As a member of the Joe Bologna restaurant portfolio, Wildwood Friendly Tavern serves up fresh, local cuisine inside a rustic, Michigan-themed establishment that pays homage to William E. Scripps Wildwood Farm in Lake Orion, Michigan. Towering onion rings, gooey pizzas, and juicy burgers adorn tables for dinner, light night snacks, and vampire breakfasts, as kitchen flames often flicker until midnight. Seasonal Michigan products weave themselves into most dishes, including fried Gielow pickles from Lexingon, Eastern Market beef, and flaky Great Lakes perch. Fueled by local brew from Bell's and Frankenmuth Brewery, patrons delight in Keno, drink in six screens of Michigan sports broadcasts, nod heads to live music, or test auctioneering skills at weekly open mic nights. Rustic furniture—produced by Moon Valley in Clarkston—showcases Upper Peninsula–sourced cedar, booths, and tables amid a 14-seat bedrock granite bar.
The chefs at Russo's Gourmet Pizza bake hearty signature pizzas with a full spectrum of fresh, colorful toppings. Each of the 15 signature delicacies features its own blend of sauces and ingredients, and may sit atop a choice of four varieties of pizza crust including sesame seed, butter parmesan, garlic, and Cajun. To prevent regulars from sprouting pepperoni on their chests, Russo's Gourmet Pizza also crafts traditional Italian entrees such as vegetable lasagna and chicken parmesan. Intricate salads feature ingredients such as dried cherries and gorgonzola cheese, and gluten-free pizza and vegetarian options accommodate patrons with special diets. The pie menagerie offers delivery service seven days each week, preventing pizzas from getting lost while rolling to homes on their own.
Before Shawn Randazzo even opened his own pizzeria, he was already an internationally recognized pizza maker. In 2012, Shawn entered the International Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo, a renowned industry trade show that brings together the world's best pizza artisans. There, he was awarded with two honors: Pizza Maker of the Year and Best American-Pan Pizza.
It's not surprising that he claimed the country's best pan pizza considering the meticulous preparation involved. His square steel pans—synonymous with Detroit-style pies—have the same design as the ones mechanics use to catch small parts or the tears of busted carburetors while working on cars. It takes three hours to prepare each pan, as they go through several cycles of being coated in seasoning and then heated in the oven until the flavor is quite literally baked in. The steel construction ensures even heat distribution, leaving the deep-dish crust perfectly baked each time.
It was coming off his Pizza Expo victory that Shawn was inspired to open Detroit Style Pizza Company. Here, he uses the same award-winning recipes and high-quality pans to prepare specialty pies such as the Motor City meatball pizza with mushrooms and red onions. The specific recipe that won Shawn his pan-pizza title was the chicken Caesar, which is topped with white-meat chicken, Applewood-smoked bacon, a two-cheese blend, and Caesar dressing, which caramelizes the onions as the pie bakes.
Cloverleaf's pride and joy is its deep-dish square pizza. These right-angled rations can be customized with your choice of toppings ($10.99 for a large, $1.59 per topping) or effortlessly enjoyed in specialty varieties such as the Greek, crowned with ham, red onion, black olives, tomatoes, and feta ($14.99 for a large). Or opt for the veggie, which is incidentally coated in mushrooms, red onion, green pepper, and black olives ($14.99 for a large). If you like your pies the way you like your contact lenses—without sharp corners and smothered with hot cheese—Cloverleaf offers round pizzas with all of the same fancy fixins ($9.99 for a large, $1.59 per topping). Fill in any gaps in your gastronomic pyramid with an order of hot, barbecue, or Italian baked wings ($4.99 for a half pound), cheesy breadsticks ($4.99), a fresh tossed salad ($4.99 for a small, $7.99 for a large), or a cinnamon zeppole ($3.99), an elephant-ear-style dessert.
The cooks at Dan Good Pizza understand that everybody has their own favorite style of pizza, so they load their menu with seemingly limitless options. They start with a base of five crust varieties: thin and crispy flatbread, hand tossed traditional, round or square pan pizzas, Chicago-style deep dish, or gluten-free. They then decorate the dough canvas with sauces and any combination of their 34 toppings. Tried-and-true creations come in the form of specialty pies, including the Mediterranean, which is topped with spinach, red onion, marinated tomatoes and feta cheese. To complement their pizzas, they offer cheddar and bacon bread sticks with a garlic and herb cream cheese spread and jumbo bone in butter-parmesan and jamaican-jerk wings, which come by the piece for convenient sampling.
Back in 1956, Paul A. Buscemi brought a slice of the East Coast to Detroit?in the shape of a long, stacked sandwich, which he named the Torpedo. The sandwiches were wildly popular, and Buscemi soon began crafting pizzas, too. Little has changed about Buscemi's over the last six decades, aside from the fact that there are now many more locations, since he and his son expanded and franchised in the '70's, just after the infamous dough drought ended. At each location, visitors will find the same commitment to quality sandwiches, pizzas, and Italian-style cuisine, such as sausage-lined calzones, famous steak subs, and specialty pizzas loaded with a variety of customizable toppings.