Visitors at any of The Olive Tree Restaurant?s three locations bask in the tantalizing aroma of garlic drifting from the kitchen, which bustles with a lineup of expert chefs. Seated at a cozy table, guests dig into an array of traditional Greek and Italian dishes, taking alternating bites of veal parmesan and grecian scallops. And their mouth-watering Maryland crab cakes come from a special family recipe that was perfected at their sister restaurant Olive Grove in Maryland. Hosting outdoor dining, the Villa Rica restaurant shelters patrons beneath an awning-protected patio, and the Hiram location houses them in a quaint brick terrace flanked by lattices and the tendrils of hanging plants, which often sneak bites of baked pasta over diners' shoulders. The Hiram location further entertains the senses with live music during dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. At all three locations, patrons can wash down savory bites with wine, draft beer, and specialty cocktails from the full bar, and can request takeout or catering for special events and weddings.
With roots that trace back decades to its first location on the Syracuse University campus, it's not surprising that Johnny's Pizza chooses to continue perfecting their New York-style pies here in Georgia. The chefs' hand-tossed dough can be topped with the fresh ingredients of your choosing or made into one of 16 specialty pizzas, including the steak and cheese with onions, mushrooms, and green peppers. Pizza dough also doubles as the shell for calzones and stromboli, while 10.5-inch personal pizzas come in a gluten-free version. Oven-baked subs are layered with meatballs or Italian sausage and pasta dinners feature home-cooked classics such as lasagna and chicken parmigiana, but without the smoke-filled kitchen that comes with so many home-cooked meals.
Pizza Bar is home to sumptuous, specialty slices and creative cocktails served in a modern, eclectic atmosphere. Satisfy cravings for sliced comestibles with Pizza Bar's expansive menu of pizzas available by the slice ($2.25–$4.75) or by the pie ($12.50–$22). Vegetarians can sink their meat-free munchers into the herbivore pizza—a mélange of tomato sauce, white onion, green pepper, mushrooms, olives, and garlic—while omnivores flaunt their Tex-Mex side with the southwestern pie, loaded with sauce, grilled chicken, roma tomatoes, jalapeños, and onion. The fusion lounge also serves a variety of specialty cocktails for parched palates, including the platinum margaritas ($11) and electric blue lemonades ($9) made with Ketel One, blue curacao, lemonade, pineapple, and Smurf tears.
Since 1977, Partners II Pizza has been stifling rumbling stomachs with a pizza-centric menu consisting of gourmet pies, calzones, specialty sandwiches, pastas, and more. Gastrogeometrists can quell cravings for circular foods with a veggie pizza ($15.65 for 12")––a doughy tray baked while holding sauce, mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers, black and green olives, and extra cheese––or relish the zest of a potato specialty pizza ($9.90 for small), which is pizza-shaped dough topped with sour cream and layered with potatoes, green onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese. With an expansive menu and lack of fire-breathing waiters, Partners II Pizza is the perfect place for a pie-sharing first date or for people with meltable eyebrows.
Little Azio's imbues its casual-dining menu with generous pasta portions and brick-oven pizza topped with made-from-scratch sauce. Crunchy salads kick-start each meal with romaine lettuce and caesar dressing or tomato, olives, cucumbers, and mozzarella on a bed of greens. Dough disks silently hover below noses, beaming up the savory aromas of the margherita pizza's roma tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, or the meat lover’s array of sausage, ham, pepperoni, meatballs, and Protein Lovers Anonymous membership cards. Pasta options include turkey ragu, made with turkey sausage and tomato sauce, or the wild-mushroom marsala, a fusion of marsala-wine sauce and cage-free mushrooms. Thick, malty glugs of domestic brews such as Sam Adams and Bud Light or savory sips of house wine bathe palates in between saucy bites.
The Pizzeria Fortunato ovens cook up a menu of pizzas and Italian favorites made with fresh ingredients. The pan-fried provolone tranquilizes fried fromage fanatics with a sizzling skillet of pasteurized joy ($9.50). Larger parties can share an 18-inch Neopolitan-style cheese pizza and leave their distinctive mark on it with extra toppings of pepperoni, spinach, eggplant, and spray paint ($15.75). The restaurant's in-house pizza wizards have also concocted specialty flavor creations such as the Fortunato deluxe, topped with pepperoni, sweet italian sausage, roasted peppers, and vidalia onions (18"; $18); and the eggplant parmigiana pizza, which includes hand-breaded eggplant and ricotta cheese (18"; $22.25). Diners who have rented out their stomachs as storage space to neighbors can keep it light with a special 10-inch pizzette, such as the pesto chicken, topped with grilled chicken and homemade pesto ($12.75), or any full-size pizza shrunk down into solo sizes. The pizzas share menu real estate with foot-long grinders, strombolis, calzones, and pasta dishes.