Desano Pizza Bakery | Nashville, TN

Desano Pizza in Nashville, TN_Desano Pizza

A lot of places claim to offer artisan pizza Napoletana, but I doubt many of them stay as true to the tradition as Desano Pizza Bakery.  From fresh buffalo mozzarella brought in weekly from Naples, to three ovens hand made in Naples and modeled after the ones in the world’s first pizzeria there, they clearly strive to [...]

O’Scugnizzo Pizzeria | Utica, NY

Desano Pizza in Nashville, TN_Desano Pizza

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, O’Scugnizzo Pizzeria is truly a staple of Utica, New York, and it is not just those in Utica who can enjoy their upside down pizzas - they now offer shipping throughout the continental U.S. to satisfy taste buds nationwide.  Eugeno Burlino (depicted in the painting on the wall in left-hand side of the [...]

M Wood Fired Oven | Cincinnati, OH

M Wood Fired Oven_Pepperoni Pizza

M Wood Fired Oven is in a small strip of restaurants and shops in the Hyde Park/Mount Lookout area of Cincinnati, and, thankfully, there is more detail and creativity in their pizzas than in their simplistic name.  I was not previously familiar with M, and it was not very fun trying to find a parking spot in the [...]

Shoefly Public House | Indianapolis, IN

Shoefly Public House_Cuban Pretzel Flatbread

My Cuban Pretzel Flatbread at Shoefly Public House really pushed the boundaries of what can evenly remotely be considered pizza, but I found the restaurant and this dish worthy of a post nonetheless.  Shoefly is located at 22nd and Talbott Street in Indianapolis and was created to offer this area a place for a quick [...]

The Cheesecake Factory | Indianapolis, IN

The Cheesecake Factory_Pepperoni Pizza

The Cheesecake Factory in the Keystone Fashion Mall on Indy’s north side must be doing something right because they are always busy, and I give them credit for having quick service despite the crowds.   Part of their draw may be that they have something for everyone with one of the biggest menus I have ever seen.  [...]

Mama Romano’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria | Orlando, FL

Mama Romano's_Garlic Rolls Stuffed with Cheese

Mama Romano’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria has much better food than you might assume by its location in a strip mall in southern Orlando, not far from the airport.  They also have a large menu that includes beer and wine and even expands beyond traditional Italian food and into chicken wings.  They have a lot of appetizers, and I [...]

Bennidito’s Pizza | Spokane, WA

Bennidito's Pizza_Maui Wowie Pizza

Bennidito’s Pizza in Spokane has a cool vibe, and I would describe it as a cross between a trendy pizza place and a sports bar.  It has a fun atmosphere inside, and I think it would be even better to dine there during good weather because they even have a nice patio outside.  One thing that definitely helped [...]

Palomino Restaurant & Bar | Indianapolis, IN

Palomino Restaurant & Bar_Sopressata Pizza

Palomino Restaurant & Bar is a pretty classy place, yet it manages to not be stuffy.  They have locations in a few states, and I dined at their restaurant in downtown Indianapolis, right by Circle Center Mall.  I started with their Tomato-Basil Bruschetta and enjoyed it.  The Roma tomatoes and basil were good, and the herb oil [...]

Tina’s Pizza and Pasta | Flemington, NJ

Tina's Pizza and Pasta_The Original Grandma Nonna's Pizza

Tina’s Pizza and Pasta was just what I hoped it would be; a quaint New York-style pizza restaurant with a friendly owner and delicious pizza.  Tina’s has only been open for about a year, but the owner - a Bronx native - seems to really know his pizza.  He recommended that I try the Original Grandma Nonna’s [...]

Sparta’s Pizza and Spaghetti House | Lynnwood, WA

Sparta's Pizza and Spaghetti House_Italian Salami, Pepperoni, and Canadian Bacon Pizza (#19)

Sparta’s Pizza and Spaghetti House has locations in Lynnwood and Bothel, Washington, and the one in Lynnwood boldly claims to offer the “Best Pizza in the Universe.”  I am not sure we even have enough scientific evidence to test such a proclamation, but I did enjoy their pizza.  Sparta’s pizza looked different than any I can [...]