Gepetto's chef tosses a doughy mass high in to the air. With each flight, its circumference expands until it's ready to hold any of the pizzeria's 40 unique toppings. A brick oven bakes the specialty pies, which flaunt music-themed names such as Highway to Hell—an original or honey wheat crust covered in hot creamy sauce, fire-roasted peppers, chicken, cream cheese, fresh Serrano peppers, fiery hot Fritos, and a house-made jalapeno spice blend. Various salads and pasta entrees round out the menu of distinctive comfort foods.
Out in the dining room, groovy peace signs, old black-and-white photographs, and whimsical tchotchkes plaster the brick walls. Stringed lights twinkle above plates loaded with slices of the Buffalo Soldier pizza, baked orecchiette mac and cheese, and Mama Cass strombolis stuffed with Swiss cheese and black forest ham. Every day after the sun and moon switch out for the night shift, local musicians bust out their guitars and vocals for some rousing entertainment.
Chuck E. Cheese’s thrills young sprouts with a panoply of games, rides, prizes, and fresh-baked pizzas. Token-devouring amusements such as high-tech simulator rides, arcade-style games, and high-maintenance wishing wells dazzle the senses and reward players with congratulatory tickets following each round. Attendants exchange tickets for marked prizes ranging from a simple spider ring to a deluxe Slinky made of enlarged fusilli noodles. With joystick-imprinted hands, children and their guardians dig into a large one-topping pizza before washing down the doughy disk with four barrel-sized drinks. Additional brain stimulation comes from Chuck E. Cheese’s animated musical act, which performs its well-practiced set roughly every 10 minutes.
In the movie "Eat Pray Love," Julia Roberts' character has something of a religious experience with pizza when she travels to a famous pizzeria in Italy, Da Michele. This pizzeria is known for its two simple, but delicious, pizza styles that people travel endless miles for to get a taste. Giovanni Zilio learned the art of pizza making from the creator of this world-renowned pizza, and dedicated his life's work to making great pizza, hoping to save enough money to open his own pizzeria.
Though Giovanni Zilio was never able to fulfill this dream, his name lives on through Zilio's Artisan Pizza. Here, made-to-order, thin-crust pizzas come in a variety of styles and flavors—from classic marinara to sweet-style pulled pork. Gourmet salads and freshly baked calzones round out the dining options, which guests enjoy in a casual space designed like a New York-style pizzeria.