Gianni’s

725 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey 649-1500, giannispizzamonterey.com

Heavy metal love anthems have been written about pepperoni. OK, maybe not, but if Def Leppard had tasted Gianni’s they might have written a pepperoni serenade or two. Purists stop there but adventurous pizzatarians might opt for the pesto di mare with pesto and shrimp, or the Siciliana oreganitta with anchovies and herbs. And for family-friendly points they offer the “big wheel,” split in four distinct pizza sections to cover the varying taste buds at the table. Any which way you slice it, this melding of dough, sauce and cheese is a regular readers’ favorite.