Choice is key at Jafang Pizza. Customers can choose everything from size (ranging from by-the-slice to 28-inch party pizzas), crust (white or whole-wheat dough made daily in-house, thin or thick crust), sauce (including marinara, buffalo, cheeseburger, and specially seasoned olive oil), toppings (all the standards, plus grilled chicken, sliced turkey breast, and cucumber), and cheese (such as mozzarella, feta, and a vegan variety). No matter how the pizza is topped, Jafang Pizza strives to keep each pie lighter and healthier than the average slice. These custom pizzas can be eaten at Jafang, delivered, or premade and cooked later at home. In addition to pizzas, the restaurant also serves up sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, and pours a variety of alcoholic beverages, including more than a dozen draft and bottled beers and a selection of signature cocktails.
At Ray's Pizza Riverside, chefs stretch crusts from an 8-inch personal pizza to a family-sized 20-incher. Once guests choose their size, they can create their own topping combination or leave it to the chefs with specialty pies that include a barbecue chicken pizza and the pizza de bianco, which eschews pizza sauce and instead uses olive oil and garlic as the base for mozzarella and ricotta cheeses. Chefs also wrap dough around ingredients to create calzones, and stuff toppings right into customers’ pockets who are in a hurry. Salads, garlic bread, and wings complete meals, which can be taken home to eat or enjoyed inside the pizzeria while watching sports games and using the complimentary WiFi.
Though much in the world has changed since Papa Joe's Pizza opened in 1989, they've been crafting their pizzas from the exact same recipe all this time. As bowling balls send pins clattering inside Universal Strike Bowling Center, where the pizzeria calls home, players settle in to share pizzas such as the hulking 28-inch pie big enough to slice into 54 pieces or to use as a shawl.
Bonello's New York Pizza isn?t located on the east coast, but that doesn?t mean the chefs can't whip up a mean New York-style pie. The secret to Bonello's pizzas is not just in the sauce?much less sweet than variations served on the west coast or in Candyland?, but also in the kitchen's secret herb blend, which is sprinkled onto each hand-tossed and stretched crust before it is slid inside an authentic stone oven. When it emerges minutes later, the pizza is thin, crispy, and light, qualities that earned the eatery a place on CBS Locals list of the top 10 pizzerias in the area. And even though pizzas are the main focus at Bonello's, the chefs also craft creamy pasta dishes and 18 hot and cold submarine sandwiches.
Bonafede-family matriarch Anita started JoJo's Pizza Kitchen more than four decades ago, and her discerning taste for ingredients is still identifiable in the menu. Though her son Joe, who napped on flour sacks in the back of the restaurant as a child, now runs the eatery, fresh basil and plum tomatoes grown in Stanislaus County still release aromas that hint at sun-soaked furrows. Through a dining room window, guests catch glimpses of chefs tossing freshly risen dough for pizzas or smaller chefs for their adorable giggles. They grate fresh parmesan cheese as wine cooks slowly down with mushrooms on the stovetop and chicken marinates in lemon and garlic. Servers bustle past, filling glasses with house wines or draft beers.
Satisfying meals and handcrafted beer intersect with premium sports viewing at Lamppost Pizza and Backstreet Brewery, founded in 1976 by Angelo Barro and his sons, Dan and Tom. Today, the franchise welcomes patrons to 37 locations in three states, and the philosophy remains the same at all of them. Seven big-screen TVs broadcast football, basketball, and baseball games from around the leagues to entertain patrons sipping small-batch draft beers brewed onsite. Fans munch on traditional sports-viewing snacks, such as jalapeño poppers, potato skins, and buffalo wings. Chefs also prepare heartier entrees including garlic-chicken pasta, Pesto Supreme pizzas covered with artichoke hearts, and The Linebacker, a pizza loaded with pepperoni, salami, ground beef, sausage, and two types of bacon.