Encased in cinematic trappings, Hollywood Pizza boasts a bevy of themed pizza pies and classic American eats, all within a cozy, kid-friendly environment. Peruse the menu's stomach-sating options before settling on handheld edibles such as jalapeño poppers ($6.49) or the french dip sub, a bunned serving of roast beef smothered with cheese and accompanied by a juicy pool of au jus ($6.99). Those with dough-based desires can opt for Hollywood Pizza's specialty pies, including the Godfather, a twice-baked, cheesy concoction teaming with a loyal legion of pepperoni, canadian bacon, sausage, and veggies ($13.99–$21.99). Choose your own adventure without inconvenient earthquakes and malignant wizards with customizable pies ($7.99–$11.99), or answer your sweet tooth’s incessant smoke signals with a chocolate-chip pizza ($5.99–$7.99). Regular beverages ($1–$3) or those of the adult variety ($2.50–$7) keep thirsty throats well hydrated while hungry eyes catch the latest movies on nearby TVs or gaze at autographed photos of stars that ask for a bite of your pizza when your family’s not looking.
The pizza-making pros at Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta eschew sugar, oil, and eye of newt when forging their healthy, grease-free dough, which they bake directly atop sizzling hot bricks. In addition to loading these freshly flung crusts with Canadian bacon, spinach, and roasted garlic, they crown pastas with hand-rolled meatballs and ladles of homemade meat and alfredo sauces. They also help diners conclude their meals with a sweet crescendo by infusing desserts with coffee liqueur and rich ganache.
From the tomato-red columns running along the wall to the fresh green basil that garnishes dishes on its tables, the dining room at Palio’s Pizza Cafe bursts with color. Roma tomatoes, red peppers, and spicy, house-made red sauce paint thin, crisp pizza crusts. Farm-fresh salads host a kaleidoscope of colorful toppings, such as the Nutty Hawaiian's cashews, pineapples, and cranberries. By the entrance, the mural of a flamenco dancer brandishes a wine bottle like those used by waiters to pour out reds and whites. Above her head, the word Palio's unfurls like an artist's signature on canvas, lending a name to the colorful culinary scene.
Palio's chefs aim to make their dishes as healthful as they are vibrant. They craft crusts with whole-wheat or gluten-free dough upon request, and blend only fresh ingredients and locally sourced magic beans into their house-made pasta sauce.
The NYPD menu, packed with appetizers, pizzas, calzones, pasta, heroes, and even dessert, revs you up to run down hunger in any number of flavorful vehicles. Dive into cheese with mozzarella sticks ($6.49), then float to the surface of a specialty mealwheel such as the Manhattan meat lovers' (10-inch, 14-inch, or 18-inch pie with pepperoni, meatballs, and bacon, $7.99, $14.99, $17.99). Or choose from more than 20 types of toppings such as fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes to craft the Staten Island stuffed pizza, any two toppings and mozzarella crammed between two layers of pizza dough (18-inch only, $25.99). For a circle-free entree, grab a convict cheese calzone (mozzarella and ricotta, $7.99) or an eggplant parmigiana hero ($6.99) before finishing your sentence with a slice of authentically creamy NY cheesecake ($3.99).
Playtime Pizza entertains kids and adults with 70,000 square feet of long division–free fun. More than 140 games populate the facility’s two-story arcade, which encourages players to achieve new high scores on Dance Dance Revolution and on six miniature bowling lanes. Black lights cast a celestial spell across the mini golf course, where putters sink holes-in-one under the gaze of pirates and sea creatures, and on the bumper-car track, drivers spend time bouncing through the sea of cars. Smiles disappear only when mouths get sidetracked by pizza, one of the many finger-friendly food items that line the center’s expansive buffet spread.
Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Gianmarco began helping out at his family’s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Gianmarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three different types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon.
The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat’s kitchen operations, although these days he has considerably more help. His company has franchise locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh, never-frozen cheeses.