As much as we’re all trying to stick with those New Year’s resolutions of eating better, there’s only so long into January that a guy or gal can go without a slice of pizza. Instead of throwing your health goals entirely out the window and devouring an entire large deep-dish by yourself, perhaps allow yourself to indulge ever so slightly. How, you might ask? With a light, thin crust or wood fired pizza.
We all know about some of Detroit’s renowned pizza joints, like Buddy’s and Shield’s, but we’re unfortunately steering clear of thick crust this time around. When the craving for red sauce, mozzarella and mushrooms hits, head to one of the following restaurants in Metro Detroit:
Genova Pizzeria, 42911 Ford Rd., Canton, promises “fresh, fast, no compromises,” and they certainly deliver. They also actually deliver, offer carry out and provide dine in. The wood fired pizzas here are made with natural caputo flour, which is guaranteed to fill you up without making you feel heavy. Perfect for the beginning of the year, eh?
You can build your own pie or choose one from the menu, including specialty pies like Vegetariano (fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, olives and mozzarella cheese), The California (baked eggplant, roasted red pepper and mozzarella cheese) or 800 Degrees (artichoke, grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese and basil). White pies and gluten free crust are also available.
Supino Pizzeria, 2457 Russell St., Detroit, is located in Eastern Market and is known for its thin crust pies. Red pizzas with sauce include tasty options like the Supino (roasted garlic, chili oil, black olives, ricotta and mozzarella) and Quattro Formaggio (fresh mozzarella with smoked Gouda, goat cheese, feta and chopped parsley).
White pies without sauce include the Primavera (artichoke, eggplant, onion, spinach, mozzarella and tomatoes) and El Greco (spinach, onions, feta, mozzarella and Kalamata olives). If you choose to build your own pie, you can top it with anything from City Wing’s smoked turkey to roasted red peppers to capers.
Two Guys Pizza Pies, 33223 W. 7 Mile Rd., Livonia, is my personal go-to pizza joint when I’m hungry and have no energy to make dinner. Build your own thin crust, but keep in mind that there are over a dozen specialty pies on the menu.
Your choices include Mediterranean Greek Pizza (mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, Italian sausage, tomato and green peppers, topped with sesame seeds), Spinach Feta Pizza (mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, fresh spinach and Parmesan Romano cheese blend without sauce) and Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pizza (spicy sweet Caribbean sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken breast, green peppers, onions and bacon).
Bigalora, with locations in Royal Oak, Ann Arbor and Southfield, serves up some seriously fine wood fired pizza, thanks to chef Luciano DelSignore. The Neapolitan style pies are cooked in a 900-degree oven for only a minute and a half before they’re brought to your table.
Red and white pies are both on the menu, including Wood Fired Vegetables (roasted onion, zucchini, tomato and house blend mozzarella), Gulf Shrimp (arugula pesto, Asiago, ricotta, roasted tomatoes and mozzarella) and Pesto Genovese (grape tomatoes, pine nuts and mozzarella).
On Friday, enjoy a complimentary soup or garden salad and a soft drink with your pizza purchase at the Royal Oak location between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The same deal is offered Monday through Friday in Ann Arbor.
Pizza e Vino Cellar 849, 849 Penniman Ave., Plymouth, is the state of Michigan’s first Neapolitan pizza restaurant certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana of Naples, Italy, in case you need credentials. Each pie is baked in a wood-burning oven set to 900 degrees and is done to perfection in less than two minutes.
Try the Margherita (mozzarella and fresh basil), Americano (mozzarella, premium pepperoni and oregano), Pompeii (fresh mozzarella, pesto, wild mushrooms, imported Italian ham and fresh basil without red sauce) or Di Matteo (goat cheese, wild mushrooms, thyme and white truffle oil without red sauce).
You can still treat yourself without going overboard; as the above thin crust and wood fired pizza places attest. Enjoy your pizza indulgence in the D!