Buddy's Pizza has opened its 11th restaurant and largest location yet at Fountain Walk in Novi, occupying an 8,000-square-foot corner space near Dick's Sporting Goods, facing 12 Mile Road.
Lavishly decorated in retro colors, Detroit paraphernalia and wall-sized photos from Buddy's early days, the restaurant seats more than 200 guests. It includes a private event space called the Bocci Room, adjoining the main dining room, and a spacious bar separated from the dining area by a half wall. Carryout orders can be picked up at a separate side entrance.
Buddy's began serving square, Sicilian-style pizzas in 1946 at Buddy's Rendezvous on Conant Street in Detroit and has been listed in numerous national "best pizza" lists.
The Novi location opened Oct. 23 with temporarily reduced hours but on Saturday begins its normal schedule: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.