Taste a Great Slice of Pizza

In the mood for local pizza but not sure where to go? West Lafayette and Lafayette have a plethora of great pizza places, each with its own specialty and dining room atmosphere. Purdue University Student, Katherine Roth, shares a few of her favorites!

Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room

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At the bottom of the hill leading up to campus is the small family owned and operated restaurant and pizzeria. Bruno’s Pizza is a campus favorite that opened in 1955, and is best known for its Bruno Dough and hand-tossed pizza. Bruno Dough is their famous pizza dough that is deep-fried, brushed with garlic butter, sprinkled with Parmesan and served with your choice of dipping sauce. Not in the mood for pizza? The menu also features Swiss, German and Italian dishes, as well as a variety of salads and sandwiches with gluten-free options available. There’s something for everyone on the menu.

Bruno’s has 3 dining rooms including the Bar, the Swiss Room and Big O’s Sports Room. The sports room is covered in old and new Purdue memorabilia, allowing patrons to not only get a good meal but a visual tour of Purdue’s history. There is plenty of room to sit and enjoy a meal with friends and family. When Bruno’s Pizza opened in 1955, it was the only pizzeria in West Lafayette

When we went to the restaurant we ordered a large Bruno’s Meat, covered in sausage, ham, pepperoni, and bacon. There was enough pizza to go around for our group, and with an order of Bruno Dough, no one left hungry!

Professor Joe’s Sports Pub and Pizzeria

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In the heart of Lafayette, against the surrounding buildings, Professor Joe’s bright red exterior stands out. If specialty pizza, sandwiches and beer served in a cozy eatery with balcony seating and sports on TV is what you are looking for, then try this pizzeria.

When the restaurant opened in 2013 it was a 21+ bar, but was recently renovated to accommodate all ages. While eating you can enjoy a round or two of pub darts, live trivia, music, and sports on 12 TV’s — a sports fan’s dream location. Professor Joe’s was built on the belief that pizza should be special, and it is something that shows in every pizza they make.

Dining in the interior is cozy with wood booths and tables lining the walls, giving the option for larger groups to put together tables. With plenty of specialty pizzas to choose from, everyone can find something they want on the menu, with gluten-free options available as well.

When we went to Professor Joe’s, our table ordered the “Hoosier,” their take on the all meat pizza. The pizza itself is covered in pepperoni, ham, salami, sausage, ground beef, bacon and extra cheese. The salami and ground beef were two toppings I hadn’t seen on a pizza before and I was intrigued. It turned out to be one of the best pizzas I have ever had.

Midtowne Oven

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Midtowne Oven offers fresh and inspired flavors centered around Greater Lafayette’s only real wood-fired oven.  The restaurant has large windows, perfect to watch the sunset, or to people watch while you eat. Midtowne Oven also offers many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

The night we went to Midtowne we decided to go with a different style of pizza, the Margherita pizza. With hand squeezed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on top, and then finished with fresh chiffonade basil and garlic oil drizzle, this pizza was amazing. The wood oven adds a nice smoky taste to the crust and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients. The fresh ingredients are something that Midtowne prides itself in, and it shows.

All in all, each pizzeria had it’s own special qualities, and are excellent places to eat while visiting West Lafayette and Lafayette. For more local eateries check out HomeOfPurdue.com.

Mad Mushroom: Home of the Original Cheesestix

There are some places in Lafayette that are absolute staples! One local favorite serves up some the best Italian food around…the famed Mad Mushroom! Purdue students and locals alike can’t get enough of Mad Mushroom. There are two convenient locations, in both Lafayette and West Lafayette.

The home of the Original Cheesestix! Mad Mush has a menu with something for everyone. Beyond their delicious pizza, there are sandwiches – calzones – grinders – paninis – pasta – salads…. and more! If you know a picky eater, don’t worry, you can build and customize to create your ideal dish.

Allow the pizza experts to toss you up a delicious pie, with a selection of great toppings! You can even get a gluten free pizza crust. Try their unique Greek Gryo Pizza, topped with gyro meat, onions, black olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce! For those who are on the pineapples-on-pizza side of the debate, there’s the Mad Maui with bbq sauce, ham, bacon and pineapple. These are just two of the amazing creations you can get at Mad Mushroom!

Dive into all this pizza deliciousness today! You’ll love stopping into their welcoming locations – they have a great vibe that invites you to stay and hang out with your friends over a bite (or more) to eat! You can even stop in for trivia nights at the West Lafayette location, which are announced on their Facebook page and typically take place on Tuesday nights! If you are new or old to the area, you won’t want to pass up dining at Mad Mushroom.

Pizzas Galore!

This blog is shared by VLWL intern, Samantha Martin! For more information, please visit our website HomeOfPurdue.com.

Pepperoni Perfection at Arni’s

Stomachs grumbling, cold winds hitting our faces and tired bodies from sledding. What was the next activity on the agenda? This was the question the Visitor Center’s staff had. A unanimous agreement was made…we should dine at Arni’s Restaurant for lunch! (Arni’s originated in the Lafayette area over fifty years ago and has expanded to multiple parts of Indiana.)

The Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette staff arrived with warm welcomes from the Arni’s staff. We were seated right away in a comfortable and cozy booth. The hospitable waitress introduced herself and explained the fresh-made foods on the menu and the famous Arni’s pizza.

Pondering for a minute, we had to try the pepperoni pizza and side salads. The Arni’s Junior Salad is a unique rendition of a traditional salad. This delicious dish includes tender ham and turkey chunks topped with blends of cheese, sliced radishes, green onions and croutons. With any salad comes flavorsome dressings! Arni’s homemade french dressing is one of the available choices as well as their famous bleu cheese, herb vinaigrette and classic ranch.

The staff is fabulous!

After deciding pizza and salads as a main meal, we had to try some munchie appetizers. A plethora of choices, the loaded cheese fries and chili nachos supreme were the final decision. Who doesn’t want crispy fries, gooey cheese, bacon and green onions all in one! The chili, tomatoes and jalapenos had a savory taste and put a trance on anyone who tried them.

Nachos galore!

After full bellies of appetizers, salads and homemade pepperoni pizza (which you must order…the pepperoni is cut up very small and has the perfect blend of spice! One of best pepperoni’s around!), it was time to end the impeccable lunch break. The polite staff and efficient service brands Arni’s Restaurant as a preferable place to eat.

Fly heaven!

Onward to more winter fun as we embark on an afternoon of more sledding in Lafayette-West Lafayette! For more information about this restaurant and our fabulous sledding hills, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Abby, VLWL Intern and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.