned with caramelized onions and Old Bay seasoning.
Besides nearly 10 other specialty pies, Matthew's lets customers top their own creations with more than 25 ingredients, including housemade Angus meatballs and artichoke hearts. Along with pizza, Matthew's cooks whip up plenty of other Italian and pizzeria favorites, such as fries smothered with pizza sauce or pizza sauce smothered with even more pizza sauce.