Pepper’s Restaurant keeps locals and visitors satisfied with a hearty dinner menu of fish, meats, and pasta. At the sound of the dinnertime didgeridoo, the rainbow trout ($18.95) provides hearty satisfaction and the parmesan crusted meatloaf ($12.95) insulates stomachs against stray cannonballs. All entrees can be sided with a caesar salad, a cup of soup, or a little culinary creativity at the salad bar. A dessert of sour-cream apple pie ($4.50) or Oreo Supreme brownie ($5.50) ends the meal on a happy note no matter how often your first date loses track of his or her pet tarantula.
The last of 11 children, Mark Tomczak has a passion for prepping and serving quality cuisine that began in elementary school, when he helped his mother feed his siblings during countless baking and cooking sessions. Mark initially embarked on a career path rooted in ceramic artistry at his studio, Muddy Creek Pottery. After stints as assistant and head chef at several restaurants, however, he combined his adoration of food with his sculptural skills to shape the neapolitan pies, pastas, and abundant eats of Fresh Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta.
Swapping his kiln for a handcrafted wood-fired pizza oven imported from Italy, Mark and his team bake pizzas and daily-made bread at temperatures of up to 800 degrees, the exact temperature of steam blowing out of a cartoon man's ears. Each hunk of handmade dough arrives adorned in organic ingredients culled at least once weekly from local farms, cooperatives, granaries, creameries, and the restaurant's own garden. Mark supplements his extensive pizza portions with pastas, lunchtime sandwiches, desserts made fresh daily, and a plentitude of gluten-free dining options.
Outside The Mill Pizzeria & Pub stands a rustic sign that bears the eatery's name and a disc painted to resemble a giant pizza. The sign was clearly made by hand, perhaps to hint at the handcrafted menu of oven-baked pizzas and sandwiches sizzling just inside. Nearly all the ingredients the kitchen uses are either made by hand or delivered fresh, and each pizza and sub is prepared only once it's ordered, rather than being made ahead of time and being forced to hug each other to keep warm. A $1,000 prize is offered to any two people who complete their two-topping, 40-inch pizza eating challenge. The spartan dining room exudes a homey feel, inviting diners to pull up a chair at either the knotted burl counter or the simple wooden booth near the fireplace.
Carmel's whips together a menu of traditional Southern favorites with fresh, forward-looking ingredients fortified in cross-cuisine partnerships with locavores including Imladris Farm, Sunburst Trout Company, and Short Street Cakes. Ceremoniously cut the duct tape over a mouth to usher in the cornmeal-fried-chicken sandwich's apple-and-cheddar battering rams ($9.50), or fire up Sunday brunch with the shrimp and grits' spicy poblano pyre ($10). Evening ingesters, meanwhile, may retire to the warm incandescence of Carmel's ornate dining room to feast on savory mainstays, including the Hickory Nut Gap beef-and-mushroom jus of Carmel's meatloaf ($16).
From the vibrant tubes and slides of the multilevel FunZone playground to the squeal-inducing Tubs-of-Fun and Red Baron Bi-planes, FunStation2000's rides and games engage youngsters of all ages. As the Himalaya Rollercoaster speeds around its track, the laser-tag arena accommodates bouts between phaser-wielding teams. In the indoor batting cages, balls hurtle toward future home-run hitters and team mascots who need to practice dodging the swings of angry players. FunStation2000 continues enticing guests with a massive arcade and snack station full of treats including cheese pizzas, spicy popcorn chicken, and corn dogs.
In addition to accommodating spontaneous days of revelry, the center's staff hosts private parties, complete with game tokens, playtime, and pizza and cake served in the animal-themed party room.
With more than 30 years of dough-kneading experience, the chefs at Iannucci's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant have crafted a menu of time-tested, authentic Italian food and pizzas. Choices such as eggplant and hamburger top Iannucci's housemade dough and sauce, allowing pie lovers to build a large 16 inch or Sicilian style to their liking or to look like them. For dinner, pasta fans can quell hunger tides with the baked ziti a la joi or satiate carnivorous cravings with the veal parmigiana, each chaperoned by the pizzeria's signature breadsticks. When the time comes to celebrate a birthday, reunion, or AVP: Alien vs. Predator anniversary, patrons can ogle the catering menu to spice up the shindig with a tray of meatballs or italian sausages, meat or spinach lasagna, or a large greek, italian, or house salad.