Riverwalk Pizzeria, located next to the Sanford Marina, touts a multifaceted menu of pizzas, calzones, and traditional Italian-inspired specialties. Demanding diners can customize hand-tossed pizzas (starting at $7.29) with a variety of pie-packers such as bacon, eggplant, pepperoni, pineapple, and broccoli arranged to resemble the mysterious right ear of the Mona Lisa ($1–$2 each). Opt for a prearranged marriage of flavors with the River Spice pie, decorated with hot sauce, mozzarella, red onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and chorizo ($10.49–$20.49), or the Bianco, a delicate three-tiered tango between mozzarella, ricotta, and fresh garlic ($8.99–$16.99).
The Petersen family takes food seriously. The owners of Graziano's Pizza and Sports make everything from scratch, from the dough and sauces to the tiny uniforms the athletes in the restaurant's TVs wear. They also adorn their pizzas and entrees—such as the vegetarian pizza and the eggplant parmesan dish—with ingredients culled from local suppliers. And just in case you need to email someone after completing the stuffed pie challenge (completing an entire stuffed pizza in one hour by yourself), the restaurant offers complimentary WiFi.
From its humble beginnings in 1959, Little Caesars has stretched its cheesy empire from coast to coast, doling out trademark deep-dish pizzas, sauce-drenched wings, and cheesy bread. In keeping with its history as a forward-looking franchise, Little Caesars has cooked up an iPhone application that highlights popular menu items and shoots out piping-hot pies from the phone's port. The pizza purveyor sends its Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, across the United States and Canada to fill the bellies of homeless people and disaster victims with its daily kneaded dough and freshly shaved mozzarella.
Pantheon Pizza's crust decorators fire up myriad Italian, Greek, and American favorites led by a menu of sauce-slathered pizzas. Doughy disks offer a cushy base for a trio of toppings (10", $8.99; 16", $13.99) such as hamburger, green peppers, and ham, baked under the cheese’s surface. Customize calzones and stromboli ($6.75 each) with à la carte toppings ($0.85 each), or grab an oven-hot eggplant parmigiana (8", $5.75) grinder or a Pantheon burger, with 100% beef dressed in bacon and triplicate cheeses atop a fluffy onion bun ($6.25). Full dinners pack cavernous breadbaskets with baked spaghetti and meatballs ($7.25) or a seafood sampling of fried catfish, fries, and hush puppies whispering in their indoor voices ($6.50).
Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant's legion of pasta professionals dish up a menu of freshly prepared, old-fashioned Italian fare and imported spirits. A savory selection of palate-pleasing lunch specials includes authentic cheese pizzas ($4.50 for two slices, $9.95 for a 14"), chicken parmigiana ($7.95), and lasagna baked to saucy perfection ($7.25). Launch a dinner rocket with a loud crunch of crispy bruschetta ($5.95), or loosen tense garlic knots with a peaceful soak in a marinara bath ($1.75 for three). Diners can twirl forks through the sautéed onions, olives, capers, and anchovies topping a fresh plate of spaghetti alla puttanesca ($10.95), or strap on complimentary snorkels for a palatable plunge into the seafood risotto, which presents a sautéed school of calamari, shrimp, clams, mussels, and marinara sauce ($16.25).
At Filomena's Pizzeria & Ristorante, chefs decorate signature Brooklyn-style pizzas while a daily bounty of fresh-baked bread snuggles up beside pasta dishes, including stuffed shells and penne alla vodka. The culinary crew embellishes veal, sirloin, and shrimp with fresh vegetables and white-wine sauces, forming a roster of dishes sure to satisfy cravings for Italian classics. Calzones teem with a wide range of ingredients and can be crafted large enough to feed an entire family and their velociraptor.