For the past 20 years, the chefs at Sammios Italian have been perfecting a luscious meat-sauce recipe. The rich tomato gravy studded with tender, savory meat arrives at tables over platters of noodles—spaghetti, lasagna, and ziti, to be specific. In addition to pasta, the chefs marinate pork chops in their own seasoning blend and bread eggplant before smothering it with parmesan cheese. In addition to the dining room, meals are also served amid fresh air on the patio. There, servers continue to roll out dishes such as rib-eye steaks stamped with the USDA’s seal of approval—the outline of a cow waving a white flag.
Led by owner and head chef Liz Varnedoe, Bella Villa’s culinary wizards continue their nearly quarter-century-long tradition of crafting made-to-order Sicilian dishes, which populate a fresh, ever-evolving menu. Warm up digestive engines with a scale re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood log cabin constructed of Italian cheese sticks ($5.95) before diving into eggplant parmigiana ($8.95) or meat-laden gnocchi bolognese ($9.95). Specialty pizzas include the protein-packed Bella Villa Special, loaded with pepperoni, meatballs, and sausage ($16 for a large), and the cheesivore-pleasing white pizza topped with ricotta and mozzarella ($12 for a large). The eatery’s affinity for its clientele is reflected in menu selections suggested by and named after loyal customers, including Lee’s lobster ravioli ($14.95) and Wallace’s complimentary glass of water.
Even the most inexperienced pizza architects can build-their-own slices of heaven using Marco's abundant arsenal of pizza toppings such as Italian sausage, mushrooms, pineapple, and anchovies. Scope out Marco's menu in person or try their easy online ordering system, which lets hungry web-crawlers specify the amount of cheese and sauce they'd like slapped on top of freshly baked crusts and homemade sauce. For a finishing touch, pair the edible masterpiece with a complimentary sprinkle of crust seasoning or a side of Ranch dressing. Marco's oven overseers are able to prepare pizzas in 15 minutes upon request, providing a quick solution for feeding hungry packs of ninjas, turtles, and ninja-turtle hybrids.
Gabriella's serves up a menu of customizable pizzas alongside classic Italian pastas, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. A starter of crispy calamari ($6.95) primes taste buds for entrees such as chicken marsala served with pasta and italian bread ($8.95). An 18-inch pizza arrives fresh from the oven with an array of toppings ($10.50), such as pepperoni, banana peppers, and spinach ($1.50 each), while a personal pizza ($5.25), like a studio apartment, offers the freedom to arrange toppings ($0.75 each) however you'd like within 10 inches of personal space. Diners can twist fettuccine alfredo around forks with a choice of chicken or shrimp ($8.95–$9.95) before ending meals on a sweet note with a homemade cannoli ($2.75).
Domino's recently reformulated its pizza recipe, which puts the buyer in command of a plentitude of pie-personalizing possibilities. Test the sturdiness of a hand-tossed thin crust with mounds of hearty marinara, ham, chicken, green peppers, black olives, and spinach, or fill a deep-dish foundation with alfredo sauce, bacon, onions, jalapeños, fresh mushrooms, and banana peppers. While delicious design options stretch into infinity like a taffy pull in a black hole, the eatery's specialty pizzas make choosing more manageable. Peruse pies like the MeatZZa Feast, which is piled high with pepperoni, ham, italian sausage, beef, and extra mozzarella, and the Pacific Veggie, a flashy West Coast–concoction of roasted red peppers, spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives, feta, mozzarella, and provolone.
Cooks at Michelangelo's Pizza sprinkle fresh garlic, italian sausage, and green peppers to form custom orders and the specialty pies that make up their daily pizza buffet. Guests can transform their round pie into a square meal with fresh garden salads or sizzling chicken wings coated in teriyaki, barbecue, or buffalo sauces. The imposing lunch and dinner buffets houses pre-sliced pizzas, hearty pastas, and salads to complement sauce-drenched feasting. Dessert options range from peanut-butter, chocolate-chip, and cherry-pie pizzas to cannolis.