To replicate the thin-crust pies found in New York's Italian-American neighborhoods, Giovanni's chefs make everything from scratch and bake their five-borough recreations atop a toasted hearthstone. They load their slices with layers of fresh mozzarella and an eclectic mix of toppings. Tables, draped in classic red-and-white checkered cloths, buckle under the weight of the pies, including the Coney Island piled with freshwater clams, garlic, and spices.
In addition to baking circular eats, the cooks marinate Sicilian-style chicken in extra-virgin olive oil and herbs before fire-roasting it on the rotisserie. Forks excavate the lasagna's layers, burrowing through strata of imported pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, and housemade tomato sauce, to unearth hearty pieces of meat or veggies.
Although it was popularized for its starring role in several episodes of the 1960s hit show The Beverly Hillbillies, Branson boasts a longstanding history with the performing arts. Today, a cappella ensembles, celebrity impersonators, and veteran Broadway singers stage dozens of shows every night along the Strip. Even the town itself toys with theatrics, with The Fountains at Branson Landing surging skyward amid fire cannons during frequent spectacles. Cradling Branson, the encircling plateau of the Ozarks sets a precedent for spectacle. Rolling slopes recede into misty abstractions, transforming into a russet-and-gold patchwork quilt each fall. Beneath the earth, monumental caverns boast summits and crannies of their own. Tours of Talking Rocks Cavern weave through fantastical stalactites, and Marvel Cave, one of the Ozarks' oldest attractions, ensconces visitors in a sinkhole-carved entrance room large enough to have once hosted hot air balloon flights and stegosaur birthday parties.
Steak-Out prepares and delivers slabs of protein sustenance secured from 100% grain-fed American cattle. All entrees—such as the filet mignon ($14.99) and the grilled chicken-breast filet ($9.99)—are accompanied by a salad, a roll, and a buttered and sourly creamed baked potato. Spouses of sand-dwelling warlocks, such as the sirloin steak sandwich ($7.99), carry extra baggage consisting of cheese, chips, and condiments. Desserts, such as a slice of the New York–style cheesecake (starting at $4.49) or an oatmeal-raisin cookie ($0.75), assist in smoothly transitioning imbibers into postmeal naps. Mini mouths can gnaw on a kids' meal, which features a palate-pleasing cheeseburger ($4.29) and chicken nuggets ($3.99).
The chefs at Mijuri Sushi Bar & Grill craft traditional cooked Japanese entrees alongside coils of sushi and sashimi. Slices of super-white tuna and octopus join a list of 60 different varieties of sushi rolls, such as the Tuna Fever and the Imperial Guard roll, whose army of shrimp tempura, avocado, and eel maintains a stony expression at all times. The chefs at Mijuri Sushi Bar & Grill craft traditional cooked Japanese entrees alongside sashimi and more than 60 varieties of sushi, such as the Tuna Fever and the Imperial Guard roll. Additionally, slices of super-white tuna and octopus are served with shrimp tempura, avocado, and eel. A party room for up to 30 guests also available for reservation.