Vittone’s slings dough by the disk and noodles by the nest to Decatur and Huntsville-area residents, serenading Alabamian taste buds with traditional Italian fare. Hone dairy origami skills with a gooey cheese calzone ($4.58) or exact ocular revenge on the moon with a lunar eye-hitting pizza pie, such as the Benzina, mounded with meaty pepperoni, italian sausage, bacon, ham, hamburger, and shredded cheeses ($8.03 for a small or $17.22 for a large). The eternally changing dessert menu silences the shrieks of banshee sweet teeth, and garlic breadsticks ($2.30) provide the perfect weaponry for pretend sword fights.
In 1890, the Cotaco Opera House hosted many of the country’s top, touring song-and-dance acts. Through the golden age of vaudeville and during its brief resurgence as a teen fad in 1978, the opera house reverberated with rollicking live performances.
Today, it's a riot of flavors that fills the brick building with guests. In 1996, Meg and Scott Curry adopted the historical venue with a mission to continue its spirit of creativity. The couple works together to dream up gala-worthy catered dinners and a lunch menu packed with fresh meat and produce. As head chef, Scott perfects the dishes, calling upon a lifetime of classic French culinary training and experience in kitchens throughout the United States, including Decatur Country Club and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Meanwhile, Meg draws on her love of travel to inform globally inspired dishes such as a muffaletta sandwich with olive relish and spring-roll salad with ginger vinaigrette.
Zen Beri's nonfat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added frozen yogurt—in flavors such as cheesecake, dark chocolate, and blueberry tart—brims with certified live active cultures. Its self-serve machines bestow gobs of these sweet treats, as well as dairy-free sorbets, on bowls. Guests can then heap on more than 50 toppings, such as candies, fruits, and nuts, to customize their dessert creations. Staff members also skillfully craft tempting sundaes, smoothies, and coffee drinks from Zen Beri's signature frozen-treats menu. They can also tightly pack quarts of take-home treats so that guests can indulge their sweet tooths during Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory marathons.
There’s no shortage of renowned oyster establishments in the South. But tripsmarter.com pegged Wintzell’s Oyster House as its No. 1 destination for the specialty.
“Fried, stewed, or nude”: the Oysters are served every way imaginable at Wintzell’s, where oysters are, unsurprisingly, the trademark dish. And they’ve been the trademark dish since the eatery’s flagship location opened in 1938. Regional seafood favorites also dominate the menu, from low-country boils to Cajun seafood fettuccine and bacon-wrapped shrimp.
Though the original location became something of a landmark in historic Mobile, the restaurant has since expanded to multiple locations perfect for catching oysters in the nude, served Rockefeller style, or wearing their favorite pajama pants. Still, each eatery retains the original’s decorative signature: several dozen whimsical signs on the walls. The website even features some of their slogans, including: “Never kick a man when he is down—he may get up.”
Featured in the Huntsville Times, Philly Connection constructs 7-inch authentic cheesesteaks with classic italian-roll bases and extra-lean steak fillings, both imported from Philadelphia. The make-your-own cheesesteak satisfies hive-mind abstainers by stacking a choice of three cheeses—white american, provolone, or pepper jack—and an edible armada of more than 10 toppings, including sweet peppers, pepperoni, and pizza sauce, atop the tenderized, steak-filled italian rolls. Traditional taste buds may awe at the original cheesesteak, a classic congregation of grilled onions, tenderized steak, and white american cheese, while the chicken cheesesteak plumps the philly rolls with somersaulting bites of grilled poultry, onions, and cheese. Dining duos give their jaws a break from sandwich aerobics and chew on french fries while sipping ice-cold soft drinks and arguing about which famous physicist would make the best sandwich.
Touting itself as northern Alabama’s sole Puerto Rican restaurant, My Old San Juan pairs the Isle of Enchantment’s regional cuisine with imported sodas and sudsy drafts from a full-service bar. Chefs specialize in Puerto Rico's signature dish of mofongos, an appetizing amalgamation of mashed plantains stuffed with seafood, meat, or vegetables. The restaurant entertains guests' other senses with salsa classes on Saturday, dancing on Friday, and karaoke croon-offs on days prophesized by a mystical oracle.