Pizza Cat Max opens in Detroit, seeks to ‘keep pizza weird’
A new pizzeria with a mission to “keep pizza weird” is now open in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood.
Pizza Cat Max opened on Monday in the space formerly occupied by Ready Player One, an arcade and bar. Most of the pizzas on the menu hit you with catchy names, with a grocery list of toppings to choose from.
“It’s food you can find elsewhere, but hard to find in pizza form,” co-owner Matt Wojtowicz said.
For example, there’s a pizza called “Dave’s Spicy Reuben” with all the toppings and flavors of a Reuben sandwich, including corned beef, kraut, and Thousand Island sauce. Another features a barbecue-style pizza topped with beef brisket and pickles. In a nod to Detroit’s coney dog, Pizza Cat Max’s version is vegetarian with Carolina BBQ, mustard, Soyrizo (vegan chorizo), Grippos, its six-cheese blend, and lemon juice. white onion.
Do you like Flaming Hot Cheetos? There’s the “Flaming Hot Cheese” pizza with Flaming Hot Cheetos as an ingredient. The “Fetaterranean” – topped with garlic parmesan sauce, chicken, Mediterranean herbs, feta and pizza cheese and kalamata and green olives – is one of Pizza Cat’s bestsellers .
“It’s a (Fetaterranean) word that we came up with and it was originally vegetarian pizza,” Wojtowicz said. “We added chicken and it became a bestseller.”
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Over 30 styles of pizza are offered. You can also make your own with toppings including beef brisket, corned beef, or Soyrizo, a vegan chorizo. A multitude of vegetables ranging from artichokes to roasted red peppers, olives and pickles are also available as garnishes. For the cheese, you can choose a mix of cheddar, pizza cheese, feta, ricotta, or vegan Daiya cheese.
You can choose from over 20 sauces. including traditional pizza sauce, sweet and spicy barbecue, spicy ranch, and a spicy mix of teriyaki and sriracha. Specialty sauces include his Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, a homemade hot sauce called “Diablo Gato”, Garlic Parmesan and Hot Garlic. There is also Vegan Marinara and Thousand Island.
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Pizza sizes include 9 inches, which Wojtowicz says feeds 1 person, and 12 inches, enough for two. Pizza Cat Max is also known for its edge-to-edge cheese pizzas, sauce and ingredients.
Gluten-free and keto pizzas, chicken wings, and steamed bagels are also on the menu.
Pizza Cat opened its first location, a take-out-only location, in 2017 in Toledo, Ohio.
“Pizza Cat was created to embrace unique, wacky, fun, colorful, local and of course totally weird qualities,” according to its website. “In 2017, our founder said, why wait for someone else to adopt a diverse and wonderfully wacky pizza menu? Why not take the plunge and adopt it myself?”
Wojtowicz adds: “The ‘Max’ version is a full dining experience, some games and entertainment at night.” There is also a full bar.
Pizza Cat Max offers a $10 lunch special for dinner only, which includes a small 9-inch pizza with a drink, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Monday to Friday.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit pizzacat.com.
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