At Delicio's Pizza & Pasta, chefs create handmade Italian pizzas with dough that's made fresh daily and more than 30 different toppings, including fresh basil, artichokes, meatballs, and smoked ham. Guests dine on slices of pie crowned with grilled chicken and pesto or a garden's worth of roasted and marinated veggies, or dig their forks into baked manicotti and spaghetti with meatballs.
Petruccelli's Italian Eatery's quintessential edibles satisfy business-lunch goers, canoodling noodle enthusiasts, and famished famiglia alike. Employ a savory appetizer, hot bowl of soup, or crisp salad to rouse a tummy from hunger hibernation so that it can fully engage a main course in deep conversation about the appropriate places to wear harem pants. Italian classics, such as chicken florentine ($12.95/$8.95), veal marsala ($16.95/$10.95), and shrimp scampi ($16.95/$12.95) greet long-lost tongues with warm hugs, and the chicken tortellini alfredo playfully wrestles taste buds in a living room of cheese-filled pillows, fresh vegetable cushions, and velvety alfredo comforters ($13.50/$8.95). Sink your teeth into a calzone ($7–$8.95) or stromboli roll ($6–$8.95) if you're afraid of forks or indebted to a roving orthodontist.
Boasting a culinary background flavored with classic American and Cajun cuisines, La Dolce Vita owner and chef Benard Tamburello melds Italian and Sicilian influences to craft a spread seasoned with fresh herbs. With select ingredients culled straight from Italy, La Dolce Vita's meal components fuse to form a flavorful union as they trade tales of riding tiny ponies through the fields of San Marzano, Parma, and Tuscany. For dinner, pacify grumbling bellies with heaping helpings of baked eggplant parmigana ($14), or bowl forkfuls of tenderloin-fillet meatballs down alleys of house-made linguini into metaphorical hunger pins ($18). All entrees can be split amongst the group ($10 charge), and a children's menu sates ankle-biting appetites with pintsize, kid-friendly plates ($5–$6). Midday munchers can indulge in lunch selections such as paninis grilled to piping perfection with tuscan chicken, tilapia, and italian sausage ($7.95 each), or brandish spherical scalpels when extracting a slice of a spinach-and-prosciutto pizza ($7.95).
Ranelli's Deli and Cafe, a mom-and-pop run pizza joint for 40 years, serves up homestyle Italian classics in pie, pasta, and sandwich format. Start off taste bud treks with an order of regular garlic bread, or upgrade to the cheesy version like young Elvis donning a sequined jumpsuit for the first time. A pair of 12-inch pies await diners, who bespatter the circular provender with fixings such as salami, olives, jalapeño, and greek peppers. Omnivorous crews can feed the flora feasters and meat eaters of the party alike with one pizza covered in ham and sausage and another bursting with onion and extra cheddar. On occasion, the "Soul Pit" hosts live music to help groovy gastrophiles digest to the beat, and the outdoor patio allows patrons to commune with nature without resorting to gauche, unflattering shrubbery costumes.
The pizza pros at Tortugas Cafe 280 construct a menu of pies made with fresh ingredients and homemade dough and sauce. Lunchtime noshers tuck into Chicago-style slices ($6.05 each), thickly layered with Tortugas' house-blended cheese, handcrafted sauce, and toppings such as sausage and pepperoni or spinach and mushroom, making it doubly effective for anchoring helium-balloon bouquets or stabilizing tables with uneven legs. During dinner, guests enjoy the gustatory opulence of whole pies ($7.75–$27.75). A quartet of meats top off the Carne Special pizza ($19.20 for medium thin-crust), and the mexicana ($19.20 for medium thin-crust pizza) builds cross-cultural bridges with its spicy blend of homemade salsa, ground beef, and endless supply of suspension cables.
Tony Ray's Pizza epitomizes the classic pizzeria: think tables draped in black-and-white checkered cloths, and mouthwatering photos of pizza strewn across the walls. and the menu is just as classic—two dozen toppings weigh down hand-tossed crusts, thin crusts, and deep-dish pies. But among the 10 specialty pizzas churned out by the kitchen, there are a few unusual flavor combinations Tony’s white chicken pie, for example, combines chicken, spinach, cheese, and alfredo sauce, while the Memphis barbecue chicken pizza combines sweet and smokey flavors like honey barbecue sauce, bacon, and green pepper.
For those craving something other than pizza, the eatery also serves meatball and chicken bacon ranch subs, which come toasted and paired with chips made from scratch. And for those who don't feel like leaving the comfort of their own home, Tony Ray's can deliver pizzas to front steps or slide them in through extra-large mail slots.