A mural of a wheat field is frozen on the wall of Wheat State Pizza, where chefs hand-toss pizza crusts made with whole wheat as well as white and gluten-free pizza disks. With 35 different toppings to choose from, diners may customize pies like a bejeweled jean jacket, or opt for signature combinations such as the pad thai with peanut sauce, sesame oil, siracha sauce, and crushed peanuts. Barbecued-beef sandwiches and custom calzones round out the menu, and dessert pizzas with blueberry-pie filling, cream cheese, and streusel topping cap off meals. Wheat State Pizza also offers an outdoor patio with umbrella-topped tables for alfresco dining.
After working for a pizzeria chain, brothers Pat and Tim Knolla wanted an authentic pizza-making experience. So they packed it in and moved to New York, where they apprenticed under Sicilian pizza makers who taught them that true pizza is made by hand. In 1981, they opened the first Knolla's Pizza in the back of a video store; today, along with a third brother, they own and operate four locations that have grown so popular, they were awarded a 2014 Reader's Choice award by readers of The Wichita Eagle.
It's not easy to meet the chain's high standards. Chefs make the dough fresh every day and top it with just-cut veggies and whole-milk mozzarella, instead of the kind that's made from sliced up milk. Diners can choose from two different kinds of crust: the foldable New York style or the dense Chicago deep dish. In 2013, the restaurant even polled customers to create the Wichita-style pizza, which is loaded with bacon, beef, chunks of tomato, fresh herbs, and sunflower seeds.
Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria is cast in an warm, welcoming glow. Though much of that can be attributed to the earthen walls and soft lighting, it's the huge, fiery brick oven at the center of the action that really catches the eye. Nearby, chefs tuck button mushrooms, kalamata olives, and sauces ranging from classic red to alfredo under a layer of fresh-ground cheese before casting pizzas into the oven's contained fury. Out come a variety of made-to-order pies, each baked to a perfect crispness. The kitchen also produces plates of three-cheese lasagna and cheese-stuffed ravioli. And, of course, no visit to an Italian restaurant or family doctor is complete without the chance to snag a panini packed with italian beef and smoked provolone smothered in a creamy dressing. To finish off meals, Avivo's bartenders craft signature martinis that blend pomegranate liqueur with berry-infused vodka.
Oodles of noodles abound at Wichita's Noodles & Company. Noodles & Company is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Noodles & Company has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Noodles & Company won't cost you a sitter. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Noodles & Company has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Noodles & Company patrons come in casual attire. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
With tabs typically staying under $15, your wallet (and your stomach) will be happy with a trip to Noodles & Company. You can stop by at almost any time, since Noodles & Company offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Eat your way through the menu at Olive Garden — this contemporary establishment serves fresh Italian food in a hip atmosphere. None of the fare at Olive Garden is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. The bar at Olive Garden is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. The perfect place for a large party, Olive Garden will comfortably host your friends and family.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Olive Garden in jeans and a hoodie. The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Olive Garden to your next party or event. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Meals at Olive Garden usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Lovebirds flock to Olive Garden for Italian cuisine. No need to miss out on Olive Garden just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Olive Garden's extensive drink list. The perfect place for a large party, Olive Garden will comfortably host your friends and family.
Olive Garden offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Olive Garden offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.