Vito?s Italian Restaurant and Bar is part eatery, part arcade. Pool and air-hockey tables populate the floor, and video games like Golden Tee provide kids and adults alike with hours of fun?or just the few minutes it takes to get a table. The restaurant even has a crane machine for players to try to nab a stuffed animal or a stuffed pepperoni. A jukebox plays popular tunes while diners refuel with hand-tossed thin-crust pizzas and deep-dish pies. Chefs can customize crusts with garlic butter or Cajun seasoning, depending on patrons' whims; they top specialty pizzas with grilled chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing, to name just one. The menu also offers burgers, sandwiches, pasta, and the popular Goofy Bread?plain dough baked with garlic butter, mozzarella, and parmesan.
The family-owned Toarmina's has served up its signature sweet sauce and gullet-stuffing, 24-inch pies since 1987. The menu boasts traditional pizzas ranging from the small one-topping ($8.99) to the two-footer with three toppings ($24.39)—a favorite at giant-division ultimate frisbee leagues. The casual eatery's aromatic ovens also cook up deep dish ($11.99–$13.99) and specialty picks such as the steak and cheese ($12.49–$28.99), which blankets melted mozzarella and american cheese over steak, mushrooms, onions, and golden italian dressing, and the veggie ($11.49–$25.99), a garden party of mushrooms, black olives, diced green peppers, and onions.
Cooks at Amicci's Pizza's two locations crown giant 24-inch pies with italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto before delivery drivers chauffeur orders straight to homes and dorm rooms. The cooks begin with a flavored crust, such as garlic butter, sesame seed, Cajun, or mantel, then top the pizza with a custom blend of fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses. Specialty combinations include the pesto delight topped with mozzarella, mushroom, and tomato and the chicken thai pie with sweet 'n' spicy ginger sauce, red peppers, and mushrooms. The cooks also pile oven-baked 14-inch subs with steak and au jus or italian meatballs covered with pasta sauce.
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.
For more than 42 years, Gracie See Pastaria's repertoire of cheese-dripping specialty pizzas and rib-sticking pasta platters has satisfied cravings for flavorful Italian fare. Launch a two-person feast rocket with the Clucker—a flock of wings, buffalo wings, chicken tenders, and miniature tacos—or gather four folks and cram for a popper quiz with a 20-piece study guide of deep-fried broccoli and cheese. Marinara-drenched main courses include pasta options such as healthy whole-wheat mostaccioli and the Godfather plate, with its large extended family of italian sausage, homemade meatballs, and mushrooms. Flattened stacks of pepperoni, sausage, and green pepper litter the Sicilian pie, and the spicy Middle Eastern Explosion shakes hands with halal ingredients, onions, and garlic. Meatless munchers might try the cheese ravioli or split the vegetarian pizza. These Roman repasts may be washed down with a glass of wine, soda, or beer, or enjoyed Italian-style with a quart of olive oil.
Mancino's Pizza & Grinders mingles scratch-made bread and fresh, savory toppings to forge a warm bouquet of grinders and pizza. Multihued chandeliers hover like nosy rainbows over patrons entranced by the menu's 25 varieties of crusty excellence. The house-specialty italian grinder ($10.60 for an 18" sandwich) stuffs bills of ham, salami, sausage, and mushrooms into a freshly baked Italian wallet, and the crab and seafood grinder dons a seaworthy cheese mantle ($11 for an 18" sandwich). Mancino’s chefs pile the Bob Gregory pizza with steak, mushrooms, and A1 sauce ($11.50 for a 12"), and the taco pizza's onions, olives, and meat spurn crunchy casas for in favor of pillowy soft abodes ($13.95 for a 12"). A selection of more than 20 toppings allows free spirits to decorate dough canvasses ($8.70 for a 12" one-topping pizza) according to the eager prodding of mozzarella-festooned muses.