Connie’s Pizza | Chicago, IL

Sausage Pizza

Upon arriving for a stay at the Thompson Chicago on the corner of Bellevue and Rush, I was happy to hear the concierge tell us that we had three solid nearby pizza options in Lou Malnati’s, Pizano’s, and Connie’s.  I already knew that I would greatly enjoy Lou Malnati’s and Pizano’s based on previous experiences.  However, we were already […]

Pizzeria Napoletana (within Caffe Vita) | Seattle, WA

Pizza Oven

Pizzeria Napoletana is located within Caffe Vita in the Pioneer Square area of downtown Seattle.  One might not expect a pizza place in the corner of a café to be very good, but Pizzeria Napoletana disproves that.  While they only serve wood-fired pizzas from 11 am to 5 pm, it is definitely worth trying one if you can make […]

Pizza Port | Carlsbad, CA

Meet Extreme Meat

Pizza Port is a really cool pizzeria and brewery with multiple locations in the San Diego area.  It actually started as a pizza place and craft-brewed beers were added a little later, after one of the owners had success when dabbling in home brewing.  Don’t let that fool you into thinking their beers are just […]

Tomato Bar | Valparaiso, IN

Tomato Bar_Sausage, Green Olive, and Garlic Pizza

Tomato Bar in Valparaiso, Indiana serves appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and calzones, but their specialty is definitely pizza.  I will give them credit for having a pretty cool offering as far as salads go – a build your own option that has a huge amount of toppings to choose from.  Still, even that couldn’t get me to […]

Otto Pizza | Portland, ME

Otto Pizza_Pepperoni Pizza

Otto Pizza sticks to what they do best…pizza.  So, don’t go there hoping to get anything else except for a possible starter salad or dessert for after your pizza.  They do have beer and wine to accompany your pizza though.  Otto Pizza has a few locations in Portland, Maine, as well some in Massachusetts, and I liked the […]

V’s Pizza & Pasta | CLOSED

V's Pizza & Pasta_Grandma Pizza

I had been hearing good things about V’s Pizza & Pasta since they opened in Noblesville in January of 2014, so I was excited to check them out for myself.  They were very friendly and informative when I called in my order, but my enthusiasm dwindled slightly when I pulled into their parking lot and saw […]

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 […]

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto | San Diego, CA

Filippi's Pizza Grotto in San Diego, CA_Capicola and Salami Pizza

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto has been serving San Diego for over fifty years, and they now have fourteen restaurants in the area.  I dined at the one in the Scripps Ranch region of San Diego, which is northeast of downtown.  I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I walked in because the inside of this Filippi’s had […]

Jimmy Stix | Carmel, IN

Jimmy Stix_Pepperoni and Sausage Sicilian Deep Dish Pizza

Jimmy Stix is a new family-owned pizzeria in Carmel, Indiana.  The owner previously owned Wise Guy’s Pizzeria but has since sold it in order to open up Jimmy Stix.  They have a friendly staff and a broad menu that features salads, wings, subs, calzones, pasta, and pizza.   They also serve their namesake “Jimmy Stix” as a starter, and […]