Buddy’s Pizza Opens Novi Location {+Giveaway!}

Buddy's Pizza LogoLast night I had the privilege of attending a sneak peek for Buddy’s Pizza, the home of Detroit’s original square Sicilian-style pizza, which opens today in Novi. Anyone who hasn’t experienced Buddy’s needs to get there stat — it’s like a rite of passage for Detroiters.

Our family is absolutely thrilled about the new location. I have been to the original location on 6 Mile in Detroit, and the one in Warren, but am so excited to see them come further west to Novi, which is just a 20 minute drive for me.

The 68-year-old family-owned restaurant kick-started an expansion last fall and it continues as Buddy’s Pizza’s 11th location opens to the public TODAY at 3 p.m. at 44224 Twelve Mile Road, inside Novi’s Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk entertainment district. {Go watch a movie at Emagine and then go grab some pizza! Perfect date night!}

Additionally, today, $2 from every pizza sold at the Novi Buddy’s Pizza location will be donated to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Buddy's Pizza Ribbon Cutting - Novi

The new location is 8,000 square feet of amazement — with plenty of space for families to dine and lots of architectural details for patrons to admire. It seats 200 in a main dining room and features an urban, retro-styled interior and exterior, a main lobby, an outdoor dining area, main bar, banquet room, carry-out area, modern restrooms and kitchen.

The Novi location was designed by Northville-based Martone Design Studio, and pays tribute to Buddy’s Detroit heritage with vintage Industrial deco design elements, reminiscent of the original Buddy’s Pizza in Detroit. {Read: It is SO cool.}

Take a peek:

Buddy's Pizza Novi

ABOUT THE PIZZA

Buddy’s specializes in Detroit-style pizza. Forget New York and Chicago styles — Buddy’s is where it’s at, and I’m not just being bias. It’s delicious!

Buddy's Pizza

The Detroit Zoo pizza: Motor City cheese blend, roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, pine nuts and tomato basil sauce

What I also love about this restaurant is that you can get 4-slice pizzas. This is so perfect for our family since my husband and I have vastly different tastes when it comes to pizza. We like to each get our own and then pair it with an Antipasto salad for the perfect meal. I love the Detroit and Michigan-themed pizza names — the Detroiter, Detroit Zoo, The Henry Ford, The Parade Company, and all of the Great Lakes. So fun!

Buddy's Pizza - Antipasto Salad

Pretty much the most delicious salad on the planet…Buddy’s Antipasto salad.

Buddy’s has been recognized as one 50 States, 50 Pizzas and Destination Pizza and 10 pies worth a trip by Zagat; one of the Nation’s Five Best Pizza Places by the Food Network; dubbed the Hottest Independent Pizzeria in the Nation by Pizza Today; one of the best 25 Pizzas in America by GQ and one of the 25 best pizza spots in the US by Food & Wine Magazine.

Hungry now? Be sure to visit the new Novi location and pay homage to Detroit’s best pizza!

For more information, visit www.buddyspizza.com and follow Buddy’s Pizza on Facebook and Twitter.

{See more photos of the Novi location by visiting my Facebook page!}

GIVEAWAY

I am excited to give away a $25 gift card to one lucky reader, age 18+. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. A winner will be chosen on November 6, 2014 at midnight.

Good luck!

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Sesame Street Live in Grand Rapids: Let’s Dance, Nov. 18-19 {+Giveaway}

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Sesame Street Live is dancing into Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids November 18-19, 2014 and I have the scoop and a chance for you to win a family 4-pack! Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live’s “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the Robot,’ Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Favorite friends join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them. It’s Sesame Street Live like you’ve never experienced it before!

Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children!

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TICKETS

Ticket prices: $16, $20, $25 (Gold Circle) & $48 (Sunny Seats). Group savings available. Groups 10+ call 616-742-6185.

Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats! The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends. Additional fees/surcharges may apply.

Tickets are available at the Van Andel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and online. To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000.
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