The creation of a pizza is a thing of beauty. Raw dough crisps into a chewy crust, and shreds of mozzarella cheese melt into rich tomato sauce. That tasty transformation has been happening at Anthony's Italian Pizza every day for 48 years. Pizza isn't the only specialty; the eatery's cooks also layer meats onto hoagies and prepare traditional Italian-style entrees such as veal parmigiana. The restaurant's ambiance is warm and comforting, just like its food. Servers pair meals with a roster of beers and wines—some imported from Italy.
The chefs at Mimmo's Restaurant whip up New York–style pizzas, hot subs, pasta dishes, and other Italian-American eats. Seven days a week, you can cruise the huge menu, which includes more than 10 types of calzones, 8-inch subs, and daily specials such as homemade spinach ravioli.
In the kitchen, a brick oven crisps the crusts of gourmet pizzas piled with feta cheese, eggplant, alfredo sauce, and steak. Vivid murals of Roman temples and Italian landscapes overlook the dining room's simple wood-topped tables as guests dig into hot and cold subs, calzones, or strombolis. Traditional Italian dishes, such as chicken parmigiana, compete for attention with pasta dishes, which twirl around forks with the grace of a ballerina leaping into the saddle of an enormous swan.
Gold Coast Pizza’s cooks take a West Coast approach to their pies, piling toppings on thin, crispy crusts made from expertly aged dough. Modeled after Padington's Pizza in Oregon, this shop names its disks after Pacific people, places, and things, such as the three-meated Lewis and Clark, the Ventura Veggie, or the Mount Rainier, renowned for its 2011 culinary eruption of salami and mushrooms and its 1894 actual eruption of lava and mushrooms. The Crescent City sits under a house blend of cheeses and black olives, and Honolulu Gold shimmers under ham and pineapple bits. Alternatively, an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet during lunch hours allows patrons to enjoy as many slices as possible between business meetings. Gold Coast can seat up to 150 people and features a 62-person banquet room. Self-serve fountain sodas wash down each slice more deliciously than a mouth-bound tributary of the Willamette River.:m]]
Spices are powerful. During antiquity, the quest for cloves and pepper helped start wars, inspired exploration, and redraw the map of the known world. Today, in many parts of the world, this power has been domesticated, relegated to calm cabinets and old recipe cards. But, there are still places in the world where spice retains its ability to define a dish and transform those who eat it. Extreme Pizza is just such a place. There, though they don't normally specialize in Indian cuisine, cooks harness the flavors of the subcontinent for their Spice Route pizza. Atop scratch-made dough, spice-packed tandoori chicken joins with red onions, green peppers, and mozzarella cheese, a cross-cultural Italian-Indian combination that brings out the best in both countries' cuisines.
This painstaking attention to flavor is evident in all of Extreme Pizza's 21 specialty pies. From the pineapples and oranges that mingle with Canadian bacon on the Paia Pie to the Aveiro's Portuguese linguiça, smoked bacon, and pepperoncinis, each pizza boasts a creative combination of flavors prepared with the freshest possible meats, cheese, fruits, and veggies. They also embrace individuality; guests are invited to chow down on personal-sized versions of each specialty pie, or design their own pizza using six house-made sauces, nine cheeses, and dozens of toppings including everything from broccoli and roasted potatoes to Thai chicken, shredded BBQ pork, and fresh basil and garlic. They even stay sensitive to dietary restrictions, offering a gluten-free menu filled with rejiggered versions of their favorite pies.
In addition to their eponymous pizzas, cooks also whips up their fresh take on other classic Italian eats. The Bahn In The USA Monster Sub riffs on the classic Vietnamese bahn mi, blending shredded pork and peanuts with the signature trio of jalapeno, carrots, and cilantro. On the calzone front, the Big Wednesday packs its pocket of dough with carmelized onions, Italian sausage, and pepperoni held together by a two-cheese blend and a thick dollop of tomato sauce. With all of these options and more to choose from, it's no wonder that the restaurant routinely rakes in awards from outlets including Entrepreneur Magazine and Ernst & Young.