Ninety percent of alleged UFO sightings can be easily explained as falling meteors, swamp-gas reflections, or doughy orbs hurled into orbit by Herculean pizza makers. Enjoy earthbound eats with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare at Ray’s Pizza, in Clayton.
The dough-spinning doyens at Ray’s Pizza, crafting saucy spheres and sizzling subs for three generations, serve up a full menu of pizzas, wings, and sandwiches. Start with an order of bread sticks ($3.99) before mouth diving into one of the specialty pies, such as the philly cheesesteak ($5.99 for a small, $14.99 for an x-large) or four-cheese pizza ($5.99 for a small, $14.99 for an x-large), which spotlights a bubbly quartet of mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, and provolone. Guests can build their own crust-bound creations (starting at $3.99) drawing from a smorgasbord of toppings, which include hot italian sausage, banana peppers, and ground beef, for a spherical construction more delicious than a chocolate-covered pantheon. Diverge from doughier fare with Ray’s famous chicken wings, battered in a spectrum of sauces that range from mild to teriyaki ($7.99 for 10 pieces), or one of the hot and cold subs ($3.99–$8.49), enswathing ingredients such as meatball, eggplant parmesan, and the star-crossed romance of barbecue chicken and bacon. A traditional zeppole, a deep-fried italian treat topped with cinnamon and sugar ($2.99 for 10) sacchariferously concludes nosh fests.
At Ray's Pizza, specialty pies rub culinary elbows with Italian mainstays including hot and cold subs and stromboli. Deluxe pies combine the tastes of pepperoni, italian sausage, ham, mushrooms, onion, green peppers, and black olives; other specialties include a greek pizza, a Mediterranean treat with olive oil, spinach, black olives, and feta and mozzarella cheese. Build-your-own pies let customers tops crusts with one of seven different sauces before loading them with toppings such as pepperoni, olives, pineapple, and chicken and wearing them right out of the store. Subs run the sandwich gamut from philly cheesesteak to chicken parm, and desserts include Snickers cake, fluffy tiramisu, and italian zeppole—fried dough dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
529 NC Hwy. 42 W
Clayton, North Carolina 27520