2012 May: Did You Know?/Places That Rock

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/// Places That Rock // Vero Amore / Supino Pizzeria / Yia Yia’s

Vero Amore
3306 N. Swan Road #105
Tucson, Arizona 85712
www.veroamorepizza.com

Vero Amore takes the art of pizza making so seriously that the pizzeria received VPN certification. It’s the only VPN-certified Neapolitan pizza in Tucson, Arizona. In fact, its two locations have become neighborhood spots, as well as great date night options. The Neapolitan staples are prominent on its menu like the Marinara ($9.50) and the Margherita ($10.50). Vero Amore also features the Quattro Formaggi with gorgonzola, Parmesan, regular and smoked mozzarella, olive oil and garlic ($11.50) and the Pizza Ruspante with tomato sauce, chicken sausage, mixed bell peppers and mozzarella ($12). During its lunch service the pizzeria expands its offerings to include paninis. Our favorite is the Salami with spring mix tomato, onion, smoked mozzarella and basil pesto ($8.50).

Supino Pizzeria
2457 Russell Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207
313-567-7879
www.supinopizzeria.com

Supino gets high marks for packing so much into a tiny Eastern Market neighborhood spot in Detroit, Michigan. The pizzeria attracts crowds at times that line the sidewalk for it thin-crust New York style variations. It’s cozy and inviting with dark wood paneling that meets deep red walls, high bar seating and metal fixtures. The pizza menu is split between red and white. Red standouts include the Mismark (aka “one egg”) with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto and egg and the City Wing Thing with City Wing’s smoked turkey, smoked Gouda, cherry peppers, mozzarella and roasted garlic. The white spotlights El Greco with spinach, feta, onions, mozzarella and kalamata olives and The Affumicata (aka “Smoky”) with speck, roasted garlic, chopped parsley, mozzarella, smoked Gouda and ricotta. A 12-inch runs $10-$11 and an 18-inch runs $16-$17.

Yia Yia’s
1423 O Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506
402-477-9166
www.yiayiaspizza.com

Yia Yia’s gives its customers international flavors with its “Around the World” pizzas — 16 different pizzas representing the culinary appeal spanning the globe. The pizzeria has some interesting pizza topping combinations. The Francais features olive oil with walnuts, blue chees and mozzarella ($18.99 for a 16-inch). The Polynesian brings together marinara and BBQ sauce with cranberries, jalapenos, black olives, pineapple, bacon, pepperoni, cream cheese and provolone ($19.99 for a 16-inch). There is also The Plains with red pesto, broccoli, almonds, corn, tomatoes, red onions, turkey and cheddar ($19.99 for a 16-inch). Yia Yia’s also highlights its baked potatoes like The German with white sauce, sauerkraut, hamburger, black pepper, garlic, onion, and Parmesan with a side of honey Dijon mustard ($5.49).