The family that owns La Famiglia Pizzeria prepares Italian recipes passed down through the generations. The chefs bake square Sicilian-style pies and thin-crust pan pizzas, layering fresh, housemade dough with flavorful toppings such as meatballs, grilled shrimp, and other proteins. They also toss pasta with made-from-scratch sauces and assemble light paninis or hearty cheesesteaks. In the warmer months, diners can take advantage of outdoor seating.
The staff at John’s Pizza served their first hand tossed pie more than a decade ago and have been twirling dough ever since. Today, the menu contains an array of hot and cold subs, along with baked pasta dishes. Chefs top 16-inch pizzas with crisp veggies and meats such as sliced meatballs. Diners can enjoy slices inside the dining room or take their pizza to go with take-out and delivery options.
The dough slingers at Uncle Carmines University dish-up 16-inch rounds loaded with cheese to form the bulwark of meals. Like the best break-dancers, Cluck-U wings are boneless and wearing a spicy outfit of one of seven sauces, graded by heat. Mild-mannered tongues opt for honey hickory, and the bravest of taste buds prove their mettle with a thermo-nuclear sauce, with a two-liter soda on call to prevent mouth meltdowns. Game-day hosts peruse the ample catering menu to order trays of penne alla vodka ($35/half tray; $65/full tray), and monster-mash hostesses request a meaty london broil loaded with potatoes, onions, and garlic to keep vampires from hogging the bag toss ($55/half tray; $100 full tray).
A few hours before Mamma Mia Pizzeria opens for the day, the chefs turn on the ovens and begin to prepare their pizzas, scattering dough with specialty toppings like fresh mozzarella, grilled chicken, and homemade tomato garlic sauce. They arrange the colorful pies along the pristine front counter, alongside bowls of freshly baked garlic-bread knots and baskets of the crusty baguettes they slice up for Boar's Head meat subs. The pizzeria fare soon makes its way out to diners relaxing in an area with colorful pennants and sports photographs adorning the walls.
At Coal, chefs stoke fiery coals inside the kitchen's pizza oven, which bakes the eatery's signature thin-crust pizzas at temperatures of up to 800 degrees. Pizzas emerge from the oven with a lightly charred, crispy crust and crowned with toppings such as meatballs, prosciutto, truffle oil, and caramelized onions. Coal also bakes its sandwiches in the pizza oven, including the saltimbocca Giorgio, with prosciutto and mozzarella on housemade bread, and roasts its chicken wings over the same glowing embers.