Drawing upon decades of experience, the chefs at Guglielmo's Italian Grill & Pizza blend fresh ingredients into daily-made pasta, dough and sauce to craft a menu of authentic Italian cuisine. Bruschetta alla toscana antipasto beckons dinner parties to share bites and play games of Jenga with tuscan bread brushed in olive oil and topped with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. Bolognese sauce drizzles over pasta shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, while veal marsala tells taste buds the story of sautéed mushrooms, wine sauce, and walking 5 miles to school through 3 feet of parade confetti. For piccante gourmet pizza, culinary artisans slather 12-inch dough tapestries with tomato sauce, and then sprinkle on cheese, mushrooms, italian sausage, and pepperoni. Green vines cut across the casual dining room's archways, where patrons sip house wine in comfy booths or highlight the pages of their mouth's instruction manual at tables painted in the glow of wall sconces.
With multiple locations throughout northwest Florida, Helen Back Cafe does its best to ensure that cold drinks and hot comfort foods are always nearby. The eateries' signature items are its hearty pizzas. These hand-tossed pies won the 2012 reader' choice poll for Best Pizza in Emerald Coast Magazine, and Esquire urged readers to visit and, "eat the best pizza you've ever shoved in your sunburned face."
With 17 toppings available—including everything from meatballs and jalapeños to chicken and onion—patrons are able to build their own custom pie from scratch. A small selection of sandwiches and other classic finger foods round out the menus, giving visitors snacks to nibble as they enjoy a frosty beer or cocktail from the bar and listen to the live bands on select Friday and Saturday evenings.
For Helen Back Cafe, keeping customers happy is almost as important as giving back to the communities it serves. The staff regularly provides donations to charitable causes, and Helen Back Cafe proudly supports The Special Ops Warrior Foundation, which helps the dependents of fallen soldiers continue advancing their educations.
The friendly pie purveyors at Vitolli's hand-toss New York–style pizzas in front of yearning customers who peer into the open kitchen. Customize a 14-inch or 18-inch pizza with your choice of more than 20 toppings ($10.99–$17.99), from regular toppings such as Canadian bacon and banana peppers to specialty selections ($1 extra per topping) such as artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. A 16-inch whole stuffed “really stuffed” pizza ($27) can be filled with five or more of your favorite pizza supplements, making it an ideal way to smuggle toppings past pepperoni-sniffing dogs. The pizzeria's large menu also offers a variety of unpizzas, with the abundant array of Italian favorites including a meatball sandwich topped with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella ($5.95) and lemon-and-garlic-shrimp pasta in a crispy bacon alfredo sauce ($11.75). Supplement the feasting by flooding your gullet with a domestic bottle of brew ($2.75) or a soft drink ($1.75) that won’t challenge you to a fight for calling it “soft.”
At Papa's Pizza, a family of pie-tossing perfectionists shares its legacy with a full menu of classic Italian recipes and New York–style pizza. Prep palates with an anti-pasta salad, crafted with a medley of ham, salami, pepperoni, green olives, greek olives, and provolone cheese ($6.99) before ordering one of Papa's Pizza's specialty New York–style cheese pizzas ($14.99). Pasta-lovers can feast on meat or spinach lasagna ($8.49), or try strombolis, which conceal a cache of sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, black olives, and mozzarella cheese that can be discovered by eating excavators ($7.99).