Big Baby's Pizzeria & Pub conjures its menu of palate-pleasing pizzas and inspired appetizers out of organic, house-made pizza crust and top-notch ingredients. Cuisine architects can construct their own 14-inch piescraper with a base of made-from-scratch crust ($10.49), furnish it with jalapeños, black olives, and green peppers ($1.25 each), and top it off with a satellite dish. Or place your gustatory fate in the chef's capable hands by sinking carnivorous incisors into the meat lovers' pizza stacked with every available meat plus extra cheese to meld meats together ($17.99). Wanderlusting taste buds can dip into one of Big Baby's international pizzas, such as the thai pizza, which awakens senses with spicy ground meat and cilantro ($15.99). Guests can further accentuate their sliced experience by dipping slices of french bread into flavor-packed saucers of roasted garlic cloves and seasoned olive oil ($3.25).
Cooking up Italian staples and baking pizza has been a Walker family tradition since 1969, first at a pizza franchise and now at their own Old Shawnee Pizza and Italian Kitchen. They use the skills they've perfected over the last 40 years to make everything from their Alfredo-topped ravioli stuffed with three types of seafood to their Midwest-style pizzas on homemade dough.
They first top their inventive pizzas with sauces such as the classic red, salsa, spicy peanut, or garlic olive oil. From there, they use their multitude of unique toppings to create most any pie their customers can dream up, barring ones that bear an uncanny resemblance to Burt Reynolds. They also cook up specialty pizzas such as the Caribbean Jerk, made with jerk sauce, chicken, onions, pineapple, and roasted red peppers.
Before the owners of Pie Zano’s Pizzeria opened their restaurant, they knew that their toughest critics would be their own relatives. That’s because they planned for their menu to include the time-tested recipes that were passed down for generations. After receiving high marks in a family taste test, they flung open the doors of the neighborhood eatery to share their creations with the community. For an added touch of freshness, their specialty pizzas, meatball subs, and pastas boast ingredients culled from local sources. The family-owned establishment also shows its dedication to the community by supporting area youth sports programs.
Wheat State Pizza! has more kinds of pizza than a high school football coach has inspiring halftime speeches. The abundance comes from a rainbow of options diners mix-and-match to create unique combinations, starting with a whole wheat, white, or gluten-free crust topped with homemade sauces in flavors such as traditional red and whipped cream cheese. On that base, diners can construct a masterpiece pie from a palette of more than 30 toppings including standards such as pepperoni and sausage along with gourmet variants sunflower seeds, avocado, and soy cheese. Though diners don't need to assemble their own combination to enjoy a pie, as, like the Christmas list of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, the menue includes 15 types of specialty pizza. Creations such as the chicken carbonara treat mouths to a velvety blend of alfredo sauce, chicken, mushrooms, mozzarella, and bacon atop a hand-tossed or thin crust. Non-pizza options include the Crispy Chicken Salad and philly cheese steak sandwiches with chicken or beef. Diners can end their meals on a sweet note with one of the restaurant's medley of dessert pizzas, which layer wheat crust with saccharine toppings such as cream-cheese frosting, and apple pie filling.
Making hard choices is half of the fun at Waldo Pizza. When designing a custom pie, diners first have to choose from four different crusts?the yeast-risen, hand-tossed classic; the St. Louis?style thin crust with a glaze of garlic butter; the thick and chewy honey wheat; or the gluten-free dough, made using tapioca, eggs, soy milk, and rice flour. From there, diners choose from more than 60 different toppings, including everything from Cajun sausage and sun-dried tomatoes to grilled salmon and avocado.
The innumerable pizza and pasta options clearly demonstrate the Italian roots that the restaurant has embraced since originally opening in 1986, but the menu also features regional American staples, such as tender pork rib tips and cheesesteak sandwiches on toasted ciabatta bread. Additionally, the chefs forge a number of gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. The meals pair with craft microbrews and wine. Classic cocktails are also served at the Kansas City location, including the sazerac, which may be America's oldest known cocktail if one doesn't count bathtub gin with a little soap in it.
After a career of playing professional baseball, Bill Kelso hung up his jersey, tied on his apron, and started the original Kelso’s Pizza in 1969. Located near William Jewell College, the pizzeria quickly became a favorite haunt of the Chiefs players while they attended training camp. Despite relocating the restaurant, the current owners, Jeff and Kelly, still honor their father’s storied sports legacy; vintage photographs, jerseys, and generations of family trophies line the dining room’s walls while six flat-screen televisions play live sports broadcasts or chat with each other about their fantasy baseball teams.
Kelso’s Pizza strives to be more than a sports bar, though. Instead, the family emphasizes serving pizzeria staples in a family-friendly environment. The menu brims with baseball-themed names, like the Grand Slam pizza with eight hearty toppings—including sausage, mushrooms, and julienned stat sheets—and a host of toasted sandwiches, such as the Pennant Winner, a roast beef delight oozing with melted provolone and Kelso’s buttermilk dressing.