The chefs at Arianno’s Pizza craft Italian fare from fresh ingredients and house-made recipes. They hand-toss dough and bedeck it with house-made sauce and layers of real mozzarella cheese before personalizing the pizza, whether by slathering it with any of the restaurant’s 15+ toppings or by naming it "Steve." The pizzeria’s lengthy menu also showcases pasta dishes, each of which is accompanied by a side of garlic bread as well as platters of baby back ribs and hot subs packing fresh proteins and cheese.
Bonafede-family matriarch Anita started JoJo's Pizza Kitchen more than four decades ago, and her discerning taste for ingredients is still identifiable in the menu. Though her son Joe, who napped on flour sacks in the back of the restaurant as a child, now runs the eatery, fresh basil and plum tomatoes grown in Stanislaus County still release aromas that hint at sun-soaked furrows. Through a dining room window, guests catch glimpses of chefs tossing freshly risen dough for pizzas or smaller chefs for their adorable giggles. They grate fresh parmesan cheese as wine cooks slowly down with mushrooms on the stovetop and chicken marinates in lemon and garlic. Servers bustle past, filling glasses with house wines or draft beers.
The dough wizards at Papa John's Pizza hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
It's often said that people have many different layers. In the most literal sense possible, the same applies to the Northern Italian cuisine at Mustazzoli Ristorante Italiano. Just look at the restaurant's signature appetizer: bruschetta crescenza. It starts with three pieces of crispy, homemade baguette, onto which is piled crescenza cheese, asparagus, prosciutto ham, and a drizzling of white truffle sauce. If complexity is what these chefs are going for, consider their goal achieved.
But the chefs bring this same attention to detail to every aspect of their menu, from pastas tossed with clams and New Zealand mussels to desserts of homemade white-chocolate cannolis. Once they've put on the finishing touches, they send these dishes off to two different dining rooms, in which guests trade bites with sips of wine and beer.
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Many Italian households (and indeed, most Italian restaurants) believe that you treat company like honored guests in your home. Of course, at The Original Graziano’s you aren’t in their home kitchen, but they treat you like honored guests anyway! And since guests get the best treatment, at Graziano’s diners have a wide selection of appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, and even a kids menu to choose from. Nothing comes from a can or off the grocery store shelf: everything at The Original Graziano’s is hand-picked and made from the freshest possible ingredients. Regardless if you are eating take out or dining in the restaurant, the food is held to the same high standard. After all, the Graziano’s wouldn’t give anything less to their honored guests. If you love Italian, give The Original Graziano’s a try!
Grab excellent food at great prices at Sal and Son's Pasta and Pizza – a family-run Italian joint with unmatched service and delicacies! Everything is made fresh to order, using only the best locally grown produce to create that yummy blend of flavors on your plate. Their on-going specials make this the perfect spot for lunch with reasonably-priced combos that will get you through the rest of the working day, feeling full and satisfied. The staff is fast and friendly, always at your convenience. And don’t forget to try the homemade pizza sauce that is the result of years of experience and culinary traditions brought over to American soil for a mouth-watering experience. With plenty of seating room and even a few old-school arcade games, it’s the ultimate family venue.