As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s Pizza has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments.
In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.
So successful were the three original Lamppost Pizza establishments that the eatery has grown to 37 locations since its inception in 1976. Friendliness and fun unite with the pizzeria's penchant for sports to make visits memorable. But as nice as big-screen TVs can be, the real magnetism of this haven for sauce and cheese lays in the pies spun in the kitchen. Beer and wine complement the menu, which also includes calzones, pastas, sandwiches, and grill fare such as burgers.
Serving fresh and speedy pies across America for more than 50 years, Little Caesars now sates impatient appetites and sauce-starved tongue buds worldwide. Select from cheese, sausage, or pepperoni on your two sumptuous, Hot-N-Ready large pizzas (a $5 value each), which are crafted from fresh dough disks that are made in-store every day and will be ready and waiting whenever the craving hits you. The accompanying order of eight Crazy bread sticks and tomato-based Crazy sauce (a $2.99 value) is perfect for completing the party or sating stomachs that have developed crust issues ever since they caught pizza sharing a plate with predressed salad.
Need a fix? That's what we do. We offer hand-crafted gourmet pizzas, authentic Italian gelato and sorbet (made fresh daily), baked-to-order cookies (in under 2 minutes), delicious oven-roasted sandwiches (served with homemade fries) and some pretty yummy appetizers too!
It may be called the Big Apple, but New York City is far more famous for another culinary export. Pizza practically counts as its own food group across the five boroughs, where the slices are thin and foldable. If the pies at Giant New York Pizza are any indication, Vallejo is staking its claim as New York's honorary sixth borough.
The pizzeria's chefs are decidedly old school in their approach, starting with housemade dough that's brushed with olive oil and slathered with a sauce that's also housemade. They take some liberties with their toppings, straying from New York tradition to create pizzas such as the Santa Fe (chipotle pesto sauce, chicken sausage, red onions, sweet corn, tomatoes, and cilantro) and the spicy Maui (white sauce, grilled chicken, pineapple, red onions, and jalape?os).
When it comes to specialty pizzas, Napoli Pizza & Pasta bats for the fences. Since 1968, the pizzeria has pleased customers, stuffing their menu to the breaking point with a whopping 15 different specialty pies that entice vegetarians, meat-lovers, and barbecue fans alike. Fixins such as salami, sausage, barbecue sauce, pesto, artichokes, and chicken crowd the crusts?crusts that come in regular and gluten-free varieties. The pizza Christonio, named after the owner?s son, leaves off the sauce completely and piles on four cheeses. Another pizza named after the owner?s daughter, Natalia, slathers pesto sauce atop the crust. And the chefs don?t just make pizza. They also have a variety of homemade pasta dishes, sandwiches, and calzones.