It took one trip to Italy for Mark Younes to become intrigued by the country's famous pizza and to come up with the idea of bringing similar pies to Canton.
And in July, he did, with the opening of Genova Pizzeria in the Canton Center Plaza on Ford Road.
Younes, who grew up in the restaurant business by working and eventually owning his father's Coney Island in Dearborn, uses only quality ingredients such as imported, caputo flour, which is lighter in gluten and makes an exceptional thin and crispy crust.
There are no freezers in the store, and pizza toppings include whole milk mozzarella, goat cheese, prosciutto, spinach and baby arugula to name a few. All of the pizzas cook quickly under high heat, thanks to the 800 degree wood-fired brick oven.
Genova Pizzeria offers build your own pies, and specialty pie favorites, such as The Carne Amanti, a meat lover's version with bacon, pepperoni, and sopressata sausage. Or the 800 Degrees, with artichokes, fresh grilled chicken, basil and mozzarella cheese.
Other menu items include fresh salads and Panino sandwiches.
"The concept is you don't have to pay a fortune to eat great food," Younes said in a news release.
All pizzas are 12" and 8 slices, and cost between $6 and $9. Salads and sandwiches range from $5 to $7.
Genova Pizzeria is open Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Find our more information about Genova Pizzeria, including daily deals, by visiting genovapizzeria.com.