The Black Rooster Pasta Bar provides an organic menu of made-to-order Italian pasta selections and all-day breakfast cuisine nestled among rustic décor. Begin by creating a carb nest of noodles ($7) such as linguine, cavatappi, or rice noodles, before selecting a cream, tomato, or olive-oil-based sauce (addtional $1 for gorgonzola, rossa, or terra sauce) to circumvent the noodle friction that can lead to disastrous pasta fires. Next, dive into an array of additional toppings (starting at $0.50) such as a sliced 5-ounce chicken breast, jumbo shrimp, or a de-contextualized BLT of bacon, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. Break a fast with pane al sole, boasting cinnamon and maple syrup drizzled over Tuscan bread, brimming with mascarpone cream cheese, and crowned in seasonal fruit ($6) or end an evening meal with sweet-teeth-slaking tiramisu ($4) and cannolis ($1.50 each).
Slate-colored walls and exposed pipes lend an industrial air to the elegant red curtains and wooden wine racks of Serendipity Bistro. In fact, the curated wine list is one of the bistro's specialties, next to the flatbread pizzas and paninis made from scratch and paired with everything from turkey and apple chutney to shrimp artichoke pesto. Some evenings, guests can also share pitchers of sangria, a sweetened wine beverage the Spanish invented to lull pet tigers into their afternoon siestas.
Like any great Italian meal, made-from-scratch dishes at Spaghetti Warehouse are created from family recipes passed down for generations. Using fresh ingredients ranging from ricotta, romano, and mozzarella cheeses to house-made tomato sauce and Italian sausage, chefs labor for up to three days to prepare batches of their 15-layer signature lasagna from scratch. The menu also offers perfectly al dente pasta, bottomless soups, and 12-layer chocolate cakes to share with family and friends.
It’s that feeling of togetherness that people love about Spaghetti Warehouse, a feeling that is only enhanced when the drinks start flowing and the air is punctuated by the sounds of laughter as kids play retro games, such as The Claw prize-grabbing machine. To reach their table, guests commonly have to step through two doors: the front door of the restaurant and the door of the antique trolley parked inside. Since its inception in 1972, the Italian eatery has merged the functions of kitchen and museum. Artifacts such as grandfather clocks, factory flywheels, and circus billboards surround diners as they delve into Italian creations.
Buttery dough made daily on the premises lays the savory groundwork for Uno Chicago Grill’s signature deep-dish pizzas, perfected from the Windy City’s original 1943 recipe. Today, at the Dayton outpost of the pizza empire, thick crusts don mozzarella and romano cheeses alongside chunky tomato sauce, slices of pepperoni, and caramelized onions. American dishes round out the hearty menu, from steaks and chops to sandwiches such as the Firecracker chicken stacked with housemade guacamole and spicy buffalo cheddar. Desserts, such as chocolate-strawberry pizza and bread pudding with salted-caramel sauce, top off each meal.
Freshly cut vegetables, more than 40 toppings and sauces, and delicious handmade doughs decorate the creative menu of Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory, a sister establishment of the popular South Park Tavern. Colorful combinations perch atop the gourmet discs ($8.95 for a nine-inch, $13.95 for a 12-inch, $17.95 for a 14-inch, and $19.95 for a 16-inch). Both breadwinners and fourth-place breadlosers can come out ahead with the Reuben pizza, an open-faced sandwich of corned beef, sauerkraut, cheeses, and Thousand Island dressing, as well as in the Greek gyro pizza, a fat wedding of lamb or chicken meat, fresh tomatoes, feta, and cucumber sauce. Classicists can adorn their gullet with traditional pizzas ($7.95 for a nine-inch, $12.95 for a 12-inch, $16.95 for a 14-inch, and $18.95 for a 16-inch) including the New York cheese, its gorgeous Breadway stage set with oregano and three mezzanine levels of fromage. All pizza patrons receive the option of hand-tossed original dough or 100% whole-wheat crust.
Permeated with casual elegance, The Wine Gallery festoons its eclectic menu with classic bistro fare in the form of flavorful salads, soups, sandwiches, and specialties. Let the nibbling commence with starters of chips, dips, spreads, breads, and more, such as the cheese plate, a tour de fromage sidekicked by gourmet crackers and olives ($9), or its smokehouse doppelgänger ($9). Like a whole-wheat aqueduct, the mushroom-spinach pizza siphons a steady stream of silver-dollar mushrooms, mozzarella, feta, and provolone ($8). Chew through an English hedge maze of panko-coated eggplant caprese salad, with mozzarella, tomato, and basil ($5 half, $9 full), then celebrate victory with the succulent, spice-rubbed prime-rib sandwich ($8) or Italian basil-chicken sandwich ($8).