Michigan’s Best Local Dishes: At Carlo’s Pizza Plainfield, diners can find delicious pizzas made from scratch
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – At Carlo’s Pizza Plainfield, it’s all about the ingredients.
âWe make everything from scratch,â said owner Gino Stabile. âWe make the flour, the dough that we make from scratch, we make the sauce, the cheese comes in big blocks, and we cut it fresh, we grate it. “
Carlo’s Pizza Plainfield, 3150 Plainfield Ave. NE, has been open for about a decade and offers a range of exclusive pizzas as well as salads, breadsticks, wings, stromboli, sub-sandwiches, lasagna, cannoli, cheesecakes and more.
Stabile says his parents and grandparents also worked in the pizza business and uses the same techniques they learned in Italy.
In total, he estimates that he has been making pizza for 35 years.
âIt started a long time ago with my grandfather,â Stabile said. âMy grandfather was Italian and he opened a pizza place in downtown Michigan Street, and then after that my mom and dad started opening pizzerias as well. We grew up in pizzerias.
Carlo’s Pizza offers 14 specialty pizzas.
Gino pizza, for example, is topped with ham, pepperoni, mushrooms, green olives, black olives, sausage, oregano, mozzarella, bacon, onion, and Romano cheese. Another is the Philly Steak Pizza, which includes steak, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
In addition to pizza, another popular dish is cheese stromboli, which comes with garlic butter and a Parmesan crust.
âIt’s a pizza pocket,â he said. âWe make a pizza and pocket everything in it. Then we put butter, garlic and Parmesan cheese on top. People love it.
He added, “The ones I make, they’re huge. With the small one you can feed two people. With the large one you can feed about four people.
Co-owner Heather Smith says Carlo’s Pizza still bakes their pies the old-fashioned way using a brick oven.
âWe use the same recipes as his grandparents,â said Smith, referring to Stabile’s grandparents. âWe still use these recipes to this day. “
Carlo’s Pizza is open from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, according to its Facebook page. Thursday it’s open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday it’s open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. And on Sunday, it’s open from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The pizzeria can be reached at 616-364-4900.
The restaurant’s Facebook page can be seen here, and its menu can be found here.
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