You've probably tried pepperoni on your pizza, but what about pine nuts? Gyro slices? The "special toppings" list at Paparazzi Pizza encourages such experiments. Even the pies' crusts might sport touches of sesame or lemon pepper. The rest of the menu leans Mediterranean: hand-crafted hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and pita sandwiches.
The slices at Big Rock's Pizza don't rest on Italian roots. Instead, chefs incorporate ingredients that replicate the best flavors from a range of worldly cuisines. They pair slices of gyro meat with olives, onions, and spinach to mimic the flavors of Greece or layer together slices of tangy pineapple with savory ham to create a pizza-sized Hawaiian feast. The chefs aren't sticklers when it comes to combinations of flavors. Instead, they let customers create their own ideal pizza from the shop's selection of more than 15 toppings and both gluten-free and classic crusts. When it comes to side dishes, however, chefs stick to pizza parlor classics, coating giant salads with vinaigrettes, tossing wings in spicy sauces, and dishing out slices of cheesecake and tiramisu cake.
From the perfectly spiced stews to a dining room filled with woven basket tables, every detail is carefully planned to help people forget about Texas the moment they step inside Queen of Sheba Restaurant. The authentic Ethiopian dining experience begins with a traditional hand washing ceremony before guests dive into family-style trays of meat- and vegetable-laden stews simmered in ginger, garlic, and spicy pepper sauces. A crepe-like bread called injera serves as the fork and spoon when eating, and tastes better than a napkin. And as Ethiopian tradition follows, a cup of coffee concludes meals. Alternatively, chefs can call upon the culinary traditions of Italy as they coat fettuccine noodles with alfredo sauce and bake trays of chicken parmigiana.
“Buona sera, good evening and how are you?” Even after three decades, Jane and Francesco Secchi still offer the warm welcome to their customers on a daily basis. The family vibe extends to the kitchen, where son Stefano makes sure his staff prepares seafood, steaks, and pasta authentically.