Specialty gourmet pizzas are broken down into three basic categories on Peace a Pizza's menu?chicken, meat, and vegetarian. But a closer look reveals that each gourmet pie is anything but basic. For instance, the spicy chicken pizza is piled with spicy chicken, pico de gallo, red sauce, and mozzarella. Vegetarians aren't reduced to mere cheese slices, either: vegetarian offerings include a bruschetta pie, a Mediterranean-style pizza piled with veggies and cheese (including kalamata olives, feta, and artichokes), plus mac-and-cheese and baked ziti pizzas to boot.
Although pizza reigns supreme at Peace a Pizza's eight different locations, the menu also includes garlic breadsticks and wheat sticks to kick off meals, along with eight specialty salads, including a pear and gorgonzola, santa fe chicken, and classic caesar salad. If both pizza and salad are calling your name, or just humming softly to your stomach, no problem?the Groovy 2 Combo includes any slice and a small salad.
Piesmiths at Apollo Pizza partner an array of sides and salads with made-to-order pizzas slathered with sauce, covered in cheese, and polka-dotted with a potpourri of toppings. Descend fork first in to a chicken-caesar or greek salad before eschewing silverware to grab sides—such as onion rings, jalapeño poppers, or bacon-and-cheese-topped mega fries—with hands or telepathic mind powers. A serving of 10 buffalo wings smothered in sauce round out pre-main-course noshings before a fully customizable pie arrives at tables laden with four toppings plucked from a cache of more than 15 accouterments, including roasted peppers, ricotta cheese, and sausage. Throughout the meal, diners can split 2 liters of Coca-Cola, sipping it from individual glasses or, in accordance with Italian tradition, chugging it straight from the bottle while dancing the tarantella.
In some families, all the children are blessed with a knack for sports. In others, the offspring may be born with an aptitude for math or the ability to reason with sharks. In the Testa family, however, the seven brothers and five sisters all ended up with a passion for great Italian food. Bruno’s Pizza Villa is one of six Italian eateries run by the Testa children, each one serving authentic pizzas and Italian specialties. Bruno Testa takes the reins at this family-friendly eatery, overseeing kitchen chefs as they whip up Neapolitan-style pies.
The pizza-makers toss freshly made dough with gourmet toppings, such as buffalo mozzarella, barbeque chicken, and sundried tomatoes. Once pizzas begin baking in the ovens, the cooks turn their attention to cheesy calzones, crispy sandwiches, and traditional pasta dishes. They extend their culinary expertise towards a variety of seafood specialties, including creamy lobster ravioli and spicy seafood fra diavlo. Meanwhile, their customers recline on cushy booths in the bright dining room, lingering over last bites of handmade cannoli and sugary zeppolli.
Owner Mike Karasavas's dream has come to fruition: he has spearheaded not one, but two Media, PA, restaurants—the upscale Generations Restaurant steakhouse, and its casual counterpart, The Drawing Room Pizza Pub, good for families, late night entertainment, and tasty pizza. The pub features a fully stocked bar, stage, and lush outdoor patio, creating a fitting backdrop for its weekly dance parties, poker tournaments, and live music performances. When discussing such events with reporters from Suburban Life Magazine, Mike said, "our pizza pub absolutely fills a need no other place does. People can come to dance or get dressed up to enjoy a date night."
To fuel this constant stream of activity, the eatery's chefs whip up a variety of upscale pub favorites, from juicy angus beef burgers to authentic Italian pastas. The stars of their kitchen, however, are the thin crust artisanal pizzas, which chefs make from fresh dough, homemade sauce, and premium ingredients.
Springfield Pasta Company traces its roots back as far as 100 years to the sunny hills of Abruzzi, Italy, where Domenico Napoletano learned the art of grain-trading and pasta-making from his parents. The Napoletano family carried their noodle-crafting tradition with them across the Atlantic—first to Buenos Aires in the 1950s, and finally to Springfield, Pennsylvania, in 1965, where Domenico and his sons, Mario, Corrado, and Claudio, set up shop on Saxer Avenue. Dedicated workers oversee the production of every fresh, frozen, and dried noodle and savory sauce, ensuring that customers load their dinner tables with Italian feasts made by a real, local human—not a distant corporate entity or a cyborg clone of Chef Boyardee.
Tony Altomare’s Italian eatery crafts Neapolitan-style pizzas with freshly made dough and homemade sauces, gaining accolades such as the title of best pizza from the Philly Hot List in 2010. Diners can peruse the menu and sink teeth into one of the pre-designed pies, such as the mozzarella-, basil-, and tomato-sauce-adorned margherita pizza ($13.99 for a large), or the romano pizza splattered with pepperoni, sausage, philly steak, and bacon ($15.99 for a large). The grilled eggplant and verdant fillings of the veggie delight wrap ($6.59) offer a tastier alternative to nibbling on various houseplants; a buffalo chicken stromboli ($7.59–$15.59) or one of the homemade hoagies ($6.29–$6.59) reenergize patrons who have spent long hours writing a book in binary code. Tony’s menu varies with each location, so check each restaurant’s website for a complete listing of its belly-tickling fare selection.