Guarino's crafts flavorful stone-oven-baked pizza from hand-tossed, fresh dough bedecked with house-made sauce. The restaurant's crusty canvasses—available in ranch, Cajun, parmigiana, and garlic-butter flavors—serve as the ideal medium for creative connoisseurs perfecting customized mozzarella masterpieces ($8.95/medium, plus $1 per topping). Patrons can also choose from specialty pies, such as the roasted-garlic shrimp pizza topped with a host of edible ornaments, including sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil ($17.95). Guarino's slings a variety of Italian entrees and hot and cold sandwiches, such as the foot-long chicken parmigiana hoagie ($6.95) and the smaller-than-a-breadbox cuban panini, a meaty mound of salami, ham, pork, and swiss cheese ($6.95). Delivery and dine-in options nourish on-the-go noshers and garlic-immune vampires alike.
Lonzalos Pizzeria & Ristorante borrowed the name of the one-time foreman of the Starkey Ranch, Lonzalo “Lonnie” Cannon, whose work ethic and Italian origins inspired the eatery’s culture. The man himself still resides in north Florida at the ripe old age of 95, not too far away to visit owner Scott Cochrane’s homage to his life.
The pizzeria serves regular, deep-dish, and stuffed pies, but also delves extensively into traditional Italian cookery, combining choice pieces of meat and seafood with rich sauces and pasta. The rich scent of cheese and wine wafts through the dining room, though visitors can opt instead to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and potential UFO sightings of alfresco dining on the outdoor patio. The indoor space transforms into a late-night comedy venue on the second Saturday of each month at 10 p.m., hosting a rotating cast of funny-bone ticklers.
At the age of 13, Rosario Fierro created his first pasta dish. The Napoli-born chef continued studying Italian culinary traditions as he grew up, eventually taking over the kitchen at Villa Verde Café. He pairs baby clams with freshly cut fettuccine noodles, covers sliced eggplant with his own marinara sauce, and works chicken, artichoke, and cheese inside homemade spinach ravioli. Chef Rosario also gladly takes off-menu requests from patrons, as long as his kitchen has the necessary ingredients and the request has been authorized by a notary public. Out in the dining room, flames flicker in the brick fireplace, and paintings of the countryside hang above tables.
Since 1970, the chefs at Luigi's Pizza have concocted a menu of Italian specialties and fresh pizza pies. During Luigi's dinner for two, guests can work out a shared custody agreement for appetizers such as creamy mozzarella sticks or succulent fried mushrooms. Customizable toppings such as fresh garlic, sausage, and olives embellish 14-inch large pizzas tossed with dough picked fresh each day from a nearby pizza tree, and specialty pies such as the white pizza with basil, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese makes bellies purr with sauce-less bliss. Cheese ravioli and fettucini alfredo sate intense pasta hankerings, and shrimp parmigiana stocks puppeteers with enough shrimp to stage a shrimp puppet show right at the table. Glasses of tender-leaf iced tea or fountain drinks perform hydration services, but sippers can also wet whistles with a glass of draught Killians or a bottled domestic brew.
San’s delectable menu bursts with a medley of homemade thin crust pizzas, piping pastas, and hearty sandwiches crafted with fresh ingredients. Dinner DJs hand-hurl each pie sky-high upon your order, slathering it in scratch-made sauce, a rich blend of cheeses, and tantalizing toppings including house-made meatballs, artichokes, eggplant, and feta ($1.95+ / slice, $7.50+ / pie). Silence trilling tummies with specialty pizzas, such as the rail-thin Cara’s Crispino sprinkled with tomato, basil, garlic, and balsamic ($2.50 / slice, $18.95 / 16’’x16’’), or the Balls of Fire pizza, a pizza topped with cheese and pizza sauce combined with a special hot sauce, meatballs, jalapeno and crushed red peppers ($18.95 / 18" large). Homemade manicotti ($10.95) and lasagna ($10.75 for cheese, $11.75 for beef) soak in flavorsome lochs of house marinara, and a bevy of hot and cold sandwiches ably sate bun enthusiasts ($5–$8.75).
Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a Tuscan Six-Cheese or Garden Fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.