Pizza in Utica

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The Sokolowski family fired up Checkers Family Restaurant and Pizzeria in 2001, determined to fill the following decade with cheese and pepperoni pizzas and spicy wings. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner courses grace tables that sprout like wild wood-shop projects from the floor of indoor and outdoor eating areas. Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Checkers hosts fish fries that grant fresh haddock a starring role in both a sandwich and fish dinner.

425 Milton Ave
Syracuse,
NY
US

The chefs at Great Northern Pizza Kitchen draw upon Italian, Greek, and American culinary traditions while topping pizzas. After tossing crusts by hand, they turn to blue cheese, buffalo sauce, shredded pork, morsels of feta, and pico de gallo. Though some toppings seem adventurous, the mac 'n' cheese pizza and the potato-skin pie, a combination of bacon, sliced potatoes, and cheddar cheese, call to mind simple comfort foods. Tables clatter with plates of salads, pastas, and sandwiches in an 80-seat dining room with exactly enough spots for the 10 families cloned from the Brady Bunch.

340 Towne Dr
Fayetteville,
NY
US

Home Style Caterers whip up hearty Italian breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes for parties across upstate New York. An array of platters offers something appealing to all manner of partygoers, offering dishes that range from swedish meatballs to antipasto and kebabs. Pasta dishes are served alongside chicken available in 15 varieties, including marsala, parmigiana, and cordon bleu. Services range from prepping the food for pickup, dropping off comestibles at a party, offering a limited buffet, or treating guests to white-glove butlered service and hand-feeding them each piece of food.

1720 Union St
Schenectady,
NY
US

After scouring the United States in pursuit of its finest barbecue, Memphis Smoke House's chefs embraced Tennessee's tangy and sweet flavors as their culinary medium. The barbecue aficionados eschew charcoal in favor of oak, hickory-apple, and cherry hardwoods to slow smoke their briskets, chicken, turkey legs, and ribs each day. They rub meats in specialty spices before smoking them, then douse the tenderized morsels in house-made memphis bourbon barbecue sauce. The staff serves each platter with cornbread and authentic Southern-style sides of Cajun hand-cut fries, hush puppies, or mashed-potato molds of Robert E. Lee. In their dining room, cool air wafts through the wall's colorful signs, and classic music resounds across an outdoor seating area beneath a red-and-white tent. Memphis Smoke House can also cater get-togethers ranging in size from 15 people to large events of 300.

588 Lake Ave.
Saratoga Springs,
NY
US

Nové Italian Restaurant’s chefs whip up feasts of Italian cuisine with an eye towards authenticity and freshness, blending rich tomato and basil sauces with meats and seafood delivered to the restaurant daily. They craft dishes of broiled and sautéed fish and shrimp and tender steaks of chicken breast and veal, and pull crispy pizzas from brick ovens. The décor surrounds diners with an atmosphere that's both regal and cozy, much like a crushed velvet cape, with warm light from chandeliers bathing dark hardwood tables, half-brick walls, and classical white columns.

707 Saratoga Rd
Wilton,
NY
US

The white oak wood-fired oven in Brickhouse Pizza & Grille can top 600 degrees when it cooks the restaurant’s signature hand-tossed crusts to a golden brown. The pizza chefs also top tables with traditional New York–style pizzas, taking form with gluten-free and whole-wheat crusts and diverse toppings such as baby shrimp, roasted red peppers, and grilled chicken. Housemade pastas compete for stomach space with sandwiches that include the Diesel burger—a mammoth half-pound patty stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon, then audaciously tempura battered and deep-fried. The eatery entertains patrons on select nights with trivia and live music.

5 Clifton Country Rd
Clifton Park,
NY
US