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Doughn't Ignore The Calzone; Nine Quirky Local Picks

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgForget the pizza for once. Turnover a new leaf and opt out of your pie rut with a half moon, crusted, hunger killer. Calzones, the overlooked, overstuffed and over-carbed pizza relative is traditionally filled with ricotta or mozzarella, and filled via the imagination of each individual pizza chef.

Variants can be inspired by regional origins, such as the fried dough versions of southern Italy or bow to Western excesses of stuffing as many ingredients into one small pocket.

Whether they remind you of empanadas or Cornish pasties, here are nine options to fill your belly or meet your novelty dining requirements.


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Boston Pizza

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The favorite chicken wing and pizza spot of the History Channel's Pawn Stars team, also serves a loyal regular customer base. Artery clogging indulgences include the Italian Supreme calzone, with salami, green peppers, onions, ham and cheese.

Canaletto

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Pretend you are in Italy and dine on calzone outside, while inside, on the Canaletto patio at the intersection of the replica Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco. The ristorante classifies their fancy calzone as "folded pizza," but still generously fill it up with mozzarella, mushrooms, ricotta, ham and tomato sauce.

Eastside Pizza

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Eastside Pizza presents an East Coast calzone rivalry match-up on their menu. For their New York style calzone, they stuff with ricotta adding mozzarella and two toppings. To keep the Boston style authentic, they drop the ricotta and build it with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, mozzarella and two toppings of your choice. Ricotta shouldn't be one of them.

Familia Pizzeria

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Back in the 1950's, in lieu of cutlery, an enterprising youngster stuffed spaghetti and meatballs into a hollowed out loaf. Now, Familia Pizzeria serves that “Pizghetti” creation in a calzone crust, with a choice of sausage, chicken or eggplant as a substitute for meatballs.

Four Kegs Sports Pub

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Online reviewers rave about the Four Kegs famous calzone. Except it's a stromboli. As featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Food Network TV show, the local's favorite fills their dough with a choice of meatballs, chicken, Swiss or beef & Cheddar. Stromboli, long and rectangular in shape, is an American born twist on the stuffed pizza concept. Just don't call it a calzone.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

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Like calzones? Wish they were bigger? Like hub cap bigger? Grimaldi's five local locations will drop an 18" calzone on your plate, brimming with your choice of ingredients. The personal 12 inch starter size is already big enough to share.

Hank’s Philly Steaks

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Another rival to the traditional calzone, Aaron McCargo Jr. from the Food Network’s Big Daddy’s House loves the original Tarantini Panzarotti. He even said so on the their The Best Thing I Ever Ate TV show. The Panzarotti pocket of dough has cheese and sauce on the inside and is deep-fried to golden brown. Squeeze it after the first bite of dough and steam and the cheese and sauce ooze out. “A crispy pocket of love,” McCargo says. At Hank’s Philly Steaks, the Panzarottis come from the Camden, N.J., outlet.

Rosati’s

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You didn't see this calzone coming. Rosati's the Chicago based pizza chain's menu runs the gamut of familiar dishes from Italian beef sandwiches to Chicago style deep dish pies. And they'll fill your calzone with any ingredient. But for dessert, they take a slice of their homemade cheesecake, wrap it in dough, then add your choice of chocolate or caramel sauce. Then they deep fry it.

Settebello Pizzeria

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Settebello stuffs their calzones with ricotta, mozzarella, basil pesto and crushed tomato. But don't ignore their s'mores calzone dessert filled with chocolate and marshmallow and topped with powdered sugar.

Boston Pizza

The favorite chicken wing and pizza spot of the History Channel's Pawn Stars team, also serves a loyal regular customer base. Artery clogging indulgences include the Italian Supreme calzone, with salami, green peppers, onions, ham and cheese.

Canaletto

Pretend you are in Italy and dine on calzone outside, while inside, on the Canaletto patio at the intersection of the replica Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco. The ristorante classifies their fancy calzone as "folded pizza," but still generously fill it up with mozzarella, mushrooms, ricotta, ham and tomato sauce.

Eastside Pizza

Eastside Pizza presents an East Coast calzone rivalry match-up on their menu. For their New York style calzone, they stuff with ricotta adding mozzarella and two toppings. To keep the Boston style authentic, they drop the ricotta and build it with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, mozzarella and two toppings of your choice. Ricotta shouldn't be one of them.

Familia Pizzeria

Back in the 1950's, in lieu of cutlery, an enterprising youngster stuffed spaghetti and meatballs into a hollowed out loaf. Now, Familia Pizzeria serves that “Pizghetti” creation in a calzone crust, with a choice of sausage, chicken or eggplant as a substitute for meatballs.

Four Kegs Sports Pub

Online reviewers rave about the Four Kegs famous calzone. Except it's a stromboli. As featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Food Network TV show, the local's favorite fills their dough with a choice of meatballs, chicken, Swiss or beef & Cheddar. Stromboli, long and rectangular in shape, is an American born twist on the stuffed pizza concept. Just don't call it a calzone.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Like calzones? Wish they were bigger? Like hub cap bigger? Grimaldi's five local locations will drop an 18" calzone on your plate, brimming with your choice of ingredients. The personal 12 inch starter size is already big enough to share.

Hank’s Philly Steaks

Another rival to the traditional calzone, Aaron McCargo Jr. from the Food Network’s Big Daddy’s House loves the original Tarantini Panzarotti. He even said so on the their The Best Thing I Ever Ate TV show. The Panzarotti pocket of dough has cheese and sauce on the inside and is deep-fried to golden brown. Squeeze it after the first bite of dough and steam and the cheese and sauce ooze out. “A crispy pocket of love,” McCargo says. At Hank’s Philly Steaks, the Panzarottis come from the Camden, N.J., outlet.

Rosati’s

You didn't see this calzone coming. Rosati's the Chicago based pizza chain's menu runs the gamut of familiar dishes from Italian beef sandwiches to Chicago style deep dish pies. And they'll fill your calzone with any ingredient. But for dessert, they take a slice of their homemade cheesecake, wrap it in dough, then add your choice of chocolate or caramel sauce. Then they deep fry it.

Settebello Pizzeria

Settebello stuffs their calzones with ricotta, mozzarella, basil pesto and crushed tomato. But don't ignore their s'mores calzone dessert filled with chocolate and marshmallow and topped with powdered sugar.

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