February 28, 2013 |

Did You Know / Places that Rock

By Pizza Today

2013 March: Did You Know

Big Bucks

One lucky Expo attendee will leave with lots of cash — the show closes with a $20,000 Mega Bucks Giveaway.


This month, more than 10,000 pizza professionals will be under one roof at International Pizza Expo 2013.


Idaho has 347 pizzerias.

Places that Rock

Rocket Pizza Lounge
122 W. 4th St.
Los Angeles, California 90013
(213) 687-4992

This eclectic pizza place sits in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Old Bank District. Lined with comfortable booths, a rotating craft beer menu and variety of Happy Hour specials, Rocket is a hotspot for the after-work crowd. Its Roasted Bacon & Gorgonzola pizza with tomatoes and basil (12-inch at $14) has received high marks among patrons. Other innovative pies include the Baked Eggs with bacon, chives, caramelized onion and red chili sauce (12-inch at $13); the Meltdown with Italian sausage, jalapeño, crushed red peppers, garlic, onions and bell peppers (12-inch at $13); and Ham & Sage Cream with roasted rosemary chicken and fried sage leaves (12-inch at $13). Its menu also features rustic ciabatta sandwiches like the Arrabiata Sausage with spicy Italian sausage, Gorgonzola, arugula, peppers and caramelized onions ($12) and the Arugula, Apple, Avocado with red onion, provolone and romasco ($11).

Uccello’s Ristorante
2630 E. Beltline SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
(616) 954-2002

Uccello’s knows how to draw sports fans into its pizzeria and sports lounge with an extensive sports entertainment package projecting on HD flat screen TVs with views from every angle. Specials menus are tailored for fans like the Football Features — chicken fingers, pepperoni rolls, meatball sliders, Uccello’s quesadilla and the buffalo chicken grilled pizza, ranging from $5.99 to $8.99. The three Michigan locations also drive business during lull times with $2.99 Happy Hour food items, including pizza puffs, half subs, one topping, nine-inch pizzas and bruschetta. Uccello’s also offers a variety of pizza crust options, from wheat, traditional and ultra thin to pan, stuffed and grilled.

Sliver Pizzeria
2132 Center St.
Berkeley, California 94704
(510) 356-4044

The pizzeria’s interior is modern and sleek with an attractive bar. Close to the University of California, Sliver offers slices and whole pies. Each day at Sliver hosts a special pizza offering. A past featured week highlighted pies with roasted marble potatoes, Pasilla chiles, yellow onions, mozzarella, Bulgarian feta cheese, cilantro Mexican key limes and garlic olive oil; red bell pepper, leeks mozzarella, Gruyere cheese, green olives, Italian parsley and garlic olive oil; and roasted eggplant, roasted onion, mozzarella, pecorino Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, garlic olive oil and paprika. Along with daily pizza specials, Sliver features daily salads, as well as entertainment highlighting local musicians and artists.