To keep the peace, families gathered at dinner usually avoid divisive topics, such politics, religion, and which toppings to order on a pizza. Primos Pizza prides itself on removing this last difficulty with its all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, from which each individual can select his or her preferred slices. This commitment to accommodating families is rivaled only by its decade-long culinary quest to serve the highest-quality pies. Since the original Primos Pizza opened in Boise, its chefs have made strides to focus not just on the quantity of its pizza, but on its quality. A collaboration with Pendleton Flour Mills in Oregon has helped them create a unique dough recipe, which they then dust with a special blend of spices and fresh 100% mozzarella cheese.
Extreme Pizza is not your run-of-the-mill, ma-and-pa pizza shop. Here, the cooks pile their house-baked crusts with a slew of uncommon combinations, including the ginger-peanut-sauce-marinated chicken strewn across the Kickin’ Chicken pizza, which is also topped with peanuts, green onions, swiss, fontina, mozzarella, and fresh cilantro. The Paia Pie may seem standard with pineapple and Canadian bacon, but the addition of mandarin oranges and its mozzarella-cheddar blend make it more unique than a unicorn with two horns. As an alternative to the pies, freshly baked calzones, creatively loaded salads, monster subs, and chicken wings also populate the menu.
At Franco's NY Style Pizzeria, pizza comes by the slice or in 14- or 18-inch pies, from basic cheese slices to specialty Bronco pies (with mozzarella, buffalo chicken, and blue-cheese crumbles). Any of the specialty pizzas can be stuffed and transformed into their less understood but equally tasty cousin, the calzone. Meatball, chicken-parmesan, and sausage-and-pepper subs round out the menu.
The sound of jingling arcade games. The jostling of bumper cars. The smiling horses of a carousel. The sights and sounds of childhood abound at Pojos Family Fun Center, where games and rides have been helping kids make life-long memories since 1974. Whether they're coming for a birthday party of just spending a Saturday afternoon together, families can enjoy themselves with the center's timeless (and affordable) all-ages attractions. After a hard day of play, they can even retreat to Pojos' Carousel Caf?, where cooked-to-order pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches recharge even the most depleted of human batteries.
Dinner prep happens only once a month for customers of Dinner Thyme Solution. Each month, customers choose an assembly day, during which they arrive to the company's marigold-and-burgundy colored space to craft 12 family-sized entrees in just two hours. The ingredients for these dinners have all been prepped and chopped; all one has to do is put them all together. And though they're working from prescribed recipes, they can customize each meal to their family's taste, skipping over anything too spicy or adding extra garlic to aid in post-dinner games of Keep Away. Families pack their dinners up and once home, refrigerate or freeze them. Cooking instructions are simple and available online. The menu includes nutritional info and rotates monthly.
Every day, Asiago's kitchen staff crafts fettuccine, gnocchi, and linguine in-house to form the basis of their Old World–inspired pasta dishes. These dishes share menu real estate with made-to-order entrees spotlighting flavorful italian cheeses, fresh herbs, and succulent cuts of meat, poultry, and seafood. The chefs also strive to accommodate special diets, purging their food of everything from carbs and gluten to the color orange.
Old World inspiration infuses the restaurant’s decor as well. Early 20th century posters hang on the dining room’s exposed-brick walls, and Italian tile floors glisten beneath an aged plaster mural of the iconic boot-shaped geography of Italy.