In the mines of northeastern Pennsylvania, workers heave loads of clean-burning anthracite coal and ship them to businesses such as Coal Fire, where chefs scoop the same coal into their 900-degree ovens to bake pizzas and wings. Before baking the pies, the chefs hand-toss the aged dough, then cover it with one of three original sauces and thick, house-made mozzarella cheese, as well as only the freshest produce and toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes and pepperoni. Outside the kitchen, servers slide across the polished floorboards, delivering platters of steaming pizzas and frosty drinks from the full bar.
Potomac Pizza?s chefs toss and stretch fluffy, nonfat, and cholesterol-free dough into pizzas lauded by the Washington Post for ?returning pizza to its good name? in a world of national chains. The DC-area pizzerias create each pie with freshly-made sauce and a selection of 24 toppings, such as grilled chicken, eggplant, feta cheese, and Canadian bacon. Potomac Pizza?s kitchens also whip up calzones, and other Italian specialties such as lasagna and veal parmesan, served in Potomac?s dining rooms or nestled into boxes for takeout and delivery orders.
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Miniature electric chandeliers help illuminate the crimson walls in Il Pinito Trattoria's dining room, which proudly announces its Old World roots with displays of wicker-wrapped chianti bottles and grape-vine trim along the ceiling. Back in the kitchen, the cooks demonstrate their passion for Italian traditions by rolling homemade meatballs from ground veal and crowning platefuls of toothsome pasta with spicy marinara and alfredo sauces. Their pizzas emerge from ovens with cheese that bubbles like a jacuzzi full of cheese or laden with such toppings as eggplant, sausage, and mushrooms.
Looking beyond a strict Italian focus, the restaurant also hosts live Latin jazz jam sessions on Thursday nights.:m]]
The enticing aroma of wood-fired pizzas wafts throughout the natural wood dining room at Fontina Grill. Diners can order these pies piled high with succulent shrimp fra diablo, vodka sauce, or truffle oil, and the Italian offerings don't end here. The menu features linguini with clams, eggplant parmigiana, and parmesan-crusted veal. On weekends, brunch dishes appear in the form of nutella-topped dessert pizza, wild mushroom omelets, and crab cakes with poached eggs. Diners can pair their meals with drink specials, or opt for catering in the event of a special occasion or if they decide to hibernate for the rest of winter.
Each pie that emerges from Planet Pizza and Subs’ sweltering ovens begins as a pile of flour. Adding little more than pizza magic, in-house chefs pound this mound into fresh dough, and pies begin to take shape as the chefs stretch them into original, thin, or deep-dish crusts. A layer of scratch-made sauce and grated cheese anoints each new creation and cushions any combination of 26 toppings, which can also be packed into calzones for secure domestic shipment into hungry bellies. Many of Planet's other eats are also made by hand, including pastas, chicken soups, and cheesecakes.
Owners Bruno and Jimmy fill Mamma Lucia’s kitchen with housemade Italian family recipes. At each of the eight locations, chefs mix and match myriad pastas and sauces such as penne in pink sauce or chicken pesto ravioli in a creamy pesto sauce. Chicken and veal can be dipped in egg and sautéed in a lemon-and-wine sauce or prepared in any of 15 other ways. In the dining room, servers happily deliver New York–style pizzas to tables or to passing taxicabs full of lost Brooklyn residents.