When it comes to pizza I prefer regional brands to the nationals. My favorite pizza places include the following:
Donato's (mostly Ohio): It satisfies me when I want thin crust, plus it's owned by McDonald's
. Website www.donatos.com
East of Chicago Pizza Company (mostly north Central Ohio). I prefer it not just for the taste, but because I took a trip through North Central Ohio when I had it the first time (May 17, 1998). The scenery was awesome and I saw just as many EOCPCs as McDonald'ses. EOCPC made that big an impression on me.
La Rosa's (Cincinnati area--opened its first Dayton restaurant late last year
) Website www.larosas.com
Mr. Gatti's (mostly the south): When I was a teenager there was a Mr. Gatti's my family would frequent in Crawfordsville, Indiana, near the east end of town on IN 32. Unfortunately it has disappeared (I think it's a Subway now, which would explain why I never eat Subway
.). However, I have found the chain still exists in at least Kansas and Kentucky!
I cannot locate a website; the two, www.mrgattis.com
, I have found are regional (Austin, TX; southern KY)
Rocky Rococo (Wisconsin, plus a location each in Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington): I understand there used to be more restaurants in this chain than there are now (about 35). I even heard that one existed in Dayton, Ohio, back in 1980!