Colonel Eure opened his first pizza restaurant in 1964 and when time came to open another franchise five years later, he named it Gatti's Pizza in honor of his wife's maiden name. The Gatti's Pizza empire steadily expanded over the next four decades, thanks in part to a commitment to high-quality ingredients such as real cheese, yeast-risen dough made fresh daily, and a 16-ingredient secret sauce protected by Swiss bankers. Today, chefs prepare specialty pies such as the barbecue chicken and bacon double cheeseburger pizza and bake custom creations from a choice of 17 toppings and three crust options. Along with many other Gatti's locations, the Frankfort locale houses a big-screen TV, a game room, a moose calling room, and a full bumper-car track.
At Extreme Pizza, chefs take fresh ingredients and crusts baked in house, and turn them into never-before-seen pizza creations crowned with toppings such as mandarin oranges, black beans, and spicy tandoori sauce. Guests sink their teeth into regular, wheat, or gluten-free pies, and can eat at the restaurant or order their pies to go, and bake them at home. Toasty calzones, subs piled high with fillings, and sweet slices of cheesecake complete the menu.
Every day, Snappy Tomato Pizza’s cooks mix high-protein flour in 60-quart mixers to create the fresh dough that gives the restaurant’s pies their signature taste. They adorn each round pizza crust with mozzarella cheese, fresh vegetables, and sauce crafted from the tomatoes of select California growers. They carefully separate tomatoes by acid content, with only the best ones used for sauce and the worst ones saved to throw at any smug looking teenagers. Oven-baked hoagie sandwiches, Tyson chicken wings, and cinnabreads topped with cinnamon streusel and vanilla icing round out the full menu.
The most difficult decision to be made at Giovannis Pizza is where to begin the meal. The buffet table includes not only pizza and pasta, but also a baked-potato bar, garlic bread, and a 30-item salad bar with housemade ranch and blue- cheese dressings. At any point in the meal, sweet cravings can find satisfaction in bowls of ice cream or squares of brownies. Diners who like to taunt hungry birds can take their plates to tables outside.
Sutton's, located in Lexington, Kentucky, is known as the Italian restaurant with an American pub. The restaurant was started by the Mastarone family, who moved from Italy to Kentucky and continued their passion for great food. Today, the restaurant is family owned and operated and specializes in fresh produce delivered by local farmers. Many of the menu items are freshly made, including the sausage, which is freshly ground. Bread is baked fresh daily. The lunch menu starts at $7 and includes delicious dishes like the eggplant parmesan with garlic bread. Diners will have a hard time choosing from the extensive dinner menu, which includes all the favorite pastas such as linguini, penne, and spaghetti. Gnocchi is also available and pairs well with any dish. Desserts include their signature bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce. Sutton’s has an extensive wine list, and also serves cocktails and beer. Their special banquet room is available for private parties but call ahead for reservations. The Pub at Sutton’s has drink specials and happy hours daily.
Roosters is both a popular stop for Kentucky sports fans and its players—it’s not unusual to spy one of the university’s basketball players perched at a table, wiping his hands after downing a large basket of wings. It's these wings, fried in soy oil with no trans fat and doused with 1 of 11 sauces, that command the most attention on a menu full of hand-breaded chicken fingers, thick burgers, and oven-baked subs. Their sauces run the gamut of heat, from mild teriyaki to medium-hot sweet thai chili to the Super Killer, the sauce that delivers more kick than a Rockette on a caffeine buzz.
Walls paneled in blond wood to match the tables and floors recall a modern-day Old West saloon, with a stone fireplace standing tall at one wall. After seeing a big win on one of the flat-screen televisions lining the walls, diners can take advantage of the lofted ceilings to create a victory pyramid.