Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Owners Todd and Lindsay Agren have run Mario's Pizza for more than a decade, and they hope this marks the start of a long line of pizza-makers. This close-knit family dynamic extends to the way they welcome guests at their intimate pizzeria. They also aim to give their meals a home-style feel when using fresh, local produce to whip up authentic Italian dinners, homemade pizzas, wings, and paninis. And many of the savory sauces are house-made. Mario's can even cater special occasions to celebrate birthdays, graduations, or the crowning of the neighborhood Candyland champ.
When diners can't decide just what kind of restaurant they're in the mood for?maybe a pizzeria, a family-style Italian spot, or a burger joint?Marcello's Restaurant should be the obvious choice. That's because the eatery is a little of all three, with a menu packed with a variety of choices. To name only a few: oven-baked tilapia, ravioli, veal marsala, and homemade lasagna. Pizzas are also popular here, with options that range from Sicilian-style to cheese pan pies. The menu also ventures into burgers, wraps, and calzones and strombolis.
Whirls of steam escape from piping-hot pies and pasta, veal, chicken, and seafood dishes as they travel from kitchen to table at Venice Italian Eatery & Pizza. Across the street from the historic Broadway Theatre of Pitman, the 110-seat BYOB eatery treats patrons to a show-stopping menu of pasta favorites with noodles that can be contorted into likenesses of Willy Loman selling Hamlet a timeshare. Entrees can also be transformed into catered fare for the soiree of your choice. The chefs additionally craft an array of handheld sandwiches including burger, pita, and panini varieties.
Even when there isn't a game playing on any of the flat-screen televisions, Steakouts Home Plate maintains the upbeat, spirited environment of a neighborhood sports bar. Dark woodwork, gray stone, and slate-blue walls fill most of the space, providing a cozy place for guests to lounge until as late as 2 a.m. on select evenings. Throughout the week, the bar entertains crowds by hosting regular karaoke nights, pub trivia competitions, and performances by live bands and DJs. Steakouts Home Plate even includes a covered, outdoor pavilion with a distinctive beach theme featuring a corrugated metal bar, mounted surfboards, and a sand volleyball court brimming with buried treasure chests.
Relaxing with a drink isn't the only option at Steakouts Home Plate. The eatery also indulges patrons with a menu of classic comfort foods. Sirloin-stuffed cheesesteaks, Black Angus burgers, and pizzas topped with everything from sliced rib eye and fried onion to crab, shrimp, and scallops provide hearty meals. The selection of finger foods is similarly broad, featuring oysters and clams on the half shell in addition to wings doused with one of seven sweet, savory, or spicy sauces.
Lorenzo's pizza purveyors stack disks of fresh dough with a panoply of gourmet ingredients before sliding them into brick ovens to seal in a smoky redolence. Classic pies such as the sweet Hawaiian and the basil-infused margherita send taste buds back in time more quickly than wormhole-flavored toothpaste, and innovative recipes set palates ablaze with creations such as the spicy buffalo-chicken pizza adorned with wing sauce and blue cheese. Chefs saddle up the Ranchero with bacon, spinach, and tomatoes in melty mozzarella and cool ranch dressing. Greener eats include the eggplant-parmesan pizza and the Mediterranean, which flaunts its sauceless façade with roasted peppers, spinach, olives, and garlic. A savory side of garlic knots and a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, or Sprite accompany pizzas shared inside the eatery or savored at home in front of shamed frozen pizzas.