Bonafede-family matriarch Anita started JoJo's Pizza Kitchen more than four decades ago, and her discerning taste for ingredients is still identifiable in the menu. Though her son Joe, who napped on flour sacks in the back of the restaurant as a child, now runs the eatery, fresh basil and plum tomatoes grown in Stanislaus County still release aromas that hint at sun-soaked furrows. Through a dining room window, guests catch glimpses of chefs tossing freshly risen dough for pizzas or smaller chefs for their adorable giggles. They grate fresh parmesan cheese as wine cooks slowly down with mushrooms on the stovetop and chicken marinates in lemon and garlic. Servers bustle past, filling glasses with house wines or draft beers.
When it came time for the team at Johnny Carino?s to come up with some new recipes, they began rifling through their personal cooking histories. Executive chef Chris Peitersen took his first kitchen job at a barbecue joint when he was 14, so he was primed to create Italian baby back ribs. By infusing brown sugar barbecue sauce with balsamic vinegar imported from Modena, he?s given the marinade a more acidic bite than typical barbecue sauces. As the ribs slowly roast and char on an oak grill, he bastes on his creation before finishing the dish with a dusting of parmesan.
The ribs are one of Carino?s many menu items that follow the restaurants? approach of classic Italian preparations modified by forward-thinking flavor combinations. Diners will find a crispy pepperoni burger capped with mozzarella and fried pepperoni, or saut?ed tilapia spiced with garlic and jalape?o. Other signature dishes include the 16-layer lasagna, Skilletinis that sizzle with spaghetti and a choice of meat, and tiramisu made from scratch.
My N.Y. Pizza's dough-kneading chefs spin an Italian-inspired menu highlighted by sauce-slathered pizza. Personally decorated dough rings ($14.50 for small one-topping, $1.25 / additional topping) fuse art and mastication like Da Vinci's Last Spaghetti Supper with toothsome toppings such as salami, artichokes, and jalapenos. Calzones and stromboli ($6.99 / individual size) roll up meats and veggies in pockets of cheese and flaky crust, whereas sandwiches—including the roast beef, ham, and turkey-infused Amir's Awesome Special ($7.99 / 6")—use bread to border an army of deli cuts and vegetable accouterments. Daily fresh-made spaghetti sauce pours over a host of pastas such as the spaghetti with meat sauce special ($10.99), which sports two garlic-bread-slice escorts and a medium salad.
Wake snoozing taste buds with a hearty starter such as mozzarella suprema breadsticks adorned with natural cheese and herbs ($3.95 side; $5.95 large) before moving onto a signature fire-roasted pie. An authentic terra-cotta oven blasts RedBrick's prided circles with more than 1,000 degrees of heat, alchemically transforming their base dough into crispy gold in less than three minutes. Enjoy stationary drive-in dining with a bacon-cheeseburger pizza topped with ground beef and three kinds of cheese ($17.95 for a 14"), or graze on the veggie gourmet works, which comes loaded with a Peter Piper's worth of fresh vegetables including bell peppers, artichokes, and mushrooms, swaddled in your choice of a vegetarian red or white sauce ($17.95 for a 14"). Create-your-own pies are also available, providing palate-pleasing fill-in-the-blanks for the munching mad-libbest. Yowling sweet teeth can be silenced with a dessert of gourmet gelato or a surprise dinner visit from the dentist's wife, the librarian.
Graziano’s has been serving up the tastiest Italian cuisine for forty-five years so you know they must be doing something right. Though they made their name with pizza – and still serve it in abundance, Graziano’s is proud to offer for more than just great pizza. They serve up the best Italian food around. The freshly-prepared appetizers, salads, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, and desserts are sure to tantalize your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. Can’t get enough of Graziano’s delicious pasta? Take advantage of their all-you-can-eat gourmet pasta buffet and stuff yourself silly with hot pasta, meatballs, Italian sausage, vegetables, and much more. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, Graziano’s is the place for authentic Italian cuisine.
Choice is key at Jafang Pizza. Customers can choose everything from size (ranging from by-the-slice to 28-inch party pizzas), crust (white or whole-wheat dough made daily in-house, thin or thick crust), sauce (including marinara, buffalo, cheeseburger, and specially seasoned olive oil), toppings (all the standards, plus grilled chicken, sliced turkey breast, and cucumber), and cheese (such as mozzarella, feta, and a vegan variety). No matter how the pizza is topped, Jafang Pizza strives to keep each pie lighter and healthier than the average slice. These custom pizzas can be eaten at Jafang, delivered, or premade and cooked later at home. In addition to pizzas, the restaurant also serves up sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, and pours a variety of alcoholic beverages, including more than a dozen draft and bottled beers and a selection of signature cocktails.