Green Papaya Organic Thai Café bequeaths bare dishes and vacant stomachs with gluten-free and dairy-free Thai cuisine using ingredients from local farms and vendors. Nestled within contemporary environs with marble floors and oversized portraits of bodhisattvas, diners can eat up Green Papaya's menu of delectable Thai delicacies. Coax appetites into being with starters such as the porpia sot which snuggles cabbage, carrots, lettuce, mint, cilantro, and basil in a rice-paper sleeping bag alongside a mighty triumvirate of peanut, apricot, and fig sauce ($6.95). Crunchy opaka tops crispy-fried snapper with ginger and tamarind sauce, arriving with an entourage of rice and papaya salad ($8.95 for lunch, $11.95 for dinner). Specialty dishes include thai sausages, slipping pork and thai spices into a swanky sausage-casing overcoat. Try the goon chiang for thai sweet pork sausage ($8.95 for lunch, $11.95 for dinner) or the uer prick gang featuring red-curry pork sausage ($8.95 for lunch, $11.95 for dinner), both escorted by rice and salad. Abate the fiery aftereffects of a spicy meal with coconut ice cream ($3.95), using coconuts plucked at the peak of freshness from Antarctic palm trees.
No man is an island, but Mazzi's proves that an island can be a man's muse. Since 1970, founder Frank Ernandes has looked to his father's former home?Favignana, an island off of western Sicily?for culinary inspiration. His menu prioritizes authenticity in both flavor and preparation, relying on locally sourced ingredients and homestyle cooking methods to give entrees their rustic edge. Before being crushed into the house pesto sauce or edible confetti, basil leaves arrive from the restaurant's own farm. Tomatoes and vegetables reach the kitchen from other nearby harvests. And the bread, fettuccine, and sausage are all housemade.
Mazzi's design also recalls its pastoral island roots. Around a villa-like exterior, blossoms cascade from hanging flowerpots and water burbles down the stone steps of a fountain. Stained-glass depictions of vines and grapes spiral on the windows, looking in on the dining room and its two fireplaces?glowing fixtures that helped Mazzi's earn a spot on Yahoo! Voices' list of Eugene's most romantic restaurants. The venue is no stranger to awards for its food, either. In 2011, it won second place in the Register-Guard's Italian category and took the same spot in Eugene Weekly's The Best of Eugene 2012?2013.
Question Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar chefs on how their pizzas acquire a rich, smoky flavor, and they'll point you toward the wood-fired oven that burns brightly near the restaurant's main entrance. Inside its superheated walls, pans of crusty crostini, lasagna, and thin-crust pizzas bake at high temperatures that seal in juices and bring out flavor. After checking on pizzas, chefs return to the kitchen, where they fold fresh herbs, premium meats, and fresh seafood into the pastas and regional Italian classics lauded by reporters from Ethos magazine.
Diners at Ambrosia await their meals amid the high ceilings, exposed-brick walls, and rustic accents of a multilevel dining room. Behind an antique wood bar, servers blend specialty cocktails and uncork bottles from the restaurant?s extensive Italian wine list, which was honored with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. On the first Wednesday of the month, staffers host a wine event in their private tasting room, where guests intent on honing their wine skills can learn about different varietals or practice juggling water balloons filled with fine champagne.
Specializing in East Coast–style pizza made with the freshest ingredients, Bambinos offers an extensive menu of primo pies and other casual comestibles in a fun, family-friendly environment. Whet your appetite with a savory sampling of garlic knots ($0.25 each), baked hot wings ($7.50), or Bambino’s wide selection of salads ($3.50 and up). Each of Bambino’s gourmet pizzas sets out in the world equipped with hand-stretched, homemade dough—available in traditional white or whole wheat—fresh tomato sauce carefully crafted according to a secret recipe, real mozzarella cheese, and the blessings and prayers of its delicious family and friends. With more than 30 toppings (locally grown whenever possible), Bambinos offers a circular concoction to please every taste bud, from the carnivorous charms of the six-meat mafia meat lover’s special ($18.50 and up) to Haley's veggie garden pizza ($17.50 and up). Guests with allergies to disc-shaped dinners can also opt for 7-layer lasagna ($9.50) or papa’s meatball sub ($7.25), oft enjoyed by mamas, uncles, and strangers posing as distant cousins. Bambinos brownie sundaes ($3.25) and slices of creamy cheesecake ($3) are available to indulge post-meal sweet-toothery.
On Thursdays–Sundays at Custom Pizza, housemade dough is rolled into flat rounds, aerated to ensure even cooking and prevent bubbles, and then decorated with classic and creative toppings and housemade sauce. Patrons can call ahead for delectable pies such as the garlic-chicken pizza—topped with a creamy white sauce, bacon, onions, and chicken—then take them home and bake them to cement their status as hunter-gatherer king of the household. Or they can grab a seat inside or outside, supping on pies and calzones topped or stuffed with canadian bacon, salami, mushroom, and jalapeños. On Friday or Saturday, they can lure wings, pizza, breadsticks, and soda right to their doorsteps thanks to Custom Pizza’s delivery service (valid within a 10-mile radius of the shop).
At Countryside Pizza & Grill, chefs start each day making two ingredients from scratch: pizza dough and sauce. At the first call, the pizza professors begin to roll the prepped dough with garlic butter, adding layers of sauce, mozzarella, and toppings—including pesto sauce, bacon, and jalapeños—to ensure a savory pie that is as piping hot as it is packed with freshness. But, as the name suggests, there's more to the eatery than food shaped like a 1491 model of earth. The chefs also make calzones, burgers, and steak and seafood entrees such as top sirloin or wild Pacific salmon.