Growing up in SW mich. in the 60's,pizza to me was Pizza Hut and the few independent pizza's around weren't very good.Then Mama Mortarano's opened in Watervliet and introduced me to the wonderful world of quality pizza.She moved to St. Joseph,Mi. and made the same wonderful pizza till she closed about 10 yrs ago(?).She used some kind of pepperoni that was in thicker rectangular "slabs" on the pie and her sauce had a sweet ingredient that I've been trying to find for yrs without success.
DonC, you bring to mind some fond, old memories for me of some great pizzas in SW Michigan that are no longer around. I, too, use to love Mama Mortorano's in Watervliet and watched her many times cutting the pizzas with those long special pizza sissors. After she left town, we occasionally went to her ex-husband' place in Coloma, Papa Mortorano's, but it was never as good as his wife's pizza. Mama Cupani's was good for many years, too, until she closed. She made her own great pepperoni that was put on pizzas in clumps much like normal Italian sausage was. To me her's was the best pepperoni in the world.
Now that area has no decent pizza. And the PH there is terrible. But with the new Indian Casino opening this summer between Watervliet and Hartford, there are many new food places and restaurants being started to get some of the passing business there. Hopefully, a decent pizza place will be among them.
GFS in Benton Harbor has 6 in 1's, but in the larger cans, unfortunately.