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.
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.
Bonello's New York Pizza isn?t located on the east coast, but that doesn?t mean the chefs can't whip up a mean New York-style pie. The secret to Bonello's pizzas is not just in the sauce?much less sweet than variations served on the west coast or in Candyland?, but also in the kitchen's secret herb blend, which is sprinkled onto each hand-tossed and stretched crust before it is slid inside an authentic stone oven. When it emerges minutes later, the pizza is thin, crispy, and light, qualities that earned the eatery a place on CBS Locals list of the top 10 pizzerias in the area. And even though pizzas are the main focus at Bonello's, the chefs also craft creamy pasta dishes and 18 hot and cold submarine sandwiches.