Nina & Rafi

Anthony Spina likens the way the cheese bakes around the sides of the Detroit crust to his childhood favorite—Pizza Hut. “Honestly, I’ll tell anybody … Pizza Hut crust can stand up with pretty much anybody’s pizza crust,” he says.

For Spina, the menu direction is all about nostalgia. “I’m Italian, but I’m Italian-American. I used to get sent to school with spaghetti sandwiches. That’s all I eat,” he says. “I’m a red sauce guy, and that’s what I really wanted to focus on.”

Jennifer Zyman

photos by Andrew Thomas Lee