The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958 in Wichita, Kansas.
The average pizzeria reports roughly $557,000 in annual sales.
Tomatoes were introduced to Europe in the 1500s, but it was 150 years
before Europeans ate them — they mistakenly thought tomatoes were
America’s 5 most popular pizza toppings, in order, are: pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, ham and green peppers
/// Places That Rock // Park Street Pizza / Bostone Pizza / Nalivka’s Pizza Kitchen
Park Street Pizza
215 R Dover Rd.
NWSugarcreek, Ohio 44681
This small town pizzeria in northern Ohio scores big when it comes to technology with its smart phone app for not only the iPhone, but also the Android and Blackberry. Park Street uses its Web site and Facebook page to promote a “Pizza of the Month.” November’s pie was the Magical Mystery Mushroom, featuring creamy Alfredo sauce, fresh chopped portabella, cremini and shitake mushrooms, smoked provolone, bacon, tomatoes and fresh basil. Signature pies include the Colossal Italian with spicy sausage, Italian sausage, old world pepperoni, red sauce, fresh garlic and mozzarella at $13.99 for a 12-inch and the Primo Pepperoni with both traditional and old world pepperoni, mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan and oregano at $12.49 for a 12-inch. Park Street takes a sweet approach to ravioli with the Campfire Fun Smores Ravioli, a graham cracker ravioli filled with chocolate and marshmallow for $3.99.
225 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Residing just below street level, this pizzeria offers a modern cozy vibe. Bostone serves traditional thin and Sicilian styles by the slice or whole. It has become a go-to lunch spot for business district neighbors. It also offers a broad catering menu and delivers to area businesses. Fan favorites include the Potato, Chicken and Bacon Ranch (traditional 12-inch at $12.99 or nine-slice Sicilian at $23.99), Tomato & Basil white pizza (traditional 12-inch at $11.99 or nine-slice Sicilian at $21.99) and Bostone Special with pepperoni, sausage, ham onions, peppers and mushrooms (traditional 12-inch at $17.99 or nine-slice Sicilian at $29.99). Bostone has an assortment of subs, including the Bostone Bomb. This one includes steak, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions and mushrooms. The eight-inch sells for $8.99.
Nalivka’s Pizza Kitchen
1032 First St.
A 50-year pizza making tradition in Havre, Montana, Nalivka’s is family owned and operated, with some pretty interesting brick-oven style pizza offerings. There’s the Polish with spicy Polish sausage and sauerkraut ($16.50 for a medium) and the German with country sausage and sauerkraut ($16.50 for a medium). Its gourmet pizza selection includes pies like Pat’s Gourmet with homemade meatballs, green peppers, onions and double Parmesan ($19 for a medium) and VeeAnn’s Gourmet, a white pizza with olive oil, butter, garlic, oregano, basil, black pepper and cheeses. Nalivka’s features a pasta and dessert of the week, like the buttered linguini with sautéed Italian vegetables for $8.95 or caramel bars for $1.50. It also offers par-baked pizzas and freezer entrees, soups and sauces.