Extreme Pizza's topping tycoons devise an innovative spread of ingredient combinations, forging distinctive tastes among a lineup of gourmet pizzas, creative salads, and zesty sides. Palates carefully balance the sweet-and-salty notes of the Paia pie, whose canadian bacon, pineapple, and mandarin-orange slices proffer a more flavorful taste of Hawaii than a molten-lava mai tai. Meanwhile, the Asian-inspired Hanoi Fever pie decks out dough with shredded pork soused in spicy hoisin sauce, peanuts, jalapeños, and fresh cilantro, and the Poultry Geist spreads ranch-marinated chicken over a bed of four cheeses sizzling with broccoli, red onions, and fresh sage. Bite-size wings wallow in a choice of four spicy or sweet sauces, and Extremely Twisted sticks imbue bready morsels with two types of cheese beneath oregano and fresh garlic. Otherwise, forks and pocket-sized bulldozers can unearth savory goodies found within a range of herbivorous ingenuities, such as a vegetarian-friendly caesar salad or the Wobbs salad, which nestles smoked bacon, grilled chicken, and sliced tomatoes in a bed of chopped lettuce and gorgonzola cheese.
The eponymous hot wings are the house specialty, fried and served with ranch or bleu-cheese dressing, as well as celery and carrot sticks. Choose two sauces to accompany your platter of poignant poultry; options are ranked on a scale from mild to suicide and include such varietals as lemon pepper, spicy BBQ, maple syrup, and Thai chili. Sate burgeoning grumbles with a six-piece platter ($7.25) served with fries, or go deep and gobble up a 50-wing platter ($25.95) and finally prove to friends that commissioning a T-shirt made of wet wipes was a good idea.
Ecco’s Pizza provides hordes of beach-roaming mozzarella apostles with a menu full of fresh ingredients, inventive recipes, and wedge-shaped slices of edible Italia. Pies come in four sizes and brave Ionian Sea currents with choices such as Ecco’s greek pizza ($10.25 for 10”/ $18.89 for 16”) with sun-dried tomatoes, imported olives, and feta cheese. Populate your mouth’s hull with The Ark, a pizza weighed down by sausage, ground beef, pepperoni, canadian bacon, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, black olives, and every other animal Noah trapped on his seaplane. Dinners include spaghetti marinara ($7.95) and the herbivore-friendly eggplant parmigiana ($9.50), as well as deli sandwiches and fresh salads.
At the bright and cozy Canadian Pizza & Grill, many of the pizzas are served in twos. Working in accordance with their regular “2-for-1” deal, cooks bake up pairs of pies fresh, tossing twin 10-inch, 12-inch, or 14-inch circles of dough with imaginative specialty toppings like chorizo, ham and pineapple, or Canadian bacon. They outfit both pizzas in sturdy cardboard boxes and matching "It's a Boy!" bonnets, peddling them to customers for the price of one. When they're not whipping up pizza duos, the kitchen staff turns their attention to other pizzeria classics, including crunchy foot-long subs, plump wings, and grilled philly steak sandwiches. They also prepare a variety of two-person pasta dinners that include meat lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and fettuccine alfredo.
It begins with dough, spun at its center into a flat round disk. Next comes the marinara––sweet red sauce ladled evenly across the pie’s surface and topped with handfuls of shredded mozzarella. Finally, the best part: Bella's more than 20 toppings, which range from artichokes and peppers to pine nuts and crispy bacon. Outside of artisan pizzas, the kitchen prepares hand-tossed salads, sandwiches, and hot wings in barbecue and buffalo flavors, which can be complemented with wine, beer, and gelato. Diners may also request Bella's catering services to feed a party or spice up a dull doctor's appointment.
Staffers at Pizza X Two have been slinging pies behind their neon-lit storefront since 1987. Already bubbling with 100% mozzarella cheese, their pizzas can don an array of extra toppings from bacon bits to green peppers. Salads and hot or cold subs also appear before diners seated on chrome barstools. In addition to their culinary prowess, the staff members are proudly bilingual, singing both Spanish and English lullabies to their pizzas as they cook.