In creating Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, the owners sought to combine an upscale dining experience with tasty casual food, and so they came up with a foolproof formula: wood-fired brick ovens plus craft beers and microbrews. The ovens are used to create more than 22 specialty pizzas that come adorned with traditional Italian-style toppings or fun twists such as buffalo chicken, pimento cheese, or classic Thai flavors. To cater to everyone, they prepare their pies with traditional, whole-wheat, or gluten-free crust and aim to always have vegan cheese in the kitchen.
In the kitchen at Mario’s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York–style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 19 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak or veal parmigiana, round out the menu.
Despite its rather insistent name, this second-generation pizza purveyor, serves its signature brick-oven pizzas alongside a variety of Italian dishes, and heaping helpings of friendly local flair. Starting with a crust that falls somewhere between thin and traditional hand-tossed, Just Pizza cooks each savory pie to-order, using fresh ingredients, house-made sauce, and premium mozzarella cheese sourced from only the most outwardly affectionate cows. Dress a large (14") cheese pizza ($10.75) with your favorite add-ons such as sausage (+ $1.25), pineapple (+ $1.25), hot dogs (+ $1.25), or a smaller cheese pizza (+ $9.75). Or, feed an entire army of slice-slingers with the five pound supreme pizza ($19.50), sporting supporting sustenance in the form of extra cheese, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black olives, beef, sausage, and pepperoni. For diners looking to dine beyond the realm of dough disks, Just Pizza complements its circular comestibles with a toothsome array of fresh salads (starting at $4), baked pastas ($5.50+), and calzones ($5.75+). Because it passed on the opportunity to call itself "Just Tables", Just Pizza is a carry-out only facility, arming patrons with piles of hot, aromatic eatables, and then sending them on their way to feast in the comfort of their own homes.
Amante Gourmet Pizza blends wholesome, all-natural ingredients to pack its menu with tasty Italian treats. Batches of pizza dough are prepared by hand to ensure freshness and employee wrist fitness. Persnickety patrons sharpen their teeth on a pie prepared to their specifications ($8.99 for a medium), lathered in their choice of sauce (tomato, dijonnaise, olive oil with basil and rosemary, and more) before being topped with edible accessories from Amante's extensive list of creative toppings ($1.50 each). Those too hungry to reinvent the pie can enjoy a preconceived specialty pizza such as the Pollo Resistance, glazed with olive oil and then topped with barbecue chicken, red onion, and mozzarella cheese ($12.75 for a medium), or the vegetarian-friendly Greek, with fresh garlic, spinach, black olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, and feta ($14.50 for a medium). All pizzas are built on your choice of regular or whole-wheat crust foundations judged up-to-code by the North Carolina Pizza Authority.
With its whitewashed brick façade, french windows, and curlicues of wrought iron encircling the entryway, Café Pasta + Grille looks as if it's been plucked straight from a cobblestoned European street. A striped awning shades the easel resting outside the front door, which announces menu highlights and other news printed in Cubist script. Inside, chefs re-create traditional Italian dishes, such as lasagna and risotto, as well as contemporary recipes crafted from spicy veal sausage or almond-crusted fish. Live music entertains diners two nights per week, as do special events such as mixology tastings and holiday parties. Café Pasta + Grille also caters meals throughout the area and hosts celebrations in a pair of private banquet rooms for free.