Every pizza at Kaos is freshly prepared in true Neapolitan-style, gently coaxed into the wood-fired oven using soft compliments and pheromone trails before being fire-baked to crispy perfection. Using fresh ingredients (including organic and local foods), the circular-centric menu offers pizzas in 10", 13", and 16" diameters, with gluten- free crusts available in 13" pies (add $2). Sate on standard flavor combinations or perform magic tricks to lure more exotic pizzas into your stomach such as the garden, packed with an olive oil and garlic base, mozzarella, provolone, tomatoes, arugula, fresh egg, and shaved parmesan ($10–$16), or the sopressata salami ($15–$20), built for carnivore cowboys with pesto, potato, mozzarella, provolone, and farm-fresh egg. Kaos also offers salads to leaf-loving souls ($6–$10), homemade lasagna ($11.50) and other pastas, savory paninis ($7.50), and succulent desserts.
Before it was the winner of awards including Best Pizza, Best Garlic Bread, and Top Cannoli, Pasquini's Pizzeria was a fledgling family restaurant that simply wanted to make delicious, authentically Italian food. Their desire paid off: the eatery got so busy that the family expanded their restaurant to the second floor of their South Broadway building. Today, owner Melinda Pasquini—daughter of the original owners—continues her family's legacy, serving up a menu packed with homemade lasagna, calzones, and specialty pizzas on made-from-scratch crusts. She also maintains the eatery's familial feel, gifting youngsters fresh pizza dough to sculpt their family's coat of arms with.
The ovens at Joyce's Famous Pizza fire up seven days a week to bake fresh dough for the eatery’s sub sandwiches, filled calzones, and seven varieties of pizza. Elsewhere in the kitchen, chefs toss crisp chef's salads with mushrooms, black olives, ham, and pepperoni and coat chicken wings with hot or mild barbecue sauce. Pasta specialties such as eggplant parmesan and lasagna help make the menu as well-rounded as a python after swallowing a beach ball.
Gennaro’s Cafe Italiano’s pasta producers pile plates with generous portions of Old World comfort fare in a family-friendly restaurant. Browse the menu, before divvying up an appetizer, such as deep-fried calamari or tomato and mozzarella bruschetta, anointed with herbs and olive oil. After devouring house salads, plunge tusks into entrees, such as lasagna stacked with beef, italian sausage, and six types of cheese, or perform tined pirouettes through fettuccine alfredo crowned with grilled chicken. Spicy sausage huddles with grilled peppers and onions as marinara quells fires for the safety of shaved parmesan cheese. Fresh-baked garlic bread accompanies all main meal events as well as refreshing glasses of beer. Making a reservation, like believing in the tooth fairy, is acceptable but not necessary.
Washington Park Grille's inviting interior, built from exposed brick and gleaming wood, draws in groups for hearty meals and after-work socializing. Bartenders fill snifters with single-malt scotches and mix dessert martinis to be sipped in the lounge or by the flickering light of an indoor fireplace. At lunch and dinner, guests choose from an assortment of Italian and American plates that won an OpenTable Diner's Choice award in 2011. Chefs infuse buffalo meatloaf with ground wild mushrooms and pair pappardelle pasta with rosemary-pesto sauce and meatballs made with Colorado lamb. They also prepare a menu of gluten-free plates—duck confit bruschetta, for example—and late-night pizzas. Brunch entrees such as roast prime rib with eggs provide a better reason to get up early than Al Roker’s secret coded messages sent through the television.
From their beers to their entertainments, the owners of Renegade Publik House like to do things their own way. They brew their own craft beers, some of which—the imperial red IPA Scarlet Letter, for instance—can only be found at their bar. They pair their unique drafts with thin-crust, grilled pizzas that eschew traditional ingredients such as sauce in favor of combinations like the Baked Potato, a crust sporting a blend of crispy Yukon gold potatoes, pork belly, and chevre. They even refuse to hang a single television on their walls to distract from the social interaction within their pub. Instead, they entertain with a robust music selection and shelves full of once-banned books such as Farenheit 451, Clockwork Orange, and I Was in Reno When That Cherry Tree Was Felled: The Autobiography of George Washington.