Category Archives: Pizza

Derby gets its Picasso’s Pizzeria on Thursday

How soon is now?

How soon is now?

Kurt Schmidt will open his second Picasso’s Pizzeria at 620 N. Rock Road in Derby on Thursday.

The restaurant, which is in Bristol Square, will have the same big slices and sandwiches as the original, which opened at 621 W. Douglas in Delano in March 2012, but it will have slightly different hours. The Derby store will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 316-201-1743.

Pie Five Pizza opening a second location

pie fiveBy the end of fall, Wichita will have two Pie Five Pizza Co. restaurants.

Applebee’s franchisee Jim Stevens already announced that he will open the first one in August at 334 S. Ridge Road, right by his Applebee’s at the corner of Maple and Ridge. Construction is underway on that location.

Then, in September, he’ll begin work on his second Pie Five. This one will be in a strip center in front of the SuperTarget at NewMarket Square. That one should be done by October. A second Firehouse Subs is going into the same strip center.

Pie Five is a build-your-own pizza restaurant, with four different kinds of crust, including gluten-free.

How to make a grilled pizza, step by step

In Sunday’s paper, you’ll find the second annual edition of a special publication we call “Perfect Summer.”

The features staff at the Eagle has been busy for weeks now gathering up all the information you’ll need to lead the most perfect life imaginable during the hot-weather months.

For one of my contributions, I was asked to reveal the secret behind my famous grilled pizzas, which I’ve been perfecting for a decade. They taste good, impress guests and are fun to make.

Here’s a sneak peek at my story, with a bonus how-to video I made with the assistance of Eagle photographer Jaime Green.

Sunday’s “Perfect Summer” section also will include a guide to Kansas microbreweries, a comprehensive list of Wichita food trucks, a story about ice cream making, and some summer cocktail recipes from some of your favorite local bars.

It’s not all about food and drink, though. There are also stories about gardening, entertaining, travel and more.

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.