Category Archives: Pizza

Review: Who knew a $5 pizza could taste good?

Behold: The $4.99 pepperoni

Behold: The $4.99 pepperoni

My review for Friday’s Go! section is of Cheezies Pizza, a chain that has two franchises in Wichita, both of which belong to  Tracy’s Automotive owner Mike Ryno.

He opened the first one at 3804 W. Maple in 2011 and added a second early this year in a spot at 601 E. First St. The new one is attached to one of his auto shops.

The headline: Although Cheezies is hardly gourmet dining, the $4.99 cheese and pepperoni pizzas it sells are surprisingly good. I anticipate this will become a go-to spot for me when I need to feed large numbers of kids, which is a fairly frequent occurrence in my life.

Anyone else been there? Read my review and tell me what you think.

Cheezies Pizza adds a downtown location

A new Cheezie's Pizza just opened at 601 E. First St.

A new Cheezies Pizza just opened at 601 E. First St.

Downtown has a new to-go pizza place.

The second Wichita location of Cheezies Pizza, a chain based out of Oklahoma, opened two weeks ago at 601 E. First St., just down the street from Bite Me BBQ.

The first Wichita  Cheezies opened in early 2011 at 3804 W. Maple. The franchisee of both is Mike Ryno, who also owns Wichita’s  Tracy’s Automotive stores. In fact, the new Cheezies has an adjoining door to the Tracy’s at 525 E. First St. N.

So far, the restaurant has no permanent signage and is easy to miss if you’re not looking. Graffiti spray paint and some “now open” signs are the only identifiers.

Cheezies serves $4.99 large pepperoni or cheese pizzas and other one-topping larges for $5.99. It also offers a list of $8.99 large specialties such as deluxe, taco pizza or chicken bacon ranch, plus stromboli, sandwiches, breadsticks, calzones and chicken wings.

Ryno said he hopes to add a patio to the downtown Cheezies this summer, but for now, it’s to-go only. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on the new restaurant, call 316-267-2439.

Ziggy’s Pizza adding more dining space

Ziggy's Pizza will almost double its dining capacity with this addition.

Ziggy’s Pizza will almost double its dining capacity with this addition.

Ziggy’s Pizza, one of my most favorite pizza places in Wichita, is about to get roomier.  The notoriously tiny restaurant in Clifton Square, 3700 E. Douglas, soon will almost double its indoor dining space.

The restaurant is in the midst of expanding to an empty space to its north, which will give it the ability to add 30 seats and accommodate large groups — something it hasn’t been able to do since opening in February.

The work should be done in another month or so, owners say.

Arena-adjacent bar and pizza place open on Friday

The new Jetty's Pizza and Walkers Bar & Venue are this close to Intrust Bank Arena.

The new Jetty’s Pizza and Walkers Bar & Venue are this close to Intrust Bank Arena.

Mickey Lynch is ready to open his two-venues-in-one business, and he officially will on Friday.

At 5 p.m., both his Jettys Pizza and Walkers Bar and Venue will open at 222. S. Commerce, just north of Intrust Bank Arena and south of the old Spaghetti Works building.

Jetty’s is a pizza restaurant that will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Walkers Bar and Venue will have bar food, drinks and live music several times a week. It’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The two businesses will be connected by a door, and people patronizing either one can order from the next-door menu, too.

On Saturday, Walkers will feature local band Blue Eyed Soul performing from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

Those who want to check out Walkers before the opening day can do so on Wednesday. Hoping to attract people headed to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, Lynch is opening Walkers from 4 to 11 p.m. serving a limited menu.

Bartelli’s Pizzeria is apparently closed

It’s not looking good for a very good pizza place in Wichita.

I got an e-mail from a reader this weekend telling me that on Sunday, he was in Bartelli’s Pizzeria, the restaurant at 10330 W. Central opened in 2003 by Bruce Bartel, and that employees told him it was the restaurant’s last day in business.

Though I have been unable to reach Bartel, the restaurant space is listed for lease, and an agent with Landmark Commercial Real Estate confirms that the space is available.

I drove to the restaurant today, and it was closed during what should have been normal business hours. The tables had cleaning products sitting out all over them.

I used to love Bartelli’s, which served big, delicious New York slices long before Picasso’s even existed. But since I don’t have much occasion to get to Central and Maize anymore, I haven’t been there in a while.

I’ll let you know if I get any more details.

One restaurant opens, another closes

Talliano’s is gone, but a new pizza buffet has taken its place. Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria just opened in the spot at 8404 W. 13th that previously housed Talliano’s.

Uncle Joe’s, owned by Joe Arensdorf, has a buffet that has the white sauce Talliano’s fans loved — plus that amazing chocolate chip dessert pizza. But it also offers a choice of thin or thick crust, and patrons can order other items, too, such as wings, stromboli and pepperoni rolls.

The restaurant opened two weeks ago, and its hours are now 11 a.. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-351-5545.

Meanwhile, a short-lived Wichita Mexican restaurant has closed. The phone is disconnected and there’s a “for rent” sign in the window of El Maya, the Mexican restaurant that opened a year ago in the former Dyne Quik building at 1202 N. Broadway. The building is one of Wichita’s remaining Valentine diners.

Wichita-style pizza: Bacon, sunflower seeds and ????

Knolla’s has tabulated the votes from its online survey that aimed to create a “Wichita-Style” pizza, and the restaurant will debut the results at an event on Saturday.

For the past several weeks, Knolla’s has been conducting an online survey that asked Wichitans to construct their perfect virtual pizzas, choosing from categories such as shape, sauce, toppings, etc.

Organizers don’t want to reveal all the toppings on the resulting pizza, but they would say that it is circular, has bacon (the absolute top vote-getter), plus several veggies and a very Kansas-y topping: sunflower seeds.

From 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Knolla’s at 7732 E. Central will put on a launch event during which the first 100 people there will get a commemorative T-shirt. Everyone who attends will get a sample of the winning pizza combination.

The new Wichita-style pizza will be available after Saturday at the east Central location. Other Knolla’s will likely add it later in the month.

Knolla’s creating a Wichita-style pizza

They’re calling it the “Wichita-Style Pizza Movement.”

Local pizza restaurant Knolla’s is launching an online event that it hopes will result in the invention of a signature pizza style for Wichita. Why should New York and Chicago be the only cities to have their own?

Knolla’s is asking Wichitans to take an online survey, which allows them to build their dream pizza — choosing shape, sauce, toppings, etc.
Next month, the survey results will be tallied, and Knolla’s will create a signature Wichita pizza.

Then, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, the Knolla’s at 7732 E. Central will put on a launch event during which the first 100 people there will get a commemorative T-shirt. Everyone who attends will get a sample of the winning pizza combination.

After that, the Wichita-style pizza will likely be a special on the menu, and if it’s popular, it could be added permanently.

One of the shapes voters can choose in the survey is Kansas-shaped. I think I know how I’ll be voting.

Hopperoni Express has hit the road

The new Hopperoni Express food trailer has a wood-fired oven inside to bake pizzas on the spot.

Wichita Brewing Company & Pizzeria’s food trailer – the Hopperoni Express — went out for some test runs earlier this week and will return to the streets on Saturday.

The trailer is fitted with a full-sized wood-fired pizza oven and will park at various places, seven days a week, serving 1o-inch pizzas.  For the first few weeks, the truck’s manager — former kitchen manager Stephen Zinda — plans to take the trailer out once a day, either at lunch or dinner time. The location will be posted on the Hopperoni Express Facebook page. Eventually, he plans to have it out for both lunch and dinner daily.

For now, the trailer is offering two of Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria’s best-known speciality pizzas: the Around the Horn, which is a supreme pizza, and the Gregorian Feast, topped with Italian sausage, roasted garlic, mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella and red sauce. Patrons also can order single topping pizzas with items such as sausage, cheese, pepperoni or the restaurant’s signature hopperoni : pepeproni infused with hops.

The pizzas are $6 for a single topping or $8 for a specialty.

On Monday, the truck will be parked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn. The following days’ schedules will be on the Facebook page soon.

Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria is at 8815 W 13th St. For more information about both businesses, call 316-440-2885.

Pizza food truck will join the Wichita fleet

The Nestleroads: Dough rollers.

Another food truck will hit the Wichita streets — this one serving wood-fired pizzas.

Joseph and Cherre Nestelroad plan to open The Rolling Dough within the next six to 12 months, Joseph said.

He’ll be the dough maker, she’ll be the cook, and they’re now searching for a truck that will accommodate a wood-fired oven.

“I just felt like we needed more variety in the food truck scene,” Nestelroad said.

The Nestelroads specialize in “fusion” style pizza, he said, and they like to play around with recipes that mix pizza and comfort food. A recipe for chicken enchilada pizza is among those they’re most excited about.

The pair have held a vareity of jobs of the years. At the moment, Joseph works for an engineering firm — until the truck gets rolling.

Watch this blog for updates.