Blue Pan Pizza | Denver, CO

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Oddly enough, Blue Pan Pizza’s Detroit-style offering represents the second Midwestern regional style that I’ve had around the Mile High City (City Pizza & Pasta’s St. Louis-style pizzas was the first).  Not longing to visit Detroit, I am very happy that my Denver hosts – Gordon and Andrea – did their research and took me […]

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 […]

Pizzeria Toro | Durham, NC

Pizzeria Toro_San Marzano Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Prosciutto

Pizzeria Toro serves fine wood-fired pizza in the heart of downtown Durham, making it a great place to eat before seeing a show at The Carolina Theatre or DPAC, or even before catching a legendary Durham Bulls baseball game. I thought the pizza at Pizzeria Toro was fantastic, and the only problem is that I’m […]

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta | Chicago, IL

Pizano's Pizza & Pasta_Sausage Pizza

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta presents an interesting quandary to its patrons…is it best to order their deep dish or thin crust pizza?  Surely, a restaurant owned by Rudy Malnati Jr, – son of Pizzeria Uno founder, Rudy Malnati Sr. – must make some pretty excellent deep dish pizza.  However, their thin crust pizza has been listed […]

Modern Apizza | New Haven, CT

Modern Apizza_Sausage and Garlic

Contrary to  its name, Modern Apizza has been serving New Haven-style pizza, or “apizza,” since 1934.  I believe only Frank Pepe’s has been serving pies in New Haven, Connecticut longer, and there seems to be great debate over which establishment is the best.  Only having time for one, I settled upon Modern Apizza which is […]

Mystic Pizza | Mystic, CT

Mystic Pizza in Mystic, CT_Outside

Mystic Pizza was started by the Zelepos family and was actually quite popular for fifteen years before screenwriter Amy Jones decided to feature it – and the town of Mystic – in her movie about three young waitresses. Mystic Pizza starring a young Julia Roberts further increased the demand for a “A Slice of Heaven” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room | Pittsburgh, PA

Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room in Pittsburgh, PA_Carnivore Pizza

While wandering through Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River, I pulled up Yelp to find a pizza place nearby, and I was lucky enough to be very close to Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room in the heart of downtown.  This restaurant is less than a year old, but the good users of Yelp who had already eaten there definitely […]

Luigi’s Restaurant Review | Akron, OH

Luigi's Restaurant_Pizza with Pepperoni, Sausage, Extra Cheese, and Extra Sauce

If the old school atmosphere of Luigi’s Restaurant in Akron, Ohio doesn’t win you over, then their pizza definitely will.  I watched the “Chicago Band Box” perform over their entrance like it has for the past fifty years while I started my meal with their garlic bread with mozzarella.  This appetizer was good, but the […]