A Look at Pizzerias Around the U.S.
Righteous Slice | Rexburg, Idaho
This small-town pizzeria has created quite the buzz, performing well at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas. “My wife Cheryl and I started Righteous Slice because we wanted to share our passion for great pizza,” says Bill Crawford. “We don’t do anything the easy way. To us authenticity means being our best selves rather than trying to be someone else. Our passion for making great pizza and our authenticity keep our Righteous fans coming back. We serve wood-fired Neapolitan pizza adapted for local tastes in a fast-casual setting. Long (24 hour) room temp bulk fermentation gives our dough a light, airy texture and subtle sourdough flavor.”
Righteous Slice is set to debut its New York-stye pizza soon. Its artisan pizza menu features 15 pies. “Our Righteous fans go crazy for our Praise the Lard with homemade sweet Italian sausage, Calabrese soppressata, pancetta, tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella,” Crawford says. “They rave about our Bee Sting — Calabrese soppressata, cupping pepperoni, ricotta and chili flakes finished with a drizzle of local honey. Another fan favorite is the Spud Harvest: homemade sweet Italian sausage, potatoes and rosemary on an olive oil base finished with arugula and finely grated Parmesan.”
Local Pizza | Osprey, Florida
Local recently received high marks for its pizza from Sarasota Magazine, who praised its outdoor vibe and the Meat Me at the Corner Pizza. It features fresh and aged mozzarella, pepperoni, sweet fennel sausage, bacon jam and roasted garlic. The pizza menu is divided into red, green and white pies. Green pizzas feature the Sausage & Green Onion with fresh and smoked mozzarella, sausage, roasted green onions, ricotta and finished with truffle sea salt. A white pizza of note is The Siesta with lump crab, Florida sweet corn, bacon, fresh and aged mozzarella, roasted garlic cream and fresh parsley. Local also has a wide menu of salads, sandwiches, starters, entrées and desserts.
U Street Pizza | Pasadena, California
This is a sister restaurant to a popular Italian restaurant, Union. U Street serves up New York-style pies, as well as sharable apps, salads and desserts. Apps include Fried Cauliflower with red pepper romesco, Pecorino Romano and lemon. Cherry Tomato Crostone features fior di latte, turmeric, red wine vinaigrette, and sourdough. The pizza menu highlights the Juan Carlos with black olives, mushrooms, fermented jalapeño, red bell peppers and Muscatel ranch. There is also The Vodka Pepperoni with cream, mozzarella, provolone, pepperoni, vodka sauce, Fresno peppers and mozzarella.