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.
Buffalo Brothers Pizza & Wing Company transplants the signature cuisine of Buffalo, New York to North Carolina, spicing up pizza, wings, and wraps with house buffalo sauce. The eatery's trademark pizza covers dough in a blue-cheese base and tops it with mozzarella and wing sauce. The cooks spin wings in nearly 20 flavors of sauces and finish 8-ounce burgers with items such as jalapeños, sautéed onions, bacon.
Bada Bing's menu features a plentiful selection of authentic New York–style pizza and Italian sandwiches. Sate burgeoning grumbles with a starter of mozzarella sticks ($6.95) and a slice of any specialty ($3.25), Sicilian ($2.95), or regular ($2.50) pizza, or sink your teeth into the three-dimensionality of a classic meatball parmigiana sandwich (meatballs, tomato, and mozzarella, $7.95). Split a gigantic 18" pie, such as the Godfather (meatball, pepperoni, sausage, onions, and peppers, $20.95) or Carmela's veggie (broccoli, spinach, peppers, mushrooms, onions, and black olives, $15.95), or start with a 12" cheese Sicilian ($11.95) and add toppings to create a monstrous-looking but noble-tasting Frankenpizza of your own design (toppings $1.00–$2.50). Call to have a hot, piping pie ready to carry out or head to Bada Bing for a festively foldable meal with slightly less foldable friends.
A staple of Hillsborough Street, Two Guys Restaurant fuses tasty American and Italian eats with its deep and varied menu. Instead of dousing drive-thru burgers in tomato sauce, visitors can sample Amer-Italian eats such as broiled chopped sirloin steak ($12.95), eggplant parmigiana ($11.75), lasagna ($12.95), and a shrimp calzone ($10.29). Hunger-addled diners can also opt to feast fangs on sandwiches such as a hot roast beef and gravy sandwich ($7.95) or a Wolfpack Special ($7.95), combining lean steak, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and the unbridled enthusiasm of Alexander Q. Holladay's ghost on a Kaiser roll.
Before opening up Capri Restaurant in 2000, owner Dino Pinelli worked as a restaurateur in the French Riviera, on Caribbean cruise ships, and in New York. These experiences helped him develop a simple, yet universally appealing philosophy around food: if you wouldn't serve it to your family, don't serve it to customers. He and his kitchen team showcase this ironclad ethos in each dish served at Capri, from the lunches of caprese paninis made with fresh mozzarella to the hearty, rustic dinners of spaghetti carbonara, dijon-crusted salmon, and tender veal saltimbocca. The restaurant's soothing crimson walls and cloth-clad tables help the dedicated staff cultivate a romantic ambience, but the team can also eschew the elegant digs to cater for 700 people at weddings, large office celebrations, or the birthday parties of children who are absurdly popular.
zpizza— voted best pizza in Raleigh by CitySearch and Best Pizza in Cary by WakeCary Magazine —is known for its inventive, California-style pizzas: think zesty Thai-style chicken pizza with peanut sauce and cilantro, or Mexican-style pizza loaded with taco fixings. But even a simple cheese or pepperoni pizza from zpizza is sure to be memorable. That's because the restaurant's cooks use only top-shelf ingredients in their brick-oven-baked pies, from the Montana winter wheat that goes into their hand-thrown crusts to the organic tomato sauce and Wisconsin skim mozzarella layered on top. Diners can customize pizzas with other toppings, including locally sourced meats, fresh produce, and gourmet ingredients such as truffle oil.