The dough wizards at Papa John's 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.
Operating under the belief that food and celebration should go hand-in-hand, the lively staff at Antonio's Ristorante and Wine Bar makes sure that each visit feels like a party. Diners can toast the day with glasses of award-winning wine while enjoying classic Italian dishes such as veal parmesan and pasta carbonara. Ristorante Antonio’s chefs also festoon hand-tossed and deep-dish Sicilian pizzas with a selection of nearly 30 toppings, which include artichoke hearts, pepperoncini peppers, and calamari rings that diners can use to hold back their hair for hands-free eating.
Although tomatoes top the grocery list each week at Twisted Tomato, the pizzeria's most prominent ingredient might be cheese. It's melted inside crispy pizza rolls and calzones, layered across 7- or 14-inch grinders, and sprinkled over hand-spun specialty pizzas such as the Maui Wowi, which is generously topped with ham, pineapple, and plane tickets to Hawaii. Additionally, parmesan, provolone, and blue cheese abound on Twisted Tomato's salads, and cheesecake makes a sweet ending for a dairy-driven meal.
To chefs at 3 Guys Pizza Pies aren't ones to cut corners. Each day, they knead and stretch scratch made pizza dough and grate fresh, whole milk mozzarella cheese. When they aren't busy doing that, they're chopping up veggies sourced from local farmers or sourcing quality meats like pepperoni, seasoned philly steak, and andouille sausage. But that's just the prep work?once the delicious ingredients are in place, the cooks set to work crafting specialty pizzas like the garlic-laden Vampire Killer or the pineapple- and jalapeno-topped Angry Hawaiian Guy. But no creation tops the Fireman, a pie covered with a choice of grilled or fried chicken and house-made buffalo sauce that's so hot, it arrives at the table with ice water and a public service announcement by the local fire chief. Beyond pizzas, 3 Guys' chefs also whip up oven baked pastas and sub sandwiches, along with tempting sides like garlic knots and deep-fried cheese bites.
For more than 15 years, Candela's Pizzeria has been quelling pizza cravings with New York–style and Sicilian pies palatably decorated in a selection of more than 20 toppings. With a firm belief that variety is indeed the spice of life, the menu boasts an eclectic culinary collection, featuring bacon cheesesteaks, veal picatta, tortellini alfredo, and burgers. Patrons can wash down the filling fare with an imported or domestic beer, or choose a chianti or white zinfadel to pair with the atomic wings known for coming from a close-knit nuclear family.
A chef for more than 30 years who has had a role in the opening of several restaurants, Nuccio Giambanco helms Veranda Ristorante, where he and his culinary team offer authentic Italian cuisine. Their menu boasts classic pastas such as baked penne, rigatoni with sausage and peppers, and penne carbonara. Entrees include chicken or veal marsala, shrimp scampi, and New York strip, alongside Neapolitan-style pizzas.