At age 14, Michael Kidd and Cristopher Malita worked side-by-side at a local pizzeria and dreamed about what they might do differently if they owned one themselves. Today, more than 10 years later, they put their ideas into practice at Pudgies Eatery. The pair builds each pizza on a handmade crust rendered more flavorful by a special blend of rosemary and spices. Their roster of specialty pies includes the Pulled Pudgie pizza with barbecue sauce, pulled pork, cheddar, and onion, as well as the chicken bacon ranch pizza with white sauce and tomatoes. Instead of pitching them into a catcher's glove, the cooks toss chicken wings into housemade sauces ranging in flavor from Mississippi mustard and garlic parmesan to hot teriyaki. The kitchen team rounds out the menu with sub sandwiches stuffed with philly steak or meatballs and soft, fresh baked cinnamon rolls.
In addition to a sensory-stimulating spread of Asian and American buffet fare, Royal Buffet & Grill offers a full menu of Chinese classics. At the hibachi grill, an accommodating chef slices and dices dishes to your liking, whether square, saucer, or obtuse-isosceles shaped. Adults pay $6.95 for the lunch buffet, $10.95 for dinner, and $5.50 to $7.99 for standalone entrees. Children under 3 eat for free and wicked witches trapped under houses can eat leftovers if they behave.
Situated on a scenic stretch of the Cuyahoga River, Piatto Novo offers an upscale dining experience with a refined, plentifully stocked dinner menu. Tantalizing meals are prepared by executive chef Roger Thomas, who has been working at restaurants since the ripe age of 16, crafting delectable dishes that make diners feel like freshly squeezed lemonade. Lasso tongues with tasty pastas such as the fettuccini Barese ($11 half, $20 full) with sausage, broccoli, caramelized onions, and asiago, or opt for a rib-sticking main course such as the pork-rib chop ($25) or chicken arrosto with lemon confit, fingerling potatoes, and olive sauce ($21). Top off body fuel tanks with the soft sweetness of crème brûlée ($8), or finish the evening with a perfectly prepared martini that’ll make dining feel as pleasantly vaporous and fuzzy as a dream of a hot-air-balloon ride with a sentient puff of cotton candy.
What sets the Hungry Howie’s menu apart from other pizza parlors, other than its complete lack of profanity, is the eight flavored-crust options that inject life into the formerly discarded pizza part. If you’re allergic to life, inject butter, onion, butter cheese, ranch, Cajun spices, garlic herb, or sesame instead. Keep thinking outside the pizza box by loading your flavorful crust with specialty pizza innards, such as the Philly cheese and steak ($12.99 for a medium), the Howie Maui (ham, smoked bacon, and pineapple, $12.99 for medium), and the bacon-cheddar cheeseburger ($12.99 for medium). DIY diners, on the other hand, can opt for a medium 12-inch pizza for $8.49 and add their own toppings for an additional $1.50 each. Howie's also serves up tasty wings (10 for $6.99), salads (try a small Greek for $4.99), calzone-style subs ($6.99), and Howie bread, which comes in original ($3.49), three-cheeser ($4.99), Cajun ($3.49), and sticky-sweet cinnamon ($3.49). Prices vary from location to location, so there might be some small variation from what is listed above.
Fat Billy's pizza-crafting professionals sate hungry hoards with an extensive menu of saucy spheres, meaty entrees, and dough-swaddled sandwiches. Muffle the moans of stomach-dwelling teenaged turtles with a starter of breaded mushrooms ($2.99) before tongue diving into a cheese pizza ($5.99 small, $11.99 extra large)—customizable with an array of toppings ($.99–$2.99 each)—or one of the many specialty pies ($9.99 small, $15.99 extra large), such as the philly cheesesteak or the barbecue-soused baja chicken.
It's all in the name at Pronto Casual Italian, where the kitchen staff puts a fresh spin on fast food. Every day before customers arrive, the cooks are busy preparing New York?style thin-crust pizzas, stromboli, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken parmesan, and breadsticks. The results of their hard work are then displayed before their patrons, who pass by behind a glass divider and customize their meals with the point of a finger.