New York-style pizza and Italian-style Italian food fill the menu at Caf? Sicilia, a casual neighborhood joint with a welcoming feel. Served by the pie or slice, sizzling pizzas are topped with canadian bacon, mushrooms, capers, artichokes, and other standard or specialty toppings and give off the aromas of toasted crust and melty cheese. Deep dish, sicilian-style pies pack an extra hearty punch, while stromboli and calzones transform the slice into a more compact culinary vehicle.
Outside the pizza realm, Caf? Sicilia's chefs plate fettucini alfredo, baked ziti, tortellini, and lasagna. Kids can tuck into spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmigiana, while parents feast on zuppa de pesce, an assortment of seafood layered in zesty marinara. Culinary expeditions conclude with tiramisu, cannoli, and plain or chocolate cheesecake.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.
The friendly family at the helm of Garliq–Uniquely Italian whips up a wide array of savory Italian dishes from scratch in a laid-back, welcoming neighborhood environment. Garlic-infused crust and fresh ingredients populate the pizzas on their menu, with gluten-free options available. Polyamorous cheeseheads will cherish their affair with Del Formaggio ($14.99 medium, $16.99 large), its Buffalo mozzarella flanked by a galloping herd of provolone, ricotta, romano, roasted garlic, and sautéed spinach. Red pizzas like the Garliq ($13.75 medium, $16.75 large) mix in herb roma tomatoes, sautéed basil, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and provolone. Diners fed up with pizza's open-faced showiness should try the southwest chicken calzone ($6.99), a giant folded pizza stuffed with red onions, mushrooms, cheeses, and a dose of humility. Breaded fillets and marinara abound in the chicken parmesan pasta ($9.49) and a homespun sauce recipe comes drizzled upon the delectable fettucine alfredo ($9.49).
Named Independent Pizzeria of the Year in 2008 by Pizza Today magazine, Campania holds its thin-crusted pies to soaring standards, importing wood-burning ovens and many of the menu's fresh ingredients from Italy. Prepare palates with an order of garlicky parmesan-sprinkled focaccia ($10 for a medium) or a basica salad (romaine topped with sliced grape tomatoes, a duo of cheeses, and house dressing, $5 for a small). Graze larger food pastures with the quattro stagioni, a pizza that wears a coat of artichoke hearts, Genoa salami, ham, mushrooms, basil, and olive oil ($10–$20), or a primavera pizza bianca, topped with bufala, grape tomatoes, arugula, roasted green and red peppers, mushrooms, and olive oil ($9–$18). For the noodle-inclined, the Southlake location lets diners choose from four kinds of fresh, house-made pastas and select a flavor-laden sauce such as the florentine, with baked ham, sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts ($11, add chicken or shrimp for $3 extra).
In 2004, Aleda and Steve Barry closed their famed Pizza Pub in favor of a fresh start in Southlake, Texas––but their reputation preceded them. Walking the neighborhood, people would recognize the duo and ask them when they planned to bring back their tasty menu. In 2010 it finally happened. The newly christened Aleda's Pizza is BYOB and resurrects the family's more than 20 specialty pizzas––such favorites as the spinach alfredo with locally grown veggies and the popular loaded baked potato with bacon and creamy ranch. These decadent pies snagged Aleda's Pizza the title of Best Pizza in the Southlake Times Reader's Choice Awards for 2011 and 2012. Amply stuffed sandwiches and calzones are also available, as well as healthy pizza alternatives such as whole-wheat crust and low-fat turkey pepperoni.
The skilled chefs at La Bistro Italian Restaurant tempt Texan taste buds with their authentic Italian menu stuffed with a variety of meats, seafood, and homemade pastas. An appetizer of fried calamari ($5.95–$6.95) provides an audible crunch capable of harmonizing with meandering jackhammers, and the fettuccini Bistro sates aqueous appetites with shrimp and crab meat blanketed in a shallots-and-cream wine sauce ($10.95–$16.95). Romantic twosomes can trade noodle kisses with every entree's spaghetti side, including the rich baked ziti ($7.95–$10.95) and the filet mignon madeira topped with mushrooms and a madeira wine sauce ($14.95–$25.95). Invertebrate options run from escargot in mushroom caps ($6.95) to calamari marinara, topped with prosciutto, zucchini, and cheese ($14.95). As La Bistro's delectable cuisine wins over palates, eyes occupy themselves with Romanesque murals, high ceilings, and elegant chair upholstery.