Chef Ross Siragusa grew up in the Italian section of Chicago learning the ins-and-outs of Italian-American cooking. He has recreated those recipes and many others over the years, treating guests to his homestyle cooking at Siragusa?s. Inside the eatery?s kitchen, pork shanks slow roast for Grandpa Tom?s osso buco, and grilled chicken breasts dress up in a gorgonzola cream sauce. Guests can double the flavor and treat themselves to the combination plate?s half orders of sweet potato gnocchi and veal parmesan, or lasagna and cappellini with pesto. Sandwiches and pizzas are also on the menu, and any of the dishes can be eaten at the eatery?s two locations or catered for a party celebrating a birthday or graduation from traffic school.
Este Pizzeria’s sign bears an unmistakable resemblance to those found at New York subway stations—a fitting image for a pizzeria that slices up East Coast–style pies. The oversize, thin-crust triangles bear toppings as varied as ham, fresh basil, and housemade vegan meatballs. Their selection of 13 specialty pizzas includes entirely vegan disks as well as the Clay, a heaping of meatballs, pepperoni, ham, and sausage. In typical New York fashion, diners can also opt for strombolis and calzones and are permitted to yell, “I’m walkin’ here!” at other patrons when exiting the restaurant.
You're probably thinking, "That sounds great, but I've never bought a car or a computer without first reading the Wikipedia definitions for car and computer—I'm not about to buy a Groupon either without a briefing." Well, neither would we, and since this is everyone's first Groupon, allow us to briefly explain how it works.
The menu boasts pizzas made with fresh dough and non-traditional sauces, with predetermined specialty combinations for those reaching for their blankies when faced with the daunting task of choosing from over 20 toppings. Specialty pies are grouped by sauce, including original red, such as the Yellowstone (cheese, Canadian bacon, and pineapple), white garlic, such as the Pikes Peak (cheese, pepperoni, ground Italian sausage, sliced mushrooms, ripe black olives, tomatoes, and green onions), and others, such as the Evergreen (pesto sauce, cheese, artichoke hearts, sliced zucchini, black olives, tomatoes, green onions, and chopped garlic). A large specialty pizza is $18.35.
Owners Zach and Miranda Barnard built Z Pizzeria and Café on a foundation of creating tongue-tantalizing dishes from scratch. Tasty sandwiches and salads, specialty pies with bulging crusts ($6.29–$18.39), and caffeinated drinks pepper the menu. The Buffalo-chicken pizza galvanizes gullets with sterling toppings of feta cheese, Louisiana hot sauce, and a side of bleu cheese or ranch. Since meats taste better in triumvirates, try the Valente for a sausage, salami, and pepperoni empire ruling a garlic-white-sauce senate, or save room for the hero sandwich ($6.99), which uses ham, turkey, and salami to remove the hunger dangling from your stomach's branches. Since eating pizza for breakfast may transform diners into Foghat-worshiping college freshmen, snag a veggie frittata ($7.99) from the brunch menu and pair it with a slow-riding Utah-style scone ($1.49).
Visitors will find something new at Nuch’s! Nuch’s Pizzeria and Restaurant is a family owned establishment and is dedicated to providing the freshest food made from local products and the culinary garden on the property. Owners Heath and Debi want everyone to enjoy their flavors and have provided gluten free options and welcome special requests when needed. If stopping by for lunch, guests can enjoy special recipes like the Pumpkin Pie Pizza or Nuch’s House Sandwich. On the dinner menu, visitors will find delectable items such as the pizza topped with Canadian bacon and pineapple, or they can try The New Haven pizza which consists of Yukon gold mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, bacon and asparagus. Vegetarians will be delighted with several choices of veggie calzones, while meat lovers will rejoice with the Calzone di Carne, filled with at least five different types of flavorful meat. Located just off I-80, visitors will find a welcoming stop for lunch or dinner at Nuch’s Pizzeria and Restaurant.