Cogan’s Pizza coganspizza.com
Eating at the ultra-hip Cogan’s, with two stores in Norfolk, Virginia, will give you
“spaceman strength and endurance,” according to the company’s pulp fiction-inspired
marketing materials. Cogan’s motto—“Pizza. Beer. Gorillas.”—grabs attention on a
wide range of logoed merchandise, including T-shirts, caps and hoodies, while sidewalk
signage draws the eye with original—and decidedly o;beat—artwork, and a green-skinned beauty with antennae sprouting from her head lures guests to the full-service bar.
FatPie Pizza fatpiepizza.com
Located in Bellingham, Washington, FatPie built its reputation on Chicago-style
pies made with a flaky cornmeal crust, but owner James Swift later added Detroit
and New York styles to the mix. Swift’s company, the Raptor Group, also operates
donut and ice cream shops in Bellingham, and Swift is known for trying to replicate
foods he remembers from his travels or his childhood. Along with its elegant indoor
setting, FatPie delivers dual-level rooftop seating in warm months.
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Pi Pizzeria pi-pizza.com
After noshing on fare from St. Louis’ Pi Pizzeria during a campaign event in October
2008, President Obama reportedly called the shop and said their pizza was the best he’d
ever had. ;e White House later invited Pi’s team to Washington, D.C., to cook for the
first family. Along with deep-dish pizzas, executive chef Cary McDowell is renowned
for snacks like his Billy Goat Chips, pint of mussels and spicy pickles made with Huy
Fong chili paste.
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Unique signature pies dominate the menu at this Amarillo, Texas, pizzeria that opened
in 2009. ;e Green Chile Cheeseburger features marinara sauce, New Mexico green
chiles, hamburger, red onions, and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, while the Tommy
Boy comes loaded with grilled chicken, roasted crimini mushrooms, artichokes, feta
and mozzarella. Fire Slice also o;ers live music showcasing local artists, online ordering,
catering, a loyalty club and beer socials spotlighting area breweries.