Sugo chef Louis Prpich famously traded the vowels in his last name for the supernatural ability to reshape authentic Italian dishes using modern twists and flourishes. The seasonal dinner menu has been known to harbor the chef's specialty, ahi tuna ribs, seasoned and served with gorgonzola for dipping or pronouncing gutturally ($9). Sugo Bistro also forms its gnocchi by hand before tossing them with a creamy tomato sauce and giving them an extravagant Kentucky Derby hat of shaved romano cheese, cracked pepper, and fresh herb ($16).
The dedicated pizza professionals at Athena's transform heaps of handmade dough, savory sauce, and freshly prepared toppings into joy-inducing pies. Commission a customized Italian treat ($4.49–$9.59) by priming the crust canvas with red or white garlic sauce, then pick your favorite proteins and produce ($0.89–$1.99 per topping) to layer on top of cheese. An enticing list of pre-designed specialty pies ($9.49–$19.99) also satisfies creative cravings. Fulfill any empty stomach's fantasies with the bucket list pie, which is loaded with pepperoni, bacon, and sausage and sprinkled with Morgan Freeman's tears. Pastas, subs, gyros, and salads are also available.
At age 14, Michael Kidd and Cristopher Malita worked side-by-side at a local pizzeria and dreamed about what they might do differently if they owned one themselves. Today, more than 10 years later, they put their ideas into practice at Pudgies Eatery. The pair builds each pizza on a handmade crust rendered more flavorful by a special blend of rosemary and spices. Their roster of specialty pies includes the Pulled Pudgie pizza with barbecue sauce, pulled pork, cheddar, and onion, as well as the chicken bacon ranch pizza with white sauce and tomatoes. Instead of pitching them into a catcher's glove, the cooks toss chicken wings into housemade sauces ranging in flavor from Mississippi mustard and garlic parmesan to hot teriyaki. The kitchen team rounds out the menu with sub sandwiches stuffed with philly steak or meatballs and soft, fresh baked cinnamon rolls.
The sumptuous aromas of cheese and rich tomato sauce fill Zeppe’s Pizzeria & Italian Bistro, where Old World Italian specialties and thin-crust pizzas line tables in the elegant dining room or on the sunny outdoor patio. The bistro menu serenades the senses with savory medleys of pastas, salads, and seafood plucked from Italy’s creamy alfredo coastlines. Chefs fling golden-baked frisbees into take-out boxes as passing caravans consult the pizzeria menu, which carries a delicious cargo of thin- and stuffed-crust pies, chicken wings, and baked subs. Sauce-soaked penne dishes and cheesy calzones exude a royalty befitting of the restaurant’s columned arches and red drapery, and a covered patio supplies the shrubbery necessary to fashion makeshift crowns of laurel.
From over 9,000 locations from Delhi to Detroit, Domino's realizes a dream kindled over 50 years ago when the three dots on the famous logo represented one restaurant. After a memorable ad campaign in 2009, the franchise crafted a brand-new pizza recipe with the collaborative help of the cooks that make the pies, the customers that eat them, and the dragons that cook them. In addition to baking up hand-tossed, crunchy thin, deep-dish, or Brooklyn-style pizzas, kitchen staffers also prepare chicken wings, stuffed cheesy bread, and signature dessert pizzas. Domino's exemplifies their commitment to responsible community stewardship with a plethora of charitable pursuits, from their partnership with St. Jude's Hospital to their on-the-scene response during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Founded in the 1950s as a single carry-out shop, Your Pizza Shop quickly expanded into a multi-state franchise, with locations popping up like pepperoni toppings all over Ohio and Florida. Today, stores range from carryout-and-delivery joints to full-service restaurants with buffets, booze, and sports entertainment. After noshing on a piece of pressure-fried chicken, guests can two-hand a hot sub, or scrawl a love letter to their stromboli in marinara sauce.