There's plenty of room for storing popsicles within Marco’s Pizza's freezer, as the chefs opt for fresh ingredients when crafting the pizzeria staples on their menu. Their hands turn white with flour as they roll out dough for classic and thin-crust pizzas each day, all while breathing in the savory wafts of tomato sauce bubbling over a flame. To create the special-recipe sauce, the chefs assemble imported spices and three breeds of vine-ripened tomatoes. A blend of three cheeses, also never frozen or preserved between the pages of a thick book, top slathers of sauce and provide a soft bed for toppings such as steak, feta, and banana peppers.
The cooks at Blue & Gold Pizza fashion fresh dough into thin crusts, thick crusts, and deep Chicago-style pan crusts before layering on housemade tomato sauce and cheese from the Grande Cheese Company. They also prepare loaded salads, seasoned bread sticks, and sausage sandwiches on italian bread. Daring diners can take on the Blue & Gold Pizza eating challenge: downing an entire 12-inch Chicago-style pizza that, according to EatFeats, weighs 6 pounds, in 45 minutes or less.
Bella Pizzeria spins its New York–style dough discs from more than 27 different topping options, including five types of cheese. Cast your vote for thin crust or deep dish by the slice ($2.85–$5), or gear up for heated fan-club presidential campaigns by sharing the spoils of a whole pizza ($11.99–$25.99). Bella Pizzeria's menu also furnishes plates with calzones ($5.79), subs ($5.89), and a selection of pastas ($5.89). Indulge in the cheese-swathed excellence of the ham, ricotta, and mozzarella calzone, a slab of baked ground-beef lasagna topped with homemade marinara sauce, or bask in the flat-screens' glowing athletic combat as the Bella sub's team of prosciutto, capicola, salami, ham, provolone, and veggie conquer your hunger.
Four minutes. That's about how long it takes the 1,000 degree ovens at Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza to perfectly crisp each pie’s house-made crust without overcooking the sauce or toppings. To reach this volcanic temperature, the ovens are powered by pure anthracite coal from Pennsylvania, which burns hotter and cleaner than wood or old rags while lending a distinctive flavor to the pies.
The chefs add to this flavor by making fresh sauce daily from batches of Italian plum tomatoes and a closely guarded blend of extra virgin olive oil and spices. Every batch of dough is made using filtered water, and none of the menus' pizzas or sandwiches—made with wraps and flatbreads baked in the same ovens—is ever cooked with a microwave or fryer. Before any pie gets hit with heat, the chefs add as many as 19 different toppings, including bacon, roasted garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes.
At Jet's Pizza, the pies pile gooey cheeses, sauces, and delicious toppings atop thin, hand-tossed, and rectangular deep-dish crusts. Customers will also find the ability to "flavorize" their crusts, adding ingredients such as parmesan, garlic, and sesame seeds to them. And glancing at the menu, they'll also find hot sandwiches, wings, and salads, in addition to specialty pies coated in toppings such as pepperoni, veggies, and feta cheese.
Glowing neon against the horizon, Greenbriar Cinema Grill is a hybrid house that combines a movie theater and restaurant in one experience. From the outside, the destination looks like a retro diner—inside, patrons can sink into cushy maroon chairs at tables set up throughout the theater for family bonding and comfy noshing. Greenbriar Cinema Grill offers family-friendly picks that parents can enjoy, with recent options including The Other Guys, a blank screen between showtimes, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. As you and a guest marvel at the audio-visual spectacle displayed in front of you during your choice of a matinee or evening show, you can relax with a classic tub of corn kernels that have been heated into fluffy nubs with a bucket of Monsters Popcorn ($3.99), freshly popped with your choice of no butter, butter, or hold-the-popcorn butter. Though food is not included with today's Groupon, pull up a menu and take advantage of the latter half of Greenbriar's namesake with a 12-inch pizza ($9.99–$14.50), sandwiches ($6.99–$10.50), or a giant root beer float ($4.50).
HotBox Pizza’s cooks adorn three varieties of hand-tossed dough canvases with six savory sauces, cheeses, and 26 toppings to create a menu of dine-in, takeout, and delivery pies. The signature HotBox combines double spicy pepperoni and banana peppers, and Big Al’s Fredo fights off pernicious poultry cravings with a combination of chicken, roma tomatoes, fresh spinach, and banana peppers. Aspiring pizza architects can blueprint their own pies by laying down traditional, thin, or multigrain foundations and selecting from six varieties of sauce-carpeting. Doughy disks simmer with mozzarella, ricotta, Wisconsin cheddar, or fontina cheeses to hold down up to four toppings such as pepperoni and artichoke hearts. Circle-eaters can also save room in their knapsacks or hollow shoe-heels for fresh salad and bundles of breadsticks that come with nacho-cheese, pizza, ranch, or garlic sauce, and wash down stubborn bites with refreshing slurps of soda.