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Selected restaurants

This article was published November 15, 2012 at 3:53 a.m.

— Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline. com/restaurants.

DAMGOODE PIES

2701 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 664-2239; 6706 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 664-2239; 10720 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 664-2239

This friendly multioutlet eatery produces terrific signature pies with four sauce options: traditional red, pesto, white (ricotta, parmesan, olive oil) and pink (red/white combo) in two sit-down locations and one to-go/delivery operation.

Lunch, dinner daily. (Rodney Parham location is carryout/delivery only.) Beer, wine. Bargain.

GUSANO’S CHICAGO-STYLE PIZZERIA

313 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 374-1441

This congenial and recently renovated sports bar might be best known as a somewhat raucous River Market watering hole, but the Chicago-style pizza, sandwiches and salads are quite satisfactory.

Lunch, dinner daily. Full bar. Reservations. Bargainmoderate.

IRIANA’S

201 E. Markham St., Little Rock, (501) 374-3656

Iriana’s continues to be a contender for the state’s best pizza, and also serves simple salads and grinders and Paisano chianti in its casual, friendly downtown digs.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Beer, wine. Bargain.

LARRY’S PIZZA

801 S. Bowman Road, Little Rock, (501) 400-8260; 12th and Center streets, Little Rock, (501) 372-6004; 12911 Cantrell Road, Little Rock (501) 224-8804; 5933 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, (501) 812-5353; 4500 Arkansas 5 North, Bryant, (501) 847-5003

At this burgeoning chain, founded by entrepreneur Larry White, most of the pizzas don’t even make it to the pizza-and-salad buffet; servers carry the pies — traditional (pepperoni), specialty (including Steak Alfredo and Cheeseburger) and dessert (including peach, chocolate, berry and apple) — to tables, dropping off slices as they go.

Bowman: lunch, dinner daily; downtown: lunch Mon-Fri; Cantrell Road and John F. Kennedy Boulevard: lunch, dinner daily; Bryant: lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Bargain.

U.S. PIZZA

2710 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 663-2198; 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 664-7071; 9300 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 224-6300; 3307 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 565-6580; 3324 Pike Ave., North Little Rock, (501) 758-5997; 4001 McCain Park, North Little Rock, (501) 753-2900; 5524 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, (501) 975-5524; 650 Edgewood Drive, Maumelle, (501) 851-0880; 8403 Arkansas 107, Sherwood, (501) 992-1512

Day-in, day-out throngs at all locations generate a din of happy chatter and plenty of brand loyalty for the steady quality of the thin-crust pizzas.

Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine (full bar at Hillcrest and JFK Boulevard locations, beer only at Mc-Cain). Bargain-moderate.

VINO’S PIZZA PUB & BREWERY

923 W. Seventh St., Little Rock, (501) 375-8466

Vino’s continues to dish up some of the best pizzas in town, hand-shaped the old-fashioned way, plus delicious calzones and several new sandwiches, along with flavorful beers and ales brewed on the premises.

Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine. Reservations (very large groups). Bargainmoderate.

Weekend, Pages 40 on 11/15/2012

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