Growing up, Athanasios Chris Karamesines worked at nearly every pizza franchise in the United States. So when it came time to open his own, he knew what ingredients would set him apart from the pack: hand-tossed Neapolitan crust, cheese made from real milk, and Italian sauce with a hint of sweetness. These elements are used to create delectable pies at all of his Greek's Pizzeria locations, including the one that just opened in Westfield.
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.
The same love for pizza and beer that fueled three college students in 1974 transformed their lives as they expanded their business from one rundown building in Atlanta to 100 Mellow Mushroom restaurants across 15 states today. Each eatery owes its individual style to each location's being locally owned and operated, much like impressionist painters owed their individual style to their number of ears. In the kitchens, chefs assemble grilled and deli-style hoagies and bake calzones and pizzas in stone hearths using dough made with natural spring water. Though many of the restaurant's dishes have remained on the menu since its inception, the culinary crew frequently devises new, often gluten-free, dishes to keep senior-ranking pepperonis from becoming too powerful. Servers pair dishes with their location's own set of local brews, which are poured from 16 craft-beer taps.
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.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day (prices listed below are average; actual prices vary by location). After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the cowboy ($14.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives. Or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($16.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an herb chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach. And veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian option ($15.99 for the family size), which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with an order of cheesy bread ($3.99) or a two-liter soda ($2.09).
Cuisine Type: Casual Italian and pizza
Most popular offering: Grinders
Reservations: Not offered
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Phone ahead at lunch to avoid the wait.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We serve old world, casual Italian comfort food such as pizza, calzones, and pastas—everything for a typical family. We cook everything made to order, so choices are endless and kid friendly. We also offer unlimited refills at the Coke freestyle machine. Our dough and bread is made fresh from scratch in the store everyday.
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"This is the best calzone I have ever eaten—and I've had a lot of calzones."
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are casual and really like to know our customers. As a result, we have a lot of regulars. Soon, we'll also have beer, wine, and outdoor seating.