Max & Leo’s Artisan Pizza | Newton, MA

Coal Oven

Just west of Boston, sits the tiny Max & Leo’s Artisan Pizza.  By being pretty popular and only having some bar seating and a table or two, Max & Leo’s is definitely not for the claustrophobic.  However, their pizza is worth it if you are lucky enough to get a seat, and they offer carry-out as well.  Plus, they can […]

Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza Restaurant | Tampa, FL


Cristino’s has Florida locations in Clearwater and Tampa, and I ate at their restaurant in the Ybor City District of Tampa.  It featured nice indoor and outdoor dining areas as well as a menu with much more than just coal oven pizza, such as appetizers, salads, pasta, paninis, fish, and gelato.  I began my meal with their Mozzarella In Carozza appetizer, which were basically giant […]

Piedmont Ale House | Burlington, NC

Meat Monster Pizza

The Piedmont Ale House earned my patronage for three reasons: They serve pizza (obviously). They have 38 beers on tap. They have televisions. Unfortunately, the pizza and televisions ended up being somewhat disappointing, leaving the 38 beers on tap to be the most exciting part.  In all fairness, the televisions were only upsetting because I watched […]

Geno’s Italian Deli | Bowling Green, KY

Pepperoni Pizza

Geno’s Italian Deli in Bowling Green, Kentucky has no shortage of options.  In addition to pizza, they serve breakfast, salads, gyros, wraps, dogs, pasta, sandwiches, entrées, and even fruit smoothies.  If I am ever able to visit again, I would like to try one of their sandwiches.  They have a good meat selection that they […]

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza | Fishers, IN

Bronx Bomber

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza appears to be built around two fundamentals that should have them destined for great success: good pizza and a nice craft beer selection.  Not that it’s necessary, but they actually have some food beyond pizza as well.  To sample something else before the pizza, I did try their bruschetta.  It was pretty good, but it […]

Broad Ripple Brewpub | Indianapolis, IN

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Broad Ripple Brewpub is known as Indiana’s first brewpub.  The Brewpub looks like a typical English pub on the inside with dark wood paneling, a tin ceiling, and even a fireplace.  Plus, it has a large patio that can seat up to seventy people during nice weather.  Broad Ripple Brewpub has […]

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. | Austin, TX

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company_Outside

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company is more than just a brewery that happens to serve pizza; it is a brewery that is well known for its pizza.  The ABGB, as it is called, has plenty of seating inside their converted warehouse with long communal tables, and there is also obviously the beer garden for outside seating.    Besides typically offering […]

da Vinci’s Table | Burlington, NC

Leonardo's Sicilian Special

Da Vinci’s Table has been serving Italian food and some American specialties – such as burgers – in Burlington, North Carolina since 2010.  It features a nice outdoor dining area as well as an inside dining room that has the classic feel of an older Italian restaurant. Most nice Italian restaurants will provide their patrons with […]

Babymoon Cafe | Morrisville, NC

Storefront and Outside Dining Area

While most of the restaurant options around Raleigh/Durham Airport are chains, Babymoon Café is a nice alternative option near the airport hotels.  They offer both inside and outside seating with quaint and relaxing feels.  In the evenings, you can actually dine under the starlight with either option, it’s just that one is artificial starlight.  I enjoyed the outdoor dining area […]

DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks | The Woodlands, TX

DoubleDave's Peproni Rolls

Many pizzerias with roots in a college town are famous for some greasy side item that keeps the students fueled whether studying or bar hopping.  DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks started in College Station (home of Texas A&M), and I believe their Peproni Rolls are that very item for many Aggies.  In fact, they somewhat remind me of Kilroy’s stuffed breadsticks from my college days at […]