The Best Pizza in Fishers
Puccini's Smiling Teeth restaurant in Fishers, off 116th and I-69
Okay, let’s face it; pizza has become a staple of the American diet. If you’ve ever watched Little House on the Prairie, you know that wasn’t always the case, but after World War II pizza grew in popularity to the point that nowadays every small town has at least one pizza parlor.
Fishers is no exception. Just along the stretch of 116th Street between Allisonville Road and the on ramp to I-69 there are no less than five pizza restaurants. Puccini’s, a chain that has six locations around the Indianapolis area, has their restaurant located in a strip mall right next to the on-ramp, between a boutique and Starbuck's on the east end of the plaza. Our family discovered it at the Clearwater location back in the early 1990’s and after we moved to Fishers were very happy to learn of the restaurant there. It was on Allisonville but then moved to its current location and has blossomed there.
The décor tends towards the Boho (Bohemian for you non artsy-fartsy types.) Utilitarian booths and tables mix with soft lighting and eye-catching prints from artist Chris Pyle. The prints are pizza/pasta themed with a lot of primary shapes, mostly circles. One of my favorites is of a rotund, balding individual riding an old-style bicycle with the big front wheel. The front wheel is a pizza.
Their pizza is a little different than the other restaurants in the area. It’s not the ersatz thin crust New York style of a lot of them (and as a former New Yorker I sure do miss that pizza!) It’s also not the pan-style of a Pizzeria Uno or Noble Roman’s. It’s just thick enough to be chewy without running the risk of being under baked and doughy. Their toppings are generous and tasty. One staple we get there frequently (due to one son’s breakfast habits) is the standard cheese pizza. They put on a generous amount of cheese but it doesn’t overpower the sauce. Truly a good, basic pizza. And their pepperoni pizza is a thing to behold!
Of their specialty pizza’s, a favorite of our family is their Ultimate Warrior. This comes with sausage, pepperoni, onions, black olives, mushrooms and green peppers. Others that have occupied spots at our table over the years have been the Giacomo (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and green peppers,) the Bill (hot Italian sausage, yellow and red bell peppers, thyme, oregano and parsley,) and the Zorba the Pizza (eggplant, spinach, red onions, whole black olives and feta cheese although we usually leave off the eggplant.) Sometimes when I’m feeling adventurous I’ll get a Shrimp Santori (shrimp, sesame chili oil, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil.) You can also get a good calzone and a pretty good Hot Italian sandwich. Mangia!
All in all, I highly recommend the Fishers Puccini’s for a nice dinner and a pleasant atmosphere.
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