For Gourmet Pizza Shoppe owners Bill, Don, and Scott, the standard assortment of pizza toppings isn't enough. Though pepperoni, sausage, and black olives are certainly part of its repertoire, the trio also stocks exotic ingredients such as mashed potatoes, peanut butter, and crabmeat?making a total of more than 120 toppings. Strewn across dough made fresh each day, these morsels form custom build-your-own pies or dozens of specialty pizzas, ranging from classic eggplant parmesan to the out-there Mini Pearl, loaded with country gravy, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken.
At the downtown location, taps pour out more than 20 regional microbrews, including several from Redlands brewery's Hangar 24 and Ritual. After meals, customers can request six types of dessert pizzas to adorn the tables' green-gingham tablecloths or their imaginary pet dragons' green-gingham tongues.
At Two Guys Pasta and Pizza, tomato sauce simmers on the stove for hours, while housemade pizza dough bakes in the oven until bubbly and crisp. The eatery’s from-scratch sauces and breads have earned nods from the Daily Bulletin, which hails the fresh-baked bread as “outstanding—almost a meal in itself.” Diners can also make a meal out of Two Guys’ specialty pastas and sandwiches, pairing these eats with draft beers and bottles of wine freshly tapped from the grape bush.
When Round Table Pizza closed after 20 years of operation, the community was saddened. This was the place where families would eat together on a Friday night, the place where youth sports teams would celebrate after a victory or angrily eat chicken wings after a defeat. Luckily, a new family of owners reopened the eatery to keep Round Table's legacy alive. They even rehired the same staff. In fact, the only thing that changed was the name. Now called Road House Pizza, the restaurant serves a familiar menu of pies, comforting diners with old favorites such as barbecue chicken, Hawaiian, and veggie supreme.
Wake snoozing taste buds with a hearty starter such as mozzarella suprema breadsticks adorned with natural cheese and herbs ($3.95 side; $5.95 large) before moving onto a signature fire-roasted pie. An authentic terra-cotta oven blasts RedBrick's prided circles with more than 1,000 degrees of heat, alchemically transforming their base dough into crispy gold in less than three minutes. Enjoy stationary drive-in dining with a bacon-cheeseburger pizza topped with ground beef and three kinds of cheese ($17.95 for a 14"), or graze on the veggie gourmet works, which comes loaded with a Peter Piper's worth of fresh vegetables including bell peppers, artichokes, and mushrooms, swaddled in your choice of a vegetarian red or white sauce ($17.95 for a 14"). Create-your-own pies are also available, providing palate-pleasing fill-in-the-blanks for the munching mad-libbest. Yowling sweet teeth can be silenced with a dessert of gourmet gelato or a surprise dinner visit from the dentist's wife, the librarian.
With Romanesque statues, violin instrumentals, and wafting aromas of authentic dishes, Napoli Italian Restaurant pulls out all the stops to evoke a traditional Italian dining experience. After traversing printed carpets clothed in all the hues of autumn, diners can pass around a lunch plate of bruschetta or utilize the bright-red napkins to guide bulls away from a midday plate of steaming chicken marsala. Dinner unites an international wine list with entrees that include savory veal piccata, a wide array of vegetarian baked dishes, and fettuccine twisted with succulent shrimp and scallops.
The spacious dining room's multiple bay windows cast a golden glow on monthly wine tastings and glimmer with soft moonlight during five-course dinners.
Red paper lanterns hang from Chapter Two California Kitchen's interior, illuminating a yellow dining room where American and Thai flavors collide. The fusion eatery's Heart Attack sandwich, for example, is pure Americana: country-fried steak with white sauce and grilled onions, all between two golden slabs of garlic bread. However, the menu also brims with Thai staples, from pad thai and pad see ew to jok?rice pudding with a savory twist.