Posts Tagged 'pizza'

Custom design pizza by the slice

20121017-104629.jpgOnce again I have my mind and stomach set on a certain type of meal and then end up with something completely different.  Knowing that I was going to be back in Chapel Hill I did some brief research for restaurants serving hamburgers. My intent was to stay in the Franklin Street area and make my final restaurant decision once I arrived. I was fortunate again to find a decent parking space on Franklin Street and began my journey across to locate one of the burger joints I had researched prior. As I was walking down the street checking out local restaurants Artisan Pizza Kitchen caught my eye. A craving for hamburger suddenly change the pizza so I entered the restaurant to take a look at the menu. Among the many pizza options,calzones, sandwiches and burgers.  I noticed that you could build your on slice. Knowing that I really didn’t want to order a whole pizza I chose a couple custom slices with some of my favorite ingredients. I was impressed with how fast my slices are out to the table. These are not your average size pizza slices. They are very large and by the time I finish eating both of them I barely had room for dessert. Maybe I will find a good burger during my next visit to Chapel Hill. I would recommend Artisan Pizza Kitchen for a delicious quick meal when you are in the Chapel Hill area.



James and Jenkiss met in 1998 when James was running a Manhattan pizza parlor. They quickly became friends and dreamt of one day owning their own business. James and Jenkiss would often concoct their own pizza from the Margherita to the Fresca. One day they began experimenting with alternative pizza sauces: thus the artichoke pizza concept was born.

Jenkiss learned his way around running a business while working with Trains Cafe in Carrboro and Cafe Bazaar at Spice Street. James continued to develop a pizza and sandwich menu for their future business while still living in Manhattan.

In 2008, Jenkiss convinced James that a quaint shop on Franklin Street would be the perfect place to open a pizza parlor. So, James packed everything and moved to Chapel Hill. Thanks to more than 10 years of friendship and a meticulous business plan, James and Jenkiss opened their doors of Artisan Pizza Kitchen in May 2009.

Today, Artisan Pizza Kitchen welcomes thousands of locals and visitors alike to enjoy everything from the signature artichoke basil pizza to our delicious sandwiches made with homemade focaccia bread, salads and fresh grilled burgers.

Dine in, take out or order delivery today! We hope to see you soon at Artisan Pizza Kitchen!

Artisan Pizza Kitchen
153 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 929-9119


Hot wings at Ci-Ci’s Pizza

Tonight offered a late visit to Ci-Ci’s pizza, but I wasn’t very hungry.  I debated whether or not to order a dessert or just a drink.  The hot wings on the menu caught my eye, so I decided to order a few for tasting.   Somewhere between placing my order and sitting down the ticket never made it to the kitchen and I had to get up to ask about my wings.  Fortunately for me the person working the kitchen made a larger batch to give to me since I had an extra wait.  After tasting the first wing I was very thankful for the missing order ticket.  I didn’t think that I was hungry when first arriving, but once I started eating the wings I couldn’t stop.   The intensity of the hotness seemed to increase as I continued eating one after another.  The large batch of wings and a few glasses of tea certainly topped me off for the ride home.  When I make another trip I will have a tough decision between the wings and pizza.  I am now a fan of both.

Godfather’s Returns!

During the early 1980′s my hometown had a delicious pizza joint called Godfather’s.   It was the place to be after high school football games.  I remember playing the table top Pac Man video game while waiting for our pizza to be prepared.   I do not remember when Godfather’s closed and there were enough pizza restaurants in town to satisfy.  However, as time passed we began to miss Godfather’s.  The thick crust, greasy pizza with more cheese than most places allow was nothing but a memory.  On occasion I was able to get a Godfather’s pizza out of town at a ball game or at the beach.  These places were not quiet the same.  Their style was more fast food, pre built pizzas that were basically heated up or nuked to get us moving out of the door with minimal waiting.  This convenience is something I am willing to sacrifice to have a slow baked pie with two times the ingredients.

Godfathers pizza

Recently a new Godfather’s franchise was offered in Rockingham.  The word spread quickly and opening week was crazy.  Talk of long waits and a pricier menu floated around.  These were really not complaints.  The quality of pizza is worth the wait and price.  The pile of toppings is just the way I remembered and a smaller amount of grease that the original was present.   Godfather’s has returned and instantly has become a popular place to meet for great pizza. FYI- The sweet tea is SWEET tea.  just the way I like it.


From the Godfather’s website: Who would have ever imagined that a little pizza shop that opened in Omaha, Neb. more than 30 years ago would become the legendary pizza chain that it is today. The secret to our success is a rare combination of a commitment to excellence, an obsession with great-tasting pizza, dedicated people, and a desire to have a little fun.

Our mission: To profitably provide consistently good food and great service. Abiding by this simple mission statement for more than three decades has earned us a reputation that we intend to keep for several more. This commitment to excellence has helped Godfather’s Pizza grow and expand to more than 600 restaurants in more than 40 states.

Our product: Not just an ordinary pizza

A Godfather’s Pizza isn’t like any other pizza you’ve ever had before. We make pizza the way it was meant to be – with an incredible crust, delicious veggies, hearty meats, and a ton of 100% real cheese.

The best part is, at Godfather’s Pizza you’re the boss. First, you choose from our thick, rich, original crust, our buttery, pan-style golden crust, or our light and crispy thin crust. Then you tell us what veggies and meats to pile on, and we’ll take it from there and smother the whole thing with 100% real cheese for a pizza that’s absolutely irresistible.


I got burned in a good way at Mellow Mushroom.

Upon a recent visit to Columbia S.C. I found a wonderful area located downtown that was full of restaurants.  I drove around several blocks checking out the signs and trying to figure out where I wanted to eat.  Unfortunately I had time for just one meal and wanted to make a good choice for dinner.  I saw many places that I wanted to try, but due to limited parking on this evening I didn’t stop as soon as I had wanted to.  When I finally decided that I would pay $5.00 at a Vista parking lot, my selection was easy.  The nearest place was the Mellow Mushroom located on Gervais Street.  I grabbed a camera bag from the trunk and rushed through the parking lot to the front door.  I had a late breakfast and skipped lunch knowing that I would probably have a good dinner.  Being later than planned, I was starving and needed food in a hurry.

Within five minutes of entering I was sitting at a table sipping on some good sweet tea.   I had glanced at a menu online prior to venturing out and had an idea of what I wanted to eat. Since I am a fan of hot and spicy food I ordered a Jalapeno Kicker pizza with ground beef added to the toppings.   The ingredients consist of minced Garlic into their Tomato base, top it with Sausage, White Onion, Feta, Mozzarella and lots of JALAPENOS!!   WOW!!! It lived up to it’s name.  It kicked me for three entire pieces before I had to stop.  I do not usually eat pizza crust (the bones) but I did during this meal.  Garlic was everywhere and everything was very fresh.

I probably drank a gallon of tea in an attempt to cool my mouth down.  “Hotlicious!” was how I described this when my waitress asked my if I was enjoying my meal.  She smiled and poured more tea.  A couple of hours later my lips were still tingling from the peppers.  I have already decided what my choice will be during my next trip to the Mellow Mushroom.  The Hawaiian pizza is what I want to sample when I get a chance.

The Jalapeno Kicker Pizza kicked me and I liked it!

The Jalapeno Kicker Pizza kicked me and I liked it!

The Mellow story:

Mellow Mushroom opened in 1974 when three college students founded a business that reflected their eccentric philosophies. They saw pizza baking as an art form, and wanted to bring joy to others by exercising their art. The first store was created out of an old liquor store on Spring Street near Georgia Tech. To accommodate the long lines and gaining popularity, more Mellow Mushrooms sprung up around Atlanta. By the late 80′s, we began opening our first franchises. The idea wasn’t to get big, but nothing succeeds like a great idea as our reputation for the very best pizza grew, so did we, and it continues to this day.


The Mellow Mushroom family has grown over the last 35 years to encompass 100 stores in 16 states. In 2008-09, over 25 new stores have opened in ten states. We have projects under development in Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, and North Carolina. By year end, there will be over 105 Mellows open.

Mellow Mushroom

1009 Gervais Street

Columbia, SC 29201

You can view the menu here. (.pdf file)

816 Pint and Slice – Fort Wayne Indiana

pint and slice

pint and slice

During a recent visit to Fort Wayne Indiana some locals recommended Pint and Slice for lunch.  Within walking distance of the downtown Grand Wayne Convention Center, Pint and Slice stands out among the gray buildings surrounding it.

The restaurant appears to be small when you first walk in, but there are plenty of seating areas upstairs and outside.  The menu is a typical in and out fast food listing of pizzas, subs and calzones.  In addition to the food menu is a decent list of beer available.   I ordered a custom calzone and it was above what I expected. (see below)   You can tell by the looks of the item that it was well prepared and it tastes even better!  I wish that they delivered to North Carolina.

pint and slice

pint and slice calzone

Pint & Slice is one of the few restaurants opened on Sunday and they also have occasional music and art events.

816 Pint & Slice

(260) 423-6600

816 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Mon:11:00 am – 8:16 pm
Tues – Thurs:11:00 am – 10:16 pm
Fri – Sat:11:00 am – 11:16 pm
Sun:11:00 am – 8:16 pm