The Manhattan Pie Co. quells hunger uprisings with a menu spilling over with hand-tossed New York–style pizzas, pastas, subs, and more. Like ice cream and bridal parties, the jumbo wings come in a varied number of sizes and flavors, such as spicy or mild buffalo, honey or mesquite barbecue, teriyaki, and parmesan garlic ($7.99 for 10). Circle seekers can choose from more than 30 different thin-crust specialty pizzas, or craft their own from 10 different types of cheese and 25 gourmet toppings.
Milano Trattoria’s new location ensconces diners in a cozy atmosphere redolent of Old World virtues and simple, well-made recipes. Sautéed mushrooms cap toasted bread and feta cheese with their buttery flavor in the bruschetta con funghi, the natural flavors of which are accented by sprinkled parsley shaped into an interrobang. The cannelloni’s hand-rolled pasta embraces ricotta-imbued ground beef, and the simmering marinara sauce of the eggplant parmigiana inundates the baked layers of vegetables and cheese in a rich tomato sauce. Sweet-sensing taste buds tingle for the Nutella-stuffed crepe, a favorite of the owner’s family and a role model for staid, syrup-topped pancakes everywhere.
Inspired by the artists living around him in Laguna Beach, Sid Fanarof sought to do something creative in the kitchen. The result was zpizza, which now has locations across the globe, each filled with bustling chefs experimenting with ingredients traditionally associated with Indian, Californian, and Mexican cuisine. Pizzas use organic vegetables and skim-milk mozzarella, and their organic wheat flour bakes over an open flame to a crisp finish. “If you don’t hear the crunch, it’s not a zpizza,” Fanarof says of the crusts on his website. Chefs first slather the crusts with sweet basil pesto, roasted-garlic sauce, or organic tomato sauce. Their hands flutter across, sprinkling on fistfuls of toppings such as MSG-free pepperoni, additive-free sausage, three types of mushrooms, roasted eggplant, and pine nuts. Vegan cheese and gluten-free crusts allow everyone to enjoy the pizzas except for those trying to hide the fact that they superglued their mouths closed.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.
At Garlic Breath Pizza Company, chefs roll crust by hand from dough risen and kneaded from scratch each morning. Each pizza dons inventive toppings, evoking the flavors of tacos and chili dogs. Some pies pair tater tots with onions, or celebrate vegetables in the case of the Tree Hugger pie with tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers. Pastas, such as chicken fettuccine alfredo, salads, and hot, hearty sandwiches help round out the menu, which Garlic Breath delivers throughout Round Rock free of charge.
Mangia's clever chefs cook up a panoply of American and Italian delights, including the signature Chicago–style deep-dish pizza replete with towering, buttery crust and heaps of cheese and tomato sauce. Build your own circular masterpiece by slathering toppings such as chicken, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, and more onto signature stuffed ($5.10/6", $19.25/14") or traditional thin-crust ($4.35/6", $13.65/14") pies, flat enough to slide into mouths or under doors. East Coast eaters can enjoy the grilled rib eye or grilled-chicken philly cheesesteak, served on a 7-inch roll with white american cheese ($7.29), and those craving south-of-the-border sustenance can warm insides with a bowl of tortilla soup ($4.75). A selection of soft drinks ($2.15) and desserts, including Mangia's Ooey Gooey brownie ($3.95, $5.45 with ice cream), round out the meals.