For more than 40 years, Rich & Charlie’s menu of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and classic Italian pasta, seafood, and chicken has fostered higher states of romantic consciousness and the ability to communicate with meatballs. Bid hunger adieu with a baker’s dozen of toasted ravioli pieces ($9.99) or cheese garlic bread ($4.29), then scarf a serving of Rich & Charlie’s famous salad with pimentos, red onions, artichoke hearts, and a generous dose of secret salad dressing ($4.39). Lunch specials include eggplant parmigiano drenched with meat sauce and molten Italian cheese ($7.99). During dinner, weigh the spheres on a classic Italian meatball sandwich ($7.59), or calculate the exact circumference of a deluxe pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni, and a slew of health-restoring vegetables ($13.49/small, $15.69/large). After rescuing a plate of fettuccine alfredo ($10.99) from a cheesy mortality, sample the rich ice-creaminess of peanut-butter friazo ($4.49), topped with chocolate sauce, peanut mousse, Reese’s peanut-butter cups, and a signed page from George Washington Carver’s recipe book.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day. After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven, in a pottery kiln, or over a pile of burning cookbooks. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the Cowboy ($13.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives, or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($15.49 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an Herb Chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for the family size), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach, and veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian ($14.99) option, which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with a chicken Caesar salad ($5.99), an order of cheesy bread ($3.99), or a two-liter soda ($2.49).
When founders J. Kim Tucci, Joseph A. Fresta, and John P. Ferrara first opened The Pasta House Co. in 1974, they wanted to elevate pasta to an art form. “Some artists sculpt, some paint, and some sketch,” they write on the restaurant’s website. “But, at The Pasta House Co., we create authentic Italian culinary delights.” A few of the locations even have giant, exhibition kitchens so you can watch as pizzas, pastas, and entrees come to life.
Naturally, The Pasta House Co.’s menu revolves around the Italian staple from which it gets its name. There are more than 25 varieties of pasta to choose from, including linguine with chicken livers and the signature lasagna, plus weekday specials such as stuffed manicotti. Meanwhile, the mangia bene menu—which translates to “eat well” in Italian—showcases the more wholesome side of Italian eating, with dishes low in fat and calories that won’t peer pressure you to break curfew.