The cooks at Gino's Pizza craft delectable pies from scratch using a family recipe passed from father to daughter. The menu tempts customers to smother white or wheat crust in any of 16 toppings, from salami and sun-dried tomatoes to maraschino cherries, to create a 14-inch one-topping pizza feast ($6.99, $1.50/additional topping). Treat taste buds to house specialty pies such as the Ranchera pizza, which tosses together long-lost cousins chorizo, jalapeños, ham, and onion ($11.99). The hawaiian pizza invites pineapple, ham, and maraschino cherries to relax beneath a swaying palm tree ($11.99). Diversify a meal with a side of breadsticks with sauce ($2.99 for eight), or chomp on hot wings ($5.99 for eight) to commemorate Icarus's ascent towards the sun.
More than half a century of creating Italian ingestibles has helped Cappetto's Italian Restaurant master its culinary capabilities. Diners searching for authentic Etruscan eats can begin with bruschetta pomodoro, whose toasty bread is loaded with a mingling of oven-roasted, chopped Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil ($5.65). A pepperoni sandwich offers a quarter-pound of spicy pepperoni on a french roll, with the option of adding homemade meat sauce ($4.75), and a 12-inch pizza primavera apologizes for its meatlessness by presenting broccoli, carrots, snow peas, zucchini, and artichoke hearts with sprinklings of mozzarella and provolone ($13.95). Indecisive pasta fans can select the pasta combination, which manages unmade minds with lasagna, manicotti, spaghetti, rigatoni, and chicken ravioli, all treading in delicious meat sauce on a single plate ($13.95).
Along with an arsenal of pizza possibilities, Casa Pizza serves an eclectic mix of Italian and Greek delicacies including authentic gyros ($4.69), meaty homemade lasagna ($8.45), and eggplant-laden moussaka ($8.45). Complement a colorful greek salad ($5.95) with a large pizza (starting at $10.75) that embraces heaps of cheese and tomato sauce with your choice of palatable pie packers. If your stomach still rumbles like a wooden-wheeled unicycle sputtering down a gravel hill, feast upon the meaty hot pastrami sandwich ($5.10–$6.75) with a super side dish of spaghetti and meatballs ($7.45). End your decadent meal with a piece of homemade baklava ($1.75) served in a regulation-sized gondola.
They had a great name—borrowed from Puccini’s famous opera—and a solid concept, but the owners of Tosca Stone Oven Pizzeria still hadn’t perfected their foundation: the crust. Luckily, an alliance formed between the Tosca crew and Antonio Giner, owner of the now-closed Sunset Pizzeria. Eager to keep his famous crust alive, Giner helped the Tosca crew perfect their oven-baked crust and taught them how to deal with dough that refuses to rise. Today, Tosca tops a crisp base with either a red marinara or white roasted-garlic sauce before piling on toppings such as homemade sausage and mango pico de gallo. The staff doesn't just use their stone oven to create decadent pizza, but also to bake calzones, sandwiches, and homemade pasta dishes.
At Crust, Mark Heins and his team put a gourmet spin on classic Italian cuisine, making even the most familiar dishes memorable. According to one El Paso Times writer, “If you're ever going to eat spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant, this is that restaurant.” Pizzas topped with broccoli rabe and ricotta, short ribs braised in red wine, and house-cured duck prosciutto are just a few specialties. Sears also dreams up off-menu recipes each day to highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients. Patrons can sip craft beers, cocktails, and robust wines within Crust’s chic interior or bring them outside to a patio.
A notoriously calorie-heavy food gets a makeover at The Healthy Pizza Company. Its pizza makers take great care to make their pizzas nutritious, beginning with the crust. They use either 100% organic whole-wheat flour or almond flour, for those on the paleo diet, for their dough, which they twirl into fresh pizzas every morning. They also blend sauces from fresh ingredients every morning. And when it comes to toppings, only lean meats and cheeses make the cut, due to their low calorie counts and minimal saturated fat. After pizzas are assembled, they cook to bubbly brown in about three minutes thanks to a high-tech oven. Try unusual pizzas, such as the Hummus Yummus, chicken marinara, or hawaiian.