Taste of Tuscaloosa: Have a Hankering for a Slice (or Two)? Here’s Where to Go
Anytime I’m educating a large group of people about nutrition, I love to go around the room and ask what everyone’s favorite food is. When the tables are turned on me, I respond that my favorite food is pizza, hands down.
As a dietitian, I see pizza as a vehicle for everything awesome in the food world: bread, cheese (hello!), and anything else your heart desires. If you’re a veggie person, pile it on. If you’re in love with meat, there’s quite the variety of traditional and non-traditional pizza meats. The sky is really the limit when it comes to pizza combinations. Thankfully, we’ve got a great variety of local pizzerias that satisfy our pizza cravings. Here are three of the best …
Celebrating its “Sweet Sixteen” this year, Broadway Pizzeria opened its original location on April 1, 2002, after taking about a year to convert the old North River Marina warehouse into a restaurant. Now boasting a total of three locations in town, Broadway has made a name for itself among Tuscaloosa locals.
Owner Eric Wyatt considers the start of Broadway a leap of faith.
“My business partner and I had a feeling that if we would make our own dough and sauce from scratch and use premium toppings, we'd surely end up with a great product, but it was a leap of faith, nonetheless. We had no way of ‘trying it out,’ because no open-hearth pizza ovens existed around here that we knew of, “said Wyatt.
But despite the awesome pizza, Wyatt says Broadway offers much more.
“My favorite menu item? It's actually a sandwich ... a tossup between our cheesesteak and the Italian sub. I do, of course, love our pizza as well, and if I'm ordering one for myself, today it’s gonna be chicken, bacon, mushroom, and onion with a little green olive and pineapple to make it stand up and talk,” he said.
For more information on Broadway Pizzeria, including locations and menu items, visit broadwaysouth.net.
Heat Pizza Bar
Heat Pizza Bar will celebrate its 2-year anniversary next month, but it’s been hot from the get go. Owner Frank Fleming says his inspiration for Heat came from his experience working in the service industry with his brother, Will, during undergrad at The University of Alabama.
“The university and town were growing at an alarming rate, and we knew the market could support another restaurant/bar. It took a few different concept ideas before we came up with the ‘heat’ concept,” Fleming said. “We simply wanted to offer the best possible ingredients at the lowest possible price to our customers, all while having a fun atmosphere and exceptional customer service.”
With nightly specials like $7 Thai chicken pizzas on Tuesdays, and $5 signature cocktails on Thursdays, Heat keeps a busy schedule with patrons. If you ask Fleming what his favorite pizza is on the menu, he’s quick to tell you his go to.
“My favorite pizza is our ‘Standard’ – it comes with pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, and onions, on our house red sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. But our chicken bacon ranch pizza is a close second. I think the name speaks for itself,” said Fleming.
For more information on Heat Pizza Bar, including hours and menu items, visit heatpizzabar.com.
California Underground Pizzeria
In business for over 10 years, California Underground Pizzeria in Northport is no stranger to the local pizza game. Owner Zach Sutton says his family purchased California Underground in November 2016, after the original owners moved out of state.
“My sister Abby worked there as a manager and loved it. The owner sold the business to our family when he moved out of state, and our family carried on the pizza tradition,” said Sutton.
If you ask California Underground customers what they love most, they’ll tell you they love the friendly staff and the amazing selection of specialty pizzas on the menu.
“We make it a point to make every customer and employee feel like family. We hand-make every pizza to order, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to making the perfect pizza for each customer,” Sutton said. “Our main bragging right comes from our special, homemade dough, especially our deep-dish crust option. One thing that stands out the most is our 16-topping pizza called the Tsunami, which, when combined with our deep-dish crust, can weigh up to 6 pounds.”
Sutton adds that California Underground’s most popular specialty pizzas include the California cheeseburger, Veggie pizza, and the new Newport Pesto pizza.
For more information California Underground Pizzeria, including menu items and event catering, visit californiaundergroundpizza.com.