Like an edible geometry textbook, Lil Paul's Pizza treats patrons to delectable squares and circles of hand-tossed pizza. A choice of 15 fresh ingredients festoon the pies along with crusts flavored with butter, cajun, garlic, and parmesan. For other handheld delights, the pizzeria stacks subs that include such classic staples as meatball and Italian, or a chicken variety that stays true to the shop's routes with a layer of marinara sauce. Salads such as the garden or greek give guests veggie options or mingle leafy greens with salami and pepperoncini.
Having been passed down through two generations of the Vettraino family, the Green Lantern Lounge is a pretty big heirloom. It even looks like one: since opening nearly six decades ago, the pizzeria has filled with sports memorabilia and old family photos. The Vettrainos honor the past in the kitchen as well, cooking pizzas with their original recipes that call for age-old techniques. These range from cutting thick, New York-style pepperoni from their links in natural casing to using a mammoth tusk instead of a rolling pin.
The hearty pepperoni pieces can be found on a few of Green Lantern's pies, including Tommy's Tantalizing Super Special with ham, mushrooms, and green peppers. Other popular menu items include the candy-coated bacon strips and the eponymous reuben, which features corned beef or turkey beneath a scoop of the restaurant's signature coleslaw.
Bionde's has been serving up a fresh menu of scratch-made pizzas, submarine sandwiches, ribs, and more to local pizzavores on the go since 1974. Bionde's pie, topped with a top-secret sauce, is enough to lure that debonair Dante scholar to your monthly book-club meeting. Choose to top Bionde's famous 18" pie, available in either deep-dish or hand-tossed varieties, with up to seven of the 14+ available toppings ($13.99), or opt for one of the gourmet pre-designed pizza creations ($11.99+) to finally declare a topping treaty among tense fellow diners. A selection of satisfying starters such as nachos ($4.99) and wings ($7.99 for 10) will suffice for the small appetited, and any of the sub sandwiches ($5.99 for 8"), ribs (from $10.99 for half), or salads ($3.95+) will satisfy the pizza protestor among you.
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.
Como's has been a Ferndale staple since 1961, long before pizza ever got its own U.S. Cabinet department. Now generations of Como's fans file through the restaurant's bright dining area daily?even until 4 a.m. on some nights. There they fill up on deep-dish and round pizzas, more than 20 different pastas, and around 30 house specialties loaded with meat, including chicken parmigiana and beef cacciatore. Aside from the food, events throughout the week make Como's a go-to spot for fun. The calendar features karaoke nights, holiday-themed parties, and even the occasional pub crawl.
Cooks at Amicci's Pizza's two locations crown giant 24-inch pies with italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto before delivery drivers chauffeur orders straight to homes and dorm rooms. The cooks begin with a flavored crust, such as garlic butter, sesame seed, Cajun, or mantel, then top the pizza with a custom blend of fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses. Specialty combinations include the pesto delight topped with mozzarella, mushroom, and tomato and the chicken thai pie with sweet 'n' spicy ginger sauce, red peppers, and mushrooms. The cooks also pile oven-baked 14-inch subs with steak and au jus or italian meatballs covered with pasta sauce.