Recent media reports indicate that Little Caesar’s Pizza has pulled ahead of Papa John’s and is now America’s third largest pizza company with $2.9 billion in sales.
West Virginia has 607 pizzerias.
On a typical day in 2013, the restaurant industry will rake in $1.8 billion in sales, according to the National Restaurant Association.
PLACES THAT ROCK
//Ciao Baby! / Stella Barra Pizzeria / Franny’s
890 W. Poplar Avenue, Ste. 1
Collierville, Tennessee 38017 (
This new fast casual Neapolitan pizzeria offers build-your-own pizzas with nearly 40 toppings from which to choose. Its menu also features classic authentic Neapolitan pizzas — Pizza Margherita, Pizza Bianca and Pizza Marinara –– and signature pies, like the Ricotta with sausage, mozzarella, red onions and San Marzano tomatoes ($11.50) and the Poppa with fresh mozzarella, white anchovies and San Marzano tomatoes ($9). The pizzeria offers a burrata bar with heirloom tomatoes and pesto ($6.50), eggplant caponata ($6.50) or prosciutto with roasted peppers ($8.50). Ciao Baby! offers specialty coffees — likes lattes ($2.75) and espresso ($2.75) — and hand rolled cannoli ($4.50).
Stella Barra Pizzeria
6372 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90028
Stella Barra’s newest location in Hollywood and its sister unit in Santa Monica are the creation of Chef Jeff Mahin, a finalist in ABC’s “The Taste.” Its menu features artisan and Roman-style extra thin crust pizzas. Highlighted pies include the Shaved Mushroom with Gruyere, melted onions, black truffle, torn parsley, rosemary and thyme ($14.95), Spring Onion & Smoked Bacon with aged provolone, Gruyere, parsley and thyme ($15.95) and Coppa Picante with organic tomato, fingerling potatoes, smoked mozzarella and basil ($15.95). The pizzeria’s weekend brunch is hopping with fruit, breakfast sandwiches and eggs. Fresh pastries and bread are available for carryout at a breakfast counter located at the front of the restaurant.
348 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11238
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Big changes have taken place with this Brooklyn pizzeria. Franny’s moved into a new, much larger facility, giving the pizzeria the space to accommodate a private dining room and two brick ovens. The pizzeria recently also launched a lunch menu and debuted a cookbook. Its menu features salumi plates and unique offerings like stuffed zucchini with prosciutto cotto, herbs and breadcrumbs ($13) and fried polenta with garlic scapes, estratto di pomodoro and cresenza ($16). Locally sourcing much of its produce, Franny’s offers nearly a dozen pizzas like tomato, buffalo mozzarella and meatballs ($17) and broccoli di cicco, summer onions, chilies and pecorino marzolino ($18).