Seeking the perfect slice, Troy Johnson stopped by this Telegraph Hill joint owned by a multitime World Pizza Champion. Pizza master Tony Gemignani offers every imaginable type of pie, including coal-fired and Roman-style. The Burratina di Margherita is an excellent place to start. Think creamy Burrata and a balsamic reduction, layered with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil.
Open since the turn of the 20th century, Louis' Lunch is rumored to have made the first hamburger. Geoffrey Zakarian is hooked on the original burger with cheese, tomato and onion. No condiments are offered in order to preserve the pure beefy flavors of a fresh burger grilled to perfection.
Troy Johnson heads to the Windy City in search of a mouth-watering pizza pie and dines on a delicious slice at Ian's Pizza, on Food Network's Crave.
Try SoLuna's chips with the extra spicy salsa, which gets its heat from a mix of hot peppers. On Crave, Troy Johnson made his own blend, but it can’t outdo the original — it goes great on everything from SoLuna’s Tacos al Pastor to the Pollo a la Parilla.
For burger aficionados that never get enough toppings, welcome to The Counter. The custom burger joint boasts more than 300,000 potential burger combos, thanks to the 20 sauces and 30 toppings on the menu. That includes everything from soft-ripened Brie to English muffins for buns.
At Totonno’s, the current owners serve up irresistible pizzas made from their grandfather's secret recipe. Their most-popular pie is topped with mozzarella, pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, sauce, a dusting of Parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil before going into a coal-fired oven.
On Food Network's Crave, host Troy Johnson checks out Gatton Farms, founded in 1840 in Lexington, KY, where they've been making delicious gourmet, premium bacon since 1950.
Only at Gino's East of Chicago can you get the original deep-dish sausage patty pizza made with an 11-inch disk of sausage baked inside. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Duff devours this "Frankenstein" pizza that has made Chicago, and deep-dish fanatics, happy since 1966. Bonus? They will ship.
Seattle's Theo Chocolate employs a Harvard-trained molecular biologist to capture the best-quality beans for all their chocolates. As Troy Johnson learned on Crave, Theo's line of antioxidant-rich, flavored chocolate (think ginger and chile) is also organic and fair-trade.
Troy Johnson takes his giant-sized ice cream cravings to the largest university creamery in the nation, the Penn State Creamery, in University Park, PA, for a creamy, strawberry frozen treat on Food Network's Crave.
The recipe to Gus's hot and spicy fried chicken has been in the family since 1953 and has remained a secret since then. Not even owner Terry Bonner's wife knows. One thing, however, is certain. Claire Robinson adores this chicken, along with maybe the entire city of Memphis, Tennessee.
The truffles at Recchiuti Confections may be simple (creamy ganache coated in cocoa powder), yet their flavors are anything but. Recchiuti doesn't stop at scrumptious truffles though; their menu also features custom chocolates, chocolate bars and chocolate-covered nuts.
For a pizza pie made with flavorful ingredients, like garlic cloves, fresh basil and ripe Italian tomatoes, check out Paulie Gee's in Brooklyn, NY, with Troy Johnson, host of Food Network's Crave.
Troy Johnson's mouth is watering over the traditional southern Fried Chicken Dinner at Price's Chicken Coop in Charlotte, NC, on Food Network's Crave.
Troy Johnson gets the full history of a spicy classic at the Tabasco factory in Avery Island, LA, on Food Network's Crave.