Creating original recipes in the kitchen has always come naturally to Brighton resident Richard Williamson, which is what led the Brighton High School alumnus to open up his own pizza shop with wife, Jennifer.
Using his culinary talent to create their own unique menu filled with a variety of pizza styles, Wacky Willies is also the home of sniglets, Williamson's own original creation which has quickly become the restaurants trademark.
Sniglets, otherwise known as “little balls of heaven,” are fat rolls of pizza dough stuffed with a mixture of meats, vegetables and “other good stuff."
"We keep the rest of it a secret," Williamson said with a grin. "But really it just took the right balance of the right cheese, the right bread and high end toppings to bring it all together."
While some of the ingredients are kept under wraps, Williamson admits to being asked multiple times a day about the origin of the unique menu item name.
Simply told, sniglets was family way to describe the "little morsel that's just so good." However, the name has generated so much attention, a section of the Wacky Willies website will soon become dedicated to the history and naming of the sniglet.
Moving in to their new location at 1013 E. Grand River last month, the owners of Wacky Willies are determined to bring their unique menu filled with fresh ingredients to the community they grew up in and where they now choose to raise their children in.
"Everything here is really high end, so our goal coming in to town wasn't to be the cheapest, it was to be the best," Williamson said.
Wacky Willies is open Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Delivery is available, for more information, call 810-229-9949.