According to the Tallahassee Democrat, after more than 65 years, many as co-owners, Gary and Diana "Mama" McLean contemplated closing Mom and Dad's Italian Restaurant on August 31, 2013. Today, "Mama" has partnered with another Italian restaurant family which carries on their tradition of crafting masterful versions of timeless Italian dishes. Classic toppings, such as artichoke hearts and sausage, still crown housemade thin-crust pizzas, while multiple generations continue to enjoy the spaghetti A-La-Bruzzi and lasagna. Besides feasts in-house, Mom and Dad's cooks help you create personalized meals with their take-home ingredients, including housemade loaves and mushrooms sauces.
The Navarro family, owners of Leaning Tower Pizzeria and Ristorante, has been serving up pizza, calzones, pasta, and sub sandwiches since 1994. Their selection of specialty pies includes the L.T. Special, which comes loaded with eight of their most popular toppings, and the white pizza, which maintains its porcelain complexion by skipping the tomato sauce. Sicilian pizzas boast an extra thick crust and calzones come in three sizes?lunch, dinner, and booey (for two). The menu also includes salads chock full of veggies, italian meats, or bits of cheese shaped like Vespas, as well as made-to-order garlic rolls slathered in olive oil and seasonings and a handful of new gluten-free options.
Owned by a three-generation family of women, Rosie's A Taste of Italy relies on the Old-World recipes that Grandma Rosie brought with her from Italy. Joined in the kitchen by her daughter and granddaughter, Rosie prepares fresh pizza dough and hearty sauces every day. The oven-crisped pizzas and sandwiches come with an array of toppings and fillings, including spinach, salami, and peppers. The restaurant also draws crowds with its comedy nights on Friday and Saturday evenings. During the two-hour shows, local comedians work for laughs as diners sip house wine and ponder how many lightbulbs it takes to cross the road.
After growing up in his father's pizzeria, native Italian Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco set out serve pizzas using the secret sauce and simple rules he learned from his father. Each Marco's Pizza location makes its dough fresh each morning and slathers pies with a blend of never-frozen cheeses and a red sauce that incorporates three types of vine-ripened tomatoes and imported spices. Along with its fleet of signature pies, Marco's serves up sizzling and meaty sub sandwiches, as well as spicy wings and platters of sausage and meatballs.
Extreme Wings takes taste buds to the flavor's edge with a menu featuring casual eats as well as hearty chicken offerings. As chicken wings flutter forth, vegetarians can also select fowl-free wraps or salads. Open every day until midnight, the casual eatery stands as a beacon for hungry night owls and those looking for tasty bait to lure a raccoon into a rival bobsled team’s sled.