The first Panaretto Trattoria opened in1989 in Italy before a second location opened 20 years later in Fort Lauderdale. And just like in Italy, the chefs build pizzas from scratch, starting with dough and sauce made fresh daily. Stretched crusts cook in a brick oven and arrive at tables on a panaretto, a traditional Venetian wooden serving plate that prevents condensation so crusts stay crispy. Pizzas are topped with classic mushrooms and bacon, as well as more eclectic ingredients such as truffle cream, cured prosciutto ham, and stracchino cheese. The menu also offers traditional Italian entrees, including housemade gnocchi and chicken marsala. For lighter appetites, freshly baked ciabatta bread serves as the base for sandwiches stuffed with meatballs and honey baked ham. In celebration of the myriad dishes made from scratch on the menu, the eatery sells jars of housemade pesto, bolognese, and tomato sauces for customers to enjoy at home or while serving on jury duty.
?The standard question down here is, ?Don?t you ever get tired of doing this?? And we always say, ?It?s better than working?,? Captain Gary Bobrick says in a Sun Sentinel video. It's easy to believe that he enjoys his job because it usually involves piloting a sightseeing boat through Fort Lauderdale's river ways to point out celebrity mansions and massive luxury boats. In addition to views of prime real estate, his tours often afford glimpses of flitting manatees and iguanas lounging along the shores. On the vessel?s lower level, patrons can congregate in an air-conditioned dining room and replenish with tropical punch and ice cream. Along the way, Captain Bobrick or his tour guides impart anecdotes about cultural heavyweights, as well as the role waterways play in fueling the region?s legendary water-balloon fights.
From its skyscraper façade to its menu of New York–style pizzas, paninis named for famous landmarks, and Italian specialties to rival any Little Italy spot—Empire Pizza Café’s New York theme saturates every facet of the restaurant. Thin, crispy crust pizzas range from classic cheese to the creative, such as mashed-potato-bacon and chicken-marsala pies. Wine, bottled beers, and steamy cups of Lavazza cappuccino and espresso pair with upscale fare such as chicken and veal entrees, plates of pasta, and sautéed cummerbunds.:m]]
Riverside Market's menu abounds with breakfast omelettes, savory sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, fresh salads, specialty sodas, and a selection of more than 250 craft beers, all served in an easygoing, neighborhood atmosphere. Morning munchers can select from eight oversized omelettes ($8), all whipped up fresh to order without butter or oil and paired with a potato and breakfast bread. Complete the morning fuel stop with a steaming cup of freshly ground, organic espresso, or coffee. Noontime and evening diners tantalize taste buds with a caprese salad, a fresh mozzarella, tomato, pesto, and basil blend drizzled with balsamic and olive oil ($6). Specialty sandwiches ($7–$9) piled with fresh fixings on a variety of bread options, such as flaky croissants or grilled panini bread. Feast on one of Riverside's 12-inch crispy flatbread pizzas, ranging from traditional pepperoni ($12) to barbeque chicken ($12), which is topped with gouda cheese, onions, and cilantro. Parched patrons can pick from more than 250 craft beers, a brewed bounty so vast that if the staff places all the bottles in a row, the lineup would stretch from Fort Lauderdale to Atlantis.
Old habits die hard for the Delgardios. The family opened its first pizzeria in 1937, setting up shop along Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. This New York connection remained so strong that when the Delgardio family opened a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale in 1976, they chose to name it GG's of New York.
The third generation of family members now runs the casual, family-style pizzeria and Italian eatery, using decades-old recipes to prepare everything from lasagna and manicotti to shrimp scampi and veal Milanese. Thick, Sicilian-style pizzas can emerge from the ovens with as many as 18 different toppings, or even handfuls of the available gourmet toppings, including steak and calamari.
From the red-checkered tablecloths to the black-and-white photographs on the brick walls, GG's of New York aims to create an inviting, homestyle vibe. According to the Sun Sentinel, "it's like having a meal at your Italian grandparents' home—even if you're not Italian."
Hungry Howie’s grew into a nation-spanning franchise from a humble start in Taylor, Michigan in 1973, when founder Jim Hearn converted a hamburger stand into a pizzeria. With the help of business partner Steve Jackson––who started as a delivery man at the original location––the two men franchised a decade later and began expanding their delicious operation, eventually expanding to nearly 600 locations spread across 24 states in the 3rd dimension alone. Winner of Pizza Today magazine’s Chain of the Year award in 2004, Hungry Howie’s continues to earn the most attention for its specialty flavored crust pizzas––which infuse dough with a choice of eight seasonings such as ranch or garlic herb––as well as zesty pizza accompaniments such as oven-baked meatball and chicken parm subs.