When Buck's Pizza was founded by Lance Benton in Du Bois, Pennsylvania, in 1994, it was staffed by four people, three of whom were Lance's family members. Eventually, Buck's blossomed into a successful network of franchises across the East Coast, South, and West.
Its guests chow down on bubbly pizzas made from freshly mixed dough, Central Valley California tomatoes, and rich mozzarella cheese. Or, they sink their teeth into meaty hoagies and toasty stuffed strombolis and take swigs of homemade sweet tea.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
Forging a happy medium between the silver spoons of white-tableclothed fine dining and the greasy spoons of the neighborhood greasy spoon, Portobello’s Grill serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in both its dining room and airy outdoor patio. The dinner tuba heralds the arrival of a pair of savory fire-grilled pork chops ($17.99) or cedar-roasted salmon ($17.99) dolloped with creole lemon cream. The Grill's namesake, the grilled portobello sandwich, is a bread-bookended pile of grilled mushroom and eggplant slices backed up by pepper jack, spinach, tomatoes, onions, and mayo, and is more suited to midday cravings ($10.50). Accidentally conjoined mad scientists can share a brunch of sweet and savory delights when they order bananas-foster french-toast ($13.99) and crab-cakes benedict smothered in creolaise sauce ($13.99).
LPK Bar & Grill's wood-burning ovens have been toasting handmade pizzas and Italian specialties for more than two decades. Today, their griddles also sizzle hearty American fare, such as steaks, burgers, and ribs, which waiters set on tabletops beneath glimmering widescreen TVs and a colorful panorama of an Italian street scene. LPK Bar & Grill also supports healthy eating with veggie-stuffed pita wraps, wheat alternatives to many dishes, and a dining room that is completely rattlesnake-free.
Under the on-site supervision of Brooklyn-ite owner and longtime pizza sage Omar, Roma Pizza’s pie-throwers skillfully knead their dough, slather on a potent combination of rich sauce and cheese, and bake until crusts are golden and bubbly. The thin crust and wide circumference of this authentic New York–style pizza will have you dreaming wistfully of quiet cobbled streets in Italy or screaming cabbies in Queens. A savory series of preconceived pies includes such crust-framed masterworks as the BBQ Chicken ($10.99–$16.99), Meat Lovers ($11.99–$16.99), and Hawaiian pizzas ($11.99–$16.99). Solo pie-packers include a hearty array of artichokes, roasted red peppers, spicy jalapenos, and a bevy of other delectable adornments. Calzones stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses range from traditional pepperoni or sausage ($9.99) to the shocking avant-garde of folded foods—the Philly cheesesteak ($10.99). Hot and cold subs are all priced at $6.99 and come dressed with your choice of cheese. Open seven days a week, Roma Pizza is constantly at the ready to serve a quick lunchtime slice to daytime workers or a dozen large pies to protesters rallying for more lenient cheese laws.
East of Italy serves up a menu of flavorfully fused Cajun and Italian plates, tantalizing taste buds with a unique dining experience. Local noon-time noshers can excavate layers of stacked sandwiches such as the Italian Special, a gravity-challenging product of gastronomy that tops pepperoni, ham, and salami with mozzarella cheese, black olives, and red onions before snuggling them between signature baked bread ($6.95). Dinnertime brings generously portioned plates such as the fettuccine alfredo, with garlicky notes paying tribute to an Italian classic ($10.95), and the lobster ravioli, dressed with a creamy pesto-cilantro sauce to nod toward stateside flavors ($13.95). Slice savorers can sink teeth into an array of nine pizzas ($11.95–$16.95) that includes the meatlovers, topped with pepperoni, italian sausage, ground beef, chicken, and ham, and the pesto chicken, sprinkled with pesto sauce, grilled chicken, and flavorful veggies. Creative types can catalyze their inner cook by building their own pie sans sauce gun or cheese saw using a list of both standard and premium toppings ($6.95+). Today’s Groupon is also good for East of Italy’s happy hour (daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.), which features a bevy of $5 martinis, unlike other venues' miserly hours where drinks cost twice as much.