Within a casual yet stately dining room decorated with ornate paintings and baroque chandeliers, Tour de Italy creates captivating Italian comfort fare with a wealth of succulent ingredients and impeccably fresh dough. With this deal, you can choose from Tour de Italy’s 15 specialty pizzas, which are decked with a wealth of tempting toppings and concocted to display the flavors of a specific Italian region. The Tour de Napoli gives dough devotees a familiar mix of flavors, blending pepperoni, sausage, onion, mushrooms, and green and roasted peppers atop a Sicilian red sauce. Sing all 940 verses of the Italian national anthem before digging into the Tour de Pescara, which provides a light foundation to its steak, portabello mushrooms, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. The buffalo chicken pizza brings familiar bar fare to more refined heights, as a ranch or blue cheese base is adorned with marinated chicken breast, cheese, bacon, and onions. Though not covered with today's Groupon, Tour de Italy also creates hearty calzones, stromboli, and hoagie melts to satisfy hungry hands beneath its olive-colored ambience.
Baci Italian Cuisine serves a collection of authentic Italian fare during lunch and dinner hours. Aquatic appetites can nosh a seafood appetizer such as the fried calamari ($8), then finish meals with homemade manicotti made with ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese ($6–$29). Noodlers can try the carbonara, which combines prosciutto, parmesan, and fettuccini ($9–$35). Then after dinner, a piece of tiramisu will please palates with espresso-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa ($5), and a cup of cappuccino prolongs another night spent dreaming of steel children and living motorcycles ($3).
Since 1977, Partners II Pizza has been stifling rumbling stomachs with a pizza-centric menu consisting of gourmet pies, calzones, specialty sandwiches, pastas, and more. Gastrogeometrists can quell cravings for circular foods with a veggie pizza ($15.65 for 12")––a doughy tray baked while holding sauce, mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers, black and green olives, and extra cheese––or relish the zest of a potato specialty pizza ($9.90 for small), which is pizza-shaped dough topped with sour cream and layered with potatoes, green onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese. With an expansive menu and lack of fire-breathing waiters, Partners II Pizza is the perfect place for a pie-sharing first date or for people with meltable eyebrows.
Baci di Roma caters to connoisseurs of Italian cuisine with a comprehensive menu and ample drink selection. While perusing the many enticing entrées, appease ravenous relatives with an order of the bruchetta, a toasty antipasti topped with buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil, and olive oil ($8.50). The rich fettuccine gorgonzola in alfredo sauce ($16.50) performs a mouth-mambo as its partners—artichoke, chicken, and walnut—waltz across the tongue in glamorous glides, eradicating memories of canned imitations performing clumsy congas. Augment your feast with a bottle of traditional Italian beer, a glass of red or white wine, or a bubbly chalice of Italian soda.
With roots that trace back decades to its first location on the Syracuse University campus, it's not surprising that Johnny's Pizza chooses to continue perfecting their New York-style pies in various other locations. The chefs' hand-tossed dough can be topped with the fresh ingredients of your choosing or made into one of 16 specialty pizzas, including the steak and cheese with onions, mushrooms, and green peppers. Pizza dough also doubles as the shell for calzones and stromboli, while 10.5-inch personal pizzas come in a gluten-free version. Oven-baked subs are layered with meatballs or Italian sausage and pasta dinners feature home-cooked classics such as lasagna and chicken parmigiana, but without the smoke-filled kitchen that comes with so many home-cooked meals.