CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a family-friendly buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese, resulting in more than 28 signature pizzas. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, such as cavatappi noodles with classic marinara or alfredo sauce, as well as fully customizable signature salads. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
The service is somewhere between leisurely sit down and blazingly fast, a perfect compliment to the restaurant’s middle-ground nature, though the menu definitely takes the high road. It’s full of the eats that little Italian schoolchildren dream about at the moderate prices papas and mammas sing about in the shower.
Locally owned and operated by a family with more than 25 years of restaurant experience, Inner Circle Pizza has been spinning homemade pizza dough in Austintown since 1999. Watery-mouthed patrons can quell hunger pains with Inner Circle's versatile menu of munchables, which offers a variety of specialty pizzas. Nibble on a chicken bacon ranch pizza ($7.29–$19.99) or admire the thick crust shell on a taco pizza bedecked with sausage, cheddar, mozzarella, taco seasoning, diced lettuce, tomatoes, and a side of sour cream ($3.49–$19.99) as it explodes beautifully against an unadorned wall. Inner Circle Pizza's popular jumbo wings are made fresh and lathered in one of a plethora of sauces, such as garlic ranch, parmesan garlic, teriyaki, or kamikaze—an ideal snack for watching the big game or C-SPAN's newest congressional rock opera. The vast menu also boasts barbecue ribs ($9.49 half slab, $16.99 whole slab), pulled-pork sandwiches ($5.79), Philly steak sandwiches ($5.49), and meatball subs ($5.59), as well as traditional Italian pasta dinners. Thirsty patrons can delight in the full bar, equipped with liquor, wine, and nine different draft beers for making libations to pizzeria deities.
The familial gourmands at Ange Netta’s populate a mouthwatering menu with homemade Italian and American fare. Sautéed italian greens and plum tomatoes slink between troves of penne rigate in full orders of emerald pasta ($10), and italian hot sausage and meatballs pile atop fresh ricotta and mozzarella cheeses to create heaping stacks of hearty lasagna (10). Health-conscious menu items, such as the grilled tilapia marinara ($8) and vegetable burger ($6), promote nourishing nosh fests that, much like rechargeable batteries, keep bodies moving without slowing them down.
Belleria has been slinging pies and appeasing cheesy appetites in the greater Youngstown area for more than 50 years. Although known for slathering fresh dough with a signature family-recipe sauce, the tomato tyrants at Belleria whip up a full menu of Italian favorites. Conquer a classic, custom-made pizza crowned in your choice of toppings (12" pies start at $7.75, toppings $.75–$3.25 each), or belly up to The Bella, where pepperoni and sausage shake hands with a bushel of veggies before ducking under an awning of cheese (12", $12.95). Belleria also offers a smorgasbord of sandwiches, wraps, pastas, and microprocessors for tongues and robots of all persuasions. Diners can self-satiate via dine-in or take-out modes of culinary distribution.
Vernon's Café hosts feasts of classic Italian and American dishes in a warm family atmosphere. The dinner menu is populated with hearty starters such as the steamed mussels in a white-wine-garlic-butter sauce ($7) and a selection of fresh salads ($6.50–$10.50). Try the veal marsala ($17.50)—veal medallions sautéed with marsala wine and mushrooms—or entertain the handmade jumbo cheese ravioli which, like eccentric Italian uncles, are always stuffed with ricotta and spinach and bathed in a meatball-tomato sauce ($11). The lunch menu lights flavor flares with well-seasoned plates such as a bruschetta gamberetto caprese of chopped shrimp on tuscan bread with marinated tomatoes, basil, and olive oil ($8). Forge a peace treaty over a harmonious dish of cavatelli and sausage in a classic tomato sauce ($7.50) or delight enemies with a declaration of war folded in the ciabatta bun of a chargrilled chicken sandwich with roasted peppers and provolone ($7.50).