At Cozmic, the culinary team kneads organic flour made from local Willamette Valley wheat into crusts that are brushed with buttery extra-virgin olive oil. Then, they pile on toppings and set the pies to bake on 700-degree stones. The list of toppings?many of which are also organic, such as the apples?breaks traditional pizza boundaries by including unique options such as kale, and vegetarian meats, which offer an alternative to the eatery?s local sausage, smoked pork, and pepperoni.
These Jersey-Eugene-style fusion pies are the brainchild of Kirk Giudici, also the founder of Rising Moon Organics. When Kirk decided to embark on a second organic foods endeavor by opening a pizzeria, he found himself drawn to a vintage 1945 building that was an Edsel car dealership back when man didn?t travel only by hovercraft. While renovating the 4,000-square-foot auto display room, the same environmental principles that led Kirk to organics undergirded his decorating approach of using only recycled and repurposed materials. As a result, diners sip their homemade fountain sodas and Oregonian microbrews while perched at a bar made from a shuffleboard and lit with dryer-drum light fixtures from Kirk?s Laundromat.
The restaurant space, massive enough to have once housed a fleet of automobiles, enabled Kirk to create a stage dubbed The Edsel, which has attracted national acts such as Michelle Shocked, The Be Good Tanyas, and eight-time Grammy Award winner Marcia Ball. In addition to musical acts, the pizzeria?s calendar is full of events such as Science Pub, when tipplers learn about topics such as why it?s impossible to teleport your clothes along with your body.
Though images of collegiate and Olympic athletes adorn Track Town Pizza, the 100-seat pizzeria's true stars are back in the kitchen. There, the staff has crafted pies the same way since 1977, topping from-scratch dough with housemade sauce, fresh produce, and more than 20 topping combos.
Many of Track Town's specialties pay homage to the eatery's track-and-field theme, including the Pole Vault, whose vegetarian-friendly medley includes cooked tomatoes and roasted-red-pepper pesto. Others just celebrate rich flavor, such as the Beef Taco, a Mexican-inspired mix featuring refried beans, seasoned beef, chips, and enchilada sauce.
Specialties aside, Track Town's culinary team gives diners a chance to create their own recipe from nearly 30 toppings, including smoked oysters and banana wax peppers. Breadsticks, wings, and customizable salads round out the pizzeria's menu, whose edibles can be complemented with a quintet of wines, 11 draft beers, or a carafe of marinara sauce.
Specializing in East Coast–style pizza made with the freshest ingredients, Bambinos offers an extensive menu of primo pies and other casual comestibles in a fun, family-friendly environment. Whet your appetite with a savory sampling of garlic knots ($0.25 each), baked hot wings ($7.50), or Bambino’s wide selection of salads ($3.50 and up). Each of Bambino’s gourmet pizzas sets out in the world equipped with hand-stretched, homemade dough—available in traditional white or whole wheat—fresh tomato sauce carefully crafted according to a secret recipe, real mozzarella cheese, and the blessings and prayers of its delicious family and friends. With more than 30 toppings (locally grown whenever possible), Bambinos offers a circular concoction to please every taste bud, from the carnivorous charms of the six-meat mafia meat lover’s special ($18.50 and up) to Haley's veggie garden pizza ($17.50 and up). Guests with allergies to disc-shaped dinners can also opt for 7-layer lasagna ($9.50) or papa’s meatball sub ($7.25), oft enjoyed by mamas, uncles, and strangers posing as distant cousins. Bambinos brownie sundaes ($3.25) and slices of creamy cheesecake ($3) are available to indulge post-meal sweet-toothery.
No man is an island, but Mazzi's proves that an island can be a man's muse. Since 1970, founder Frank Ernandes has looked to his father's former home?Favignana, an island off of western Sicily?for culinary inspiration. His menu prioritizes authenticity in both flavor and preparation, relying on locally sourced ingredients and homestyle cooking methods to give entrees their rustic edge. Before being crushed into the house pesto sauce or edible confetti, basil leaves arrive from the restaurant's own farm. Tomatoes and vegetables reach the kitchen from other nearby harvests. And the bread, fettuccine, and sausage are all housemade.
Mazzi's design also recalls its pastoral island roots. Around a villa-like exterior, blossoms cascade from hanging flowerpots and water burbles down the stone steps of a fountain. Stained-glass depictions of vines and grapes spiral on the windows, looking in on the dining room and its two fireplaces?glowing fixtures that helped Mazzi's earn a spot on Yahoo! Voices' list of Eugene's most romantic restaurants. The venue is no stranger to awards for its food, either. In 2011, it won second place in the Register-Guard's Italian category and took the same spot in Eugene Weekly's The Best of Eugene 2012?2013.
On Thursdays–Sundays at Custom Pizza, housemade dough is rolled into flat rounds, aerated to ensure even cooking and prevent bubbles, and then decorated with classic and creative toppings and housemade sauce. Patrons can call ahead for delectable pies such as the garlic-chicken pizza—topped with a creamy white sauce, bacon, onions, and chicken—then take them home and bake them to cement their status as hunter-gatherer king of the household. Or they can grab a seat inside or outside, supping on pies and calzones topped or stuffed with canadian bacon, salami, mushroom, and jalapeños. On Friday or Saturday, they can lure wings, pizza, breadsticks, and soda right to their doorsteps thanks to Custom Pizza’s delivery service (valid within a 10-mile radius of the shop).
At Countryside Pizza & Grill, chefs start each day making two ingredients from scratch: pizza dough and sauce. At the first call, the pizza professors begin to roll the prepped dough with garlic butter, adding layers of sauce, mozzarella, and toppings—including pesto sauce, bacon, and jalapeños—to ensure a savory pie that is as piping hot as it is packed with freshness. But, as the name suggests, there's more to the eatery than food shaped like a 1491 model of earth. The chefs also make calzones, burgers, and steak and seafood entrees such as top sirloin or wild Pacific salmon.