For decades, the dedicated pizza purveyors behind Magpies have woven together appealing pies that burst at their dough-seams with ingredients made fresh on-site every day. The expansive menu presents an appetizing array of options. Specialty pies—such as the Godfather, which manages a tightly knit family of mozzarella, swiss, cheddar, and romano cheeses and a meaty gang of Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, and capicola ($2.99 slice, $14.99 12", $17.99 14", and $20.99 16")—carry out quick, efficient digestive hits. Culinary constructioneers, meanwhile, can design their own doughy disc ($2.99 per slice, $10.99 12", $12.99 14", $14.99 16"). Starting with a foundation of New York–style regular, wheat, or crispy-sourdough crust, add a decorative daub of fresh sauce such as house red, tomato pesto, or barbecue sauce. From there, add on cheeses, veggies, and meats (extra ingredients cost $0.50 per slice, $1.49 each for 12", $1.79 each for 14", and $1.99 each for 16")—or indulge your mad scientist by piling together anchovies, fresh cilantro, pineapple, piñon nuts, and feta cheese and then bringing it to life during an electrical storm.
Dry River Company welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, blanketing bellies in enduring warmth with specialties such as steaming cups of gourmet coffee and oven-fresh Neapolitan-style pizza. Chore-determined early birds can munch on hearty bacon and egg breakfast sandwiches ($3.50), and half-dozing dreamers can fall softly and sweetly into dreams of cupcakes ($3.50) and fluffy bowls of steel-cut oatmeal ($2.95). A nibblepropriate antipasto plate of Italian meat, cheeses, and marinated vegetables ($11) preps palates for full-grown mouthfuls of caprese salads ($7) and soppresatta and salami sandwiches ($8). If you like your food the way you like your action- movie subplots—stretched thin—try one of Dry River's prided Neapolitan-style pizzas ($10), which come in tasty varieties including margherita, pesto, and potato. Fresh pasta is available after 5 p.m., when it's released from its job at the edible wig-making company.
Characterized by its simplicity and uncanny resemblance to Sophia Loren, Neapolitan pizza is made with the freshest and healthiest ingredients—including ripe tomato sauces, homemade mozzarella cheese, and your choice of high-quality toppings—and then baked in a wood-fired brick oven and served crispy and piping hot. Vero Amore is one of the few VPN-certified establishments to serve the authentic Neapolitan pie, owing to super-owner brothers Aric and Joshua Mussman’s training at the world-renowned Verace Pizza Napoletana academy in Naples in 2006. Keep it simple with the classic margherita pizza ($9.50–$10), sample a smokier savory with the pizza anima with andouille sausage ($11–$12), or dine with a Medici's opulence and order the pizza lussuria's mélange of genoa salami, garlic, and crushed red peppers ($10.50–$11). Vero Amore's menu also offers a variety of Italian appetizers and entrees. The prosciutto caprese salad ($9.50–$10) and steamed clams in a garlic white-wine sauce ($13) are sure to delight pizza cynics and college freshmen alike. Finish off your Tour de Naples with homemade panna cotta ($5.50) or a chocolate-chip cookie baked in the brick oven and served with ice cream (both $5.50).
Surrounded by vistas of the rising foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the only view more impressive at Anthony’s in the Catalinas than the one from the window is its trophy wall. Among its accolades, Anthony’s counts the Award of Excellence from DiRoNA—the Distinguished Restaurants of North America—and the AAA Four Diamond Award. The restaurant has its chefs to thank for these awards, who tirelessly craft hand-made sausages, slice tender beef medallions, and roast duckling until its buttery and crispy. A pair of experienced sommeliers cultivate a collection of more than 1,700 wines from around the world, a feat which garnered the restaurant the Grand Award from Wine Spectator. The fine beverages reside in the restaurant's underground cellar, which customers can tour if they say one of the magic words “please” or “shazam.”