Sausage. Pepperoni. Extra cheese. And a Kansas Jayhawks logo? Yep, the people at Pizza Prints have taken toppings to a whole new level. Now you can root on your alma mater during March Madness with more than a giant foam finger and faded sweatshirt.

Pizza Prints are the latest creation from the people who invented Edible Image decorations for cakes. They’ve taken the technology for putting pictures on party confections and applied it to a different type of pie.

“Once people see that the big brother is Edible Images on birthday cakes, they get it,” says Andy Sachs, national account manager for Pizza Prints. “This is for parties and football games. It’s to celebrate your college on game day.”

The designs are made of starches and edible food colors. The ultra-thin images are peeled from their backings and laid on top of an already cooked and sliced pizza. In about 30 to 45 seconds, the image melds with the melted cheese. The company says Pizza Prints toppings won’t affect the flavor of the food (unless, of course, the team is losing).

“One of the most important things we realized is that if you ruin the integrity of a pizzeria’s pizza, you will never earn their trust,” Sachs says.

Currently, Pizza Prints are available in several hundred restaurants across the U.S., but Sachs hopes to work with major chains including Papa John’s -- the official pizza sponsor of March Madness -- Domino's and Pizza Hut

Pizza Prints will be available online and at party supply stores in the near future as well. The company has licensed the logos for all 30 NBA teams, WWE images, and characters from the Nickelodeon family, including Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Pizza Prints has logos for about 100 colleges, but March Madness fans shouldn’t worry too much if their school isn’t available just yet. Sachs, a graduate of Ithaca College, feels your pain.

“I don’t think the Bombers will be at the top of our list," he says, "but we’re absolutely expanding.”

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Gordon Hayward doesn’t know why people are shaking their heads at the news that he and Utah Jazz teammate Jeremy Evans ate at Olive Garden last weekend.

"I knew people were hating, but I don't know what's wrong with Olive Garden, to be honest," Hayward told the Deseret News.

There’s nothing wrong with Olive Garden.

If there was, there wouldn’t be more than 700 locations nationwide. It’s Italian food for people who don’t know what real Italian food is. And there’s a place for that.

But not if you’re Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans. And not when you’re in Manhattan. The duo ate at the chain restaurant last Sunday when in town to play the Knicks. Since Hayward doesn’t get it, I’m going to lay out why people like myself are “hating” on his dining choice.

There are dozens of authentic Italian restaurants within walking distance, and hundreds just a short cab ride away. Eating at Olive Garden in New York City is like eating at Panda Express in Chinatown. When you have the very best a stone’s throw away, why settle for inferior franchise replicas?

Hayward tweeted that they had to wait for 40 minutes to get a table. So not only did they pass up better options, but they stood in line to get it! Why? One of the reasons was because Olive Garden is “cheap.” Now I’m all for saving your money, but Hayward and Evans will combine to make roughly $3.3M this season. The maddening part is that they don’t have to spend a dime of that to have a nice meal. NBA players are given a per diem of over $100 to cover meals and incidental expenses for each day of a road trip. [Editor's Note: And for those who have been to the Olive Garden in Times Square, it is decidedly not cheap.]

Hayward is from Brownsburg, Indiana. Evans grew up in Crossett, Arkansas. Not exactly foodie destinations. In fact, neither city even has an Olive Garden. So it’s easy to understand why they love the endless salad and breadsticks.

But I don’t think Hayward and Evans will really understand why people were outraged until they try some real Italian food. I can’t afford to fly them to Florence in the off-season, but I can take them out to dinner. And here in Los Angeles where Chompions is headquartered, we have our share of fine authentic Italian restaurants. So consider this an open invitation. The Jazz travel to Los Angeles on April 5.


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When Barry Bonds craves a burger, he doesn't just visit his local bar and grill. Instead he heads over to Petrossian in West Hollywood -- a Parisian caviar boutique and restaurant.

On his first visit to Petrossian, whose young new chef Giselle Wellman is the subject of some buzz in the LA food scene, Bonds asked whether the burger was any good.

The waiter made him an offer: If it wasn't to his liking, Bonds would get the $18 burger for free, but if he enjoyed it, he'd have to pay double. Bonds agreed, and the prime beef burger, slathered in 2-year aged cheddar, cippollini jam, bacon, chilies and arugula, passed muster with him. The restaurant didn't actually charge him double, but he paid up anyway and soon came back for a second helping.

So is Bonds a snooty foodie for eating his burgers at a caviar joint? Or is he down to earth for ordering a burger in a place with $390 caviar on the menu?

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