At Pie-tanza, chefs slide Neapolitan-style pies into wood-fired ovens, along with assembling traditional Italian fare subs, and giant salads. With 35 toppings ($1.49 each), including pine nuts, pancetta, and fontina, diners can decorate a 12-inch pizza in countless fashions ($9.69) or select from specialty pies such as onion and gorgonzola pizza ($11.99). Meanwhile, nine pasta dishes such as the twice-baked meat lasagna ($11.99) fill the dining room with rich scents and 13 subs, sandwiches, and wraps keep hands from compulsively slapping their owner's cheeks. Customers celebrating a birthday or hosting a seminar can also count on Pie-tanza to cater their event with fare such as baked ziti ($44 for a half pan) and goat cheese salad ($46 for a large bowl).
Pronounced “AH-beets,” Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza sets itself apart from more familiar pie prototypes with a crunchy yet chewy, stone oven-cooked crust, irregular shape, and massive size. Combining their roots in fine dining with a dedication to fresh and simple Italian cuisine, Pete’s chefs make the gluten-free pizza crust in-house each day and top pies with savory sauce and locally-sourced toppings that are farm-fresh, organic, or made in house. Their artisan approach means that each apizza emerges with its own imperfectly round shape, primarily served in 18-inch whole pies, single slices, or doughy maps of ancient Greek city-states.
Pete’s menu also encompasses wheat- and egg-based pastas including goat cheese and basil ravioli, homemade lasagna, and spaghetti Bolognese. The fortress of feasting also channels the vibes of a neighborhood bar with a variety of draft and bottled beers, eclectic décor, and oven doors that bark out patrons’ names when they walk through the door.
For more than 35 years, Cafe Italia has served Italian dishes and carefully chosen wines under its shingled rooftop. Lunch and dinner entrees include crispy personal-sized pizzas, spaghetti with house-made tomato sauce, and steamed mussels. Chefs bake all bread in-house to accompany entrees such as the signature veal osso buco dish of tender veal shanks simmered in wine sauce and autographed by the chef.
Inside the dining area, hardwood floors support tables dressed in red or white cloths, and an enclosed patio overlooking the sidewalk lets diners drink in fresh air. Live music performances including acoustic guitar and piano and saxophone duets entertain diners every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday evening.
American Flatbread makes its game-changing flatbread foundation using organic flour, which is topped with a fresh, locally grown assortment of veggies, meats, and cheeses. Each one is generally big enough for two moderate eaters or one hungry hippo. The tasty flatbread pizzas are born and blazed inside a primitive, wood-fired oven, giving them a delicious crunch and primal taste signature.
Pizza Boli's dough-slingers craft decadent yet trans fat–free pizzas with more than 20 classic and unusual ingredients. Build-your-own pizzas ($9.99+) drape themselves in coverings ($1.25+) such as pepperoni, bacon, italian salami, and feta. The creamy flavors of a gyro sandwich ($6.99) reappear in a greek pizza ($13.99–$17.99) bearing an unexpected combination of tzatziki sauce, four cheeses, olives, and gyro meat within an unprepossessing wooden horse. The Old Bay crab pizza ($13.99+) dips into the ocean and returns topped with crabmeat, tomatoes, and spring onions, all soaking in an Old Bay–seasoned alfredo sauce. Traditional Italian takeout flavors appear elsewhere in a pair of hearty pastas ($7.75+).