The menu at Ruggero’s offers a wide variety of Italian favorites: bruschetta, fettuccine alfredo, veal parmigiana, baked manicotti, chicken marsala, shrimp scampi, pizza, calzones, and seven varieties of lasagna. Of course, the selection wouldn’t be complete without the country’s signature desserts making an appearance. Chefs pump cannolis with bavarian cream, slice espresso-flavored pieces of tiramisu, and serve spumoni—an Italian-style ice-cream cake with a nougat center.
Waiters bring this bounty of Italian food out to an elegant carpeted dining area where framed art hugs swirling green wallpaper. Wide sconces blend their photons with the ones coming in through the front wall’s windows, and a fireplace casts warmth on guests. Adjacent to a row of padded booths stands a full bar, rife with liquor and enough sleekly stained wood cabinets to make Paul Bunyan cry an actual river.
A brick oven imbues each of Luigi’s Restaurant’s pizzas with a distinct flavor and crispy crust. Chefs adorn these bubbling hot discs with 20 toppings that range from veggies such as jalapeños and mushrooms to meaty morsels of hamburger and pepperoni. They also handcraft their own spinach ravioli, meatballs, soups, lasagna, and abstract finger paintings. Servers deliver these lovingly prepared meals to tables, which populate an intimate dining room decorated with framed photographs.
Sure, most people come to John's Steak House Pizzeria for the handcrafted pizzas. But those constitute only a fraction of the menu; the rest is filled out with Italian-American classics such as jumbo cheese ravioli, pizza burgers (yes, pizza burgers), and breadsticks made fresh daily. The chefs here don't cut corners on any recipe, whether they're hand-battering fish, rolling out meatballs, or slicing up fries with a machete.
Carpeted in verdant grass and shaded by massive trees, the 18-hole course at Tropical Falls Miniature Adventure Golf winds among small ponds, gushing fountains, and cascading waterfalls. Elsewhere, machines churn out pitches ranging from soft lobs to 80 mph fastballs in seven on-site batting cages, and three beach-volleyball courts host spring and summer leagues open to all, even human crabs prone to popping the ball during the serve.
Every Friday and Saturday night, the new speaker system at Joe's Garage Sports Pub is put to the test as local bands play crowd-pleasing tunes late into the night. Sports games constantly blast across 16 televisions?including a 50-inch flat screen hanging above a fireplace flanked by a squad of leather seats. Vintage metal, neon, and mirrored auto and beer signs characterize the industrial chic decor, and beers slide down a 40-foot red corian-topped bar into patrons? hands. The eclectic menu quells cravings for pasta, barbecue sandwiches, pizza, and homemade soup. After guests are adequately sated, they can test their arcade skills on the golfing, hunting, and sleeping simulators.
G's Pizzeria has always been about family. It started as a mom-and-pop pizzeria founded by the Gealy family's very own mom and pop, Sharon and Arthur. And as G's grew into a franchise, that tradition only strengthened, with new members of the family joining the business. Other traditions remain alive and well here, too, such as the family's breadstick recipe (freshly baked spears topped with garlic butter and parmesan cheese) and, of course, the pizzas, all made with a secret dough and sauce recipe. But not everything at G's is strictly traditional; just look further down the menu, where you'll find Mexican-inspired burritos, nachos, and quesadillas.