Palio’s Pizza Café may boast multiple locations, but the cuisine is unique to each kitchen. The restaurant’s chefs commit to serving specialty pizzas on handmade dough, crafted from high-protein, red-bran wheat. They top this crust with all-natural marinara and pizza sauces, real mozzarella cheese, and farm-fresh produce. The blending of fine ingredients produces some classic and more unusual pies, ranging from a meat lover’s with four staple pizza proteins to a pie that combines roasted flavors of poultry and cashews.
Of course, the restaurant’s commitment to quality doesn’t end with their food. They also invest time in making community events special. They regularly participate in fundraisers for high-school bands, charities such as the Arthritis Foundation, and local Scout troupes and chicken coops.
Thirty years of experience in French and Italian cooking helped Samee seamlessly transition into the ownership role at Samee’s Pizza Getti in June 2012. His menu ranges from traditional pizzas to entrees of his own devising, such as shrimp champagne tostini and Salmon Milan, a dish with sautéed salmon on top of crispy flash-fried spinach topped with creamy lemon dill sauce. Patrons can also sip cocktails such as the house made peach Bellini— happy hour every day from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., or before belting out a medieval ballad about mead on karaoke night.
At Rosati's, specialty pizzas cavort with traditional pastas across a sprawling smorgasbords of a menu featuring classic Italian dishes. Equipped with a family recipe more than a century old, the pie personnel spin Chicago-style deep-dish disks ($10.99 for a 12"; $17.99 for an 18") with chunky tomato sauce and deliciously gooey cheese slathered upon a buttery, pan-cooked thick crust. Unlike horror films starring frozen vegetables, the Rosati's Monster pizza ($17.55 for a 12"; $29.05 for an 18") terrifies hunger pangs thanks to its hearty ensemble cast of 11 toppings, including ground beef and canadian bacon. Engage grub receptacles with the baked mostaccioli ($7.75), a mozzarella-infused Old World pasta dish, or impress a geologist with the complex layers of homemade baked lasagna ($7.50). Buffalo wings come decked out in hot, mild, or BBQ dressing, while the garden salad combines mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, and green peppers into an herbivore's delight.
Pietro’s has baked hand-tossed New York–style pizza, calzones, and hot sandwiches in a stone gas oven for more than 30 years, each hand-crafted from secret Sicilian family recipes. Oven-baked steak and cheese sandwiches taunt tasteless rulers with 12 inches of deliciousness ($7.99), and three-cheese spinach calzones turn and fold the doughtables on regular pizzas ($6.49). The eatery employs 100 percent whole milk mozzarella in the construction of each specialty pie, such as the Hawaiian luau pizza, a festive mouth mingler with juicy pineapple and baked ham in a bubbling blanket of mozzarella cheese ($15.99 for a 14”; $19.99 for an 18”). Patrons are also free to itemize pizza by the slice, minimizing leftovers and risk of marinara audits.
The Pizza Guy deems dough ready to metamorphose into pizza only after it sits for 48 hours, affording yeast ample time to produce a rich taste and texture. During its 14 years in business, the eatery's allegiance to delivering high-quality pies has touched all layers of its Italian assemblage, from the Stanislaus tomato sauce that glazes the crust to the Grande cheese sprinkled thereupon. In addition to jumbo hot wings, the menu delineates 11 specialty pies, including the Hawaiian and the spinach alfredo. Diners can also design their own pizzas by pulling from more than 20 toppings and thick, thin, or hand-tossed crusts. The Pizza Guy delivers, preps pies for carryout, or keeps them shrink-wrapped in pans so customers can take them home and give a jaded Easy-Bake Oven something to savor.
Greenville Avenue Pizza Company stays open until 3 a.m. seven days a week, folding and tossing specialty pizzas, wings, and calzones. A monthly wing-eating contest tests the stomach's limits and taste buds' patience by making them work overtime, though the reward is in each bite; wings can be coated in any of the pizzeria's specialty sauces, ranging from hot or mild to lemon pepper and orange chipotle. Piping-hot pizza comes by the slice or whole pie, with specialties such as the greek pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, feta, pepperoncini, and green olives. More in league with the way home dining rooms feel than how typical pizza parlors are set up, the restaurant’s interior lets diners lounge on padded chairs and benches featuring wrought-iron embellishments as they gather amid displays of art and tables long enough to seat whole families, teams, or all your Canadian girlfriends.