Fire by the Monon | Indianapolis, IN

Carnivore Flatbread

Fire by the Monon is a nice restaurant just a block west of the Monon Trail in Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple Village.  They are known for smoking and firing fresh, local ingredients.  Plus, they strive to offer a good selection of local craft beer.  Fire by the Monon has ample inside and patio dining, and their staff is extremely friendly.    They have several flatbreads on their […]

Slimms Pizza and Salads | Fishers, IN

Sausage, Green Olive, and Garlic Pizza

Slimms Pizza and Salads is a recent addition to the fast custom pizza craze that seems to be sweeping the nation.  Their promise is to cook, cut, and serve your pizza in four minutes.  While this is similar to Blaze Pizza and Pie Five, what makes Slimms unique is that they are family-owned.  In fact, Slimms […]

Mabe’s Pizza | Decorah, IA

Small Regular

Mabe’s Pizza has been a staple of Decorah, Iowa for over 60 years.  Mabel herself passed away in 2002 at the age of 97, but her pizza recipe and restaurant lives on.  As best I can tell, Mabe’s in downtown Decorah continues to be very popular, and they now also have a second location in Cresco.    Mabe’s vast […]

Mio’s Pizza | Blue Ash, OH

Mio's Stuffed Pizza

Mio’s Pizza is likely your best – and possibly only – option for stuffed Chicago-style pizza around Cincinnati with Chi-natti’s being closed.  Despite the lack of competition, Mio’s stuffed pizza offering is pretty good, and their original crust pizzas aren’t too shabby either.  I tried extra cheese on their original crust, and I enjoyed the generous amount […]

Lagasse’s Stadium | Las Vegas, NV

Spicy Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza

Lagasse’s Stadium is essentially an upscale sports bar on the strip in Las Vegas.  It is a great place to watch a game, or several games, and they even ask you what game you are wanting to watch when taking your reservation to make sure they put you at a table with a good view of it.  […]

Due Forni Pizza & Wine | Austin, TX

Storefront

While it can be hard to stray from the delicious BBQ in Texas, Due Forni offers a nice alternative in the heart of downtown Austin.  And, if you simply cannot step away from the brisket there, then Due Forni also has a location Las Vegas (because there are such limited food options there, right?).  The thing that makes Due […]

Godfather’s Pizza | Iraan, TX

Cheese Pizza

Godfather’s Pizza started in Omaha, Nebraska, and it seems they are most prevalent in the surrounding areas.  Still, they have restaurants across the country – from Alaska to Florida.  Their stores vary from standalone restaurants to express locations, which are typically attached to gas stations.  I visited an express one in Iraan, Texas that was with a gas […]

Santarpio’s Pizza | Boston, MA

Sausage and Pepperoni

Close to the airport, in an East Boston neighborhood, Santarpio’s Pizza definitely has the feel of well established local joint – thick accents and all.  The reason Santarpio’s has been in business since 1903 is that they are widely considered to make some of the best pizza in Boston.  In fact, they are a multiple time winner of Boston […]

Pie Five | Indianapolis, IN

Sausage and Bacon Pizza on Pan Crust

Pie Five strives to serve customized personal pizzas featuring fresh ingredients as quickly as possible.  Even their fountain drink machine fits the customization theme as it is one of the Coke machines that allows you to come up with almost any soda concoction.  Pie Five’s recent entry into downtown Indianapolis is a restaurant that occupies an old bakery building, complete with […]

Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant | Salem, OR

Puttanesca Grilled Pizza

Gamberetti’s has the dishes of a fine Italian restaurant with a fairly laid back atmosphere.  They strive to utilize as many local ingredients as possible and have a nice local wine list as well.  Every meal at Gamberetti’s begins with bread and oil, with even the olive oil being local. We also ordered their parmigiana garlic […]