Who's doesn't like pizza? Well, OK, so there are a few strange people who don't care for pizza, but most of us enjoy the cheesy goodness of a hot pizza pie piled high with our favorite toppings.
Traveling the country, pulling our Heartland Landmark Key Largo fifth wheel, has given us the opportunity to sample lots of different pizzeria's and buffets. We're not experts, but we know what we like!
Today is National Pizza Day, and with that in mind here are a few of our favorite pizza places. Feel free to share your favorite pizza joints in the comments.
Pizza Haven – Rhinelander, WI
I guess, technically, the name changed, several years ago, to 'The Haven'. However, I've been going there since I was a kid and it will forever be 'The Pizza Haven' to me. Besides pizza and its accompaniments, they offer a full menu of sandwiches, chicken and seafood. A great place for groups, they have several large meeting rooms and a game room for the kids.
CiCi's – San Antonio, TX
Another buffet offering soup, salad and pizza with locations in 35 states. Quick, easy and quite affordable at roughly $5.50 per person. Don't see the kind of pizza you're looking for? Just ask and they will make it for you. My guilty pleasure? The macaroni & cheese pizza…oh SO creamy and cheesy! Yum!
Pizza Shack – Glenwood, AR
The Pizza Shack has been around forever it seems. Michael even worked there as a teen, spending nearly everything he earned in the game room! They offer a reasonable and very tasty buffet with salad, pasta and pizza on top of their normal menu.
Pizza Pie Café – North Ogden, UT
Our granddaughter Paityn and grandson Cameron's favorite – and we like it too! An all you can eat pizza, salad, pasta and dessert buffet…with lots of variety. There are always several different pies available. The salad bar has lots of offerings and there are usually 4 or so different pastas and sauces that you can mix and match. Don't forget the dessert pizzas…Paityn and Cameron LOVE the Oreo dessert pizza!
?Carrabbas – Montogmery, AL (plus several other locations)
We always sat at the pizza bar and chatted with the pizza chef while he whipped up pizza after tasty pizza. He had us try several different appetizers and desserts (on the house)...all very yummy. The pizza oven was right in front of us and it was a great experience just watching the various pizzas go in and come out. Some of the best pizza we've had.
Pizza Ranch – Verona, WI
Our three-year-old grandson, Ben's, favorite. Pizza Ranch has locations in 13 Midwest states and offers a tasty buffet of pizza, salad, pasta, chicken, potatoes, veggies, soup and desserts. So even a non-pizza lover can enjoy this place.
Dom & Phil DeMarinis – Bay View, WI
Admittedly we haven't been to DeMarinis in many years, but we still talk about and long for their delicious pizza. My brother in law and sister took us there and told us the story of the family DeMarinis.
It seems there was a falling out between Mama DeMarinis and 2 of her sons. The boys opened their own restaurant (Dom & Phil DeMarinis) just a block away from Mama's original place (DeMarinis). Both places thrived for years but Mama's original place closed in 2012. Not wanting Mama's original recipe to be lost, her granddaughter recently opened Little DeMarinis, about a mile from the original restaurant. You've gotta try this place out…if for the history alone…but you won't be disappointed with the pizza either!
Pizza Man – Utah
Our son, Zack's, top choice. Pizza Man is a Utah Chain that only does take out pizzas. Per Zack, "I love Pizza Man because of their bread sticks and honey butter dipping sauce."
Grimaldi's – Garden City, NY)
Grimaldi's is New York's coal-fired brick oven pizza at its finest. There are several New York locations plus there a 2 other independently operated Grimaldi's chains around the country. Someday I plan to go back and check out the location under the Brooklyn Bridge, right next door to the original location...although the line to get in is usually quite long!
Mabely's Bakery – Dilley, TX
It's not easy to find a good pizza place in the middle of the south Texas oilfield…but we found one! Mabely's was originally just a Mexican bakery and then they branched out and started making pizza too. Toppings are plentiful, sauce is tasty and cheese is ooey gooey…these are the things a good pizza are made of! Plus, there's a little bit of a kick to the pizza which makes it even better!