The chefs at Paganos Pizzeria plate Jersey-style pizzas and robust Italian entrees, served in a dining room that proudly displays Garden State license plates and a poster of historic Maplewood, NJ alongside an array of Reader's Choice certificates from the Hometown News that commend the eatery for winning in multiple categories. The restaurant is also found on Urbanspoon's list of Best Daytona Beach restaurants. Diners pair their veal parmigiana, baked ziti, or calzones with wines by the glass or carafe, cold brews, or soft drinks.
From its humble beginnings in 1959, Little Caesars has stretched its cheesy empire from coast to coast, doling out trademark deep-dish pizzas, sauce-drenched wings, and cheesy bread. In keeping with its history as a forward-looking franchise, Little Caesars has cooked up an iPhone application that highlights popular menu items and shoots out piping-hot pies from the phone's port. The pizza purveyor sends its Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, across the United States and Canada to fill the bellies of homeless people and disaster victims with its daily kneaded dough and freshly shaved mozzarella.
Pantheon Pizza's crust decorators fire up myriad Italian, Greek, and American favorites led by a menu of sauce-slathered pizzas. Doughy disks offer a cushy base for a trio of toppings (10", $8.99; 16", $13.99) such as hamburger, green peppers, and ham, baked under the cheese’s surface. Customize calzones and stromboli ($6.75 each) with à la carte toppings ($0.85 each), or grab an oven-hot eggplant parmigiana (8", $5.75) grinder or a Pantheon burger, with 100% beef dressed in bacon and triplicate cheeses atop a fluffy onion bun ($6.25). Full dinners pack cavernous breadbaskets with baked spaghetti and meatballs ($7.25) or a seafood sampling of fried catfish, fries, and hush puppies whispering in their indoor voices ($6.50).
King Pizza & Mediterranean?s white pizza does not have a drop of sauce. Instead, chefs cover the crust with heaps of mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, building up a monochromatic deliciousness. Of course, there are many other pizza creations that do include pizza sauce, along with ranch dressing, roast beef, jalapenos, and chicken. And the chefs really flex their creative muscles with the Greek-influenced pizza, which treats taste buds to gyro meat, onions, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce. If people want to forgo the pie, they can also take their gyros tucked into pitas, or dig into the pastas and burgers that also feature on King Pizza's menu.
The Petersen family takes food seriously. The owners of Graziano's Pizza and Sports make everything from scratch, from the dough and sauces to the tiny uniforms the athletes in the restaurant's TVs wear. They also adorn their pizzas and entrees—such as the vegetarian pizza and the eggplant parmesan dish—with ingredients culled from local suppliers. And just in case you need to email someone after completing the stuffed pie challenge (completing an entire stuffed pizza in one hour by yourself), the restaurant offers complimentary WiFi.
Luigi's Pizza & Italian Kitchen serves up a wallet-friendly menu of pizza, subs, and other Italian handheld edibles. Starting with a 14" cheese canvas, customers can craft their own masterpizzas with a palette of bacon, pepperoni, and peppers (($8.50; $0.75/topping) or get a slice of cheese pizza for a quick snack ($1.50). Like showers and revenge, well-stacked subs ($7.25–$9.95) can be served hot or cold, and the meat-lover's calzone ($9.95) and veggie-lovers' stromboli ($9.50) unify carnivores and herbivores long divided by which dinosaur they rooted for in Jurassic Park.