Fox?s Pizza Den?s cooks serve up pizza dough hand-tossed in the New York style and festooned with one of 16 toppings. Gastronomes can ignite their stomach fires by ingesting flint stones or crunching into a crisp garden salad tossed with tomatoes, fresh-cut basil, and cheddar cheese. Next, feasters can bite through hearty or crispy crusts, where gooey cheese and house-made sauce merge beneath a sprinkling of fresh toppings, such as pepperoni, hot banana peppers, or pineapple. Appetizers such as breadsticks can accompany each delectable disk, arriving at tables fresh from the oven and ready to be dunked in marinara sauce or over the head of an NBA forward.
Pie Five Pizza Company takes its name from the fact that its pizza professionals create each made-to-order pizza in five minutes or less. Mere minutes after guests decide upon a crust style and toppings, a piping hot pie arrives, covered with rich cheese, organic tomato sauce, and fresh meats and veggies.
Since 1974, the cooks at La Strada Pizza & Pasta have layered ingredients one at a time to blend the flavors of basil, garlic, and tomato in lasagnas and parmigianas. Warmth billows from brick ovens where pies adorned with toppings such as pepperoni, pineapple, and fresh garlic bubble. New York–style pizzas support strata of cheese with a crisp crust, and Sicilian pies have the squared-off corners that hold sauce and make them compatible with robot mouths. In the dining room, red and yellow walls coordinate with spaghetti and fettuccine and the flickering glow on couples’ faces as they converse in candlelight.
With more than 20 California-style pizzas and other sumptuous Italian eats on its menu, Wolfman Pizza satisfies the hunger of pizza lovers and bloodthirsty shape-shifters alike. Using freshly baked dough, house-made tomato sauce, and daily-shredded whole-milk mozzarella, Wolfman Pizza cooks up tasty specialty pies such as the Greek-inspired Mykonos pizza ($15 for 12-inch), a Homeric ode of roma tomatoes, red onions, Greek olives, capers, and feta. Construct a stairway of Italian sausage and black olives in your gullet with the Led Zeppelin pie ($7.49 for 8-inch). Or concoct a personalized vision of pizza perfection by festooning a create-your-own pie ($6 and up) with nontraditional toppings such as black-bean sauce, gruyere cheese, and scallions.
At the heart of Hawthorne's New York Pizza & Bar is a ball of dough. Over the past 10 years at seven locations, chefs use this dough to craft a seemingly infinite number of unique pies, including a special white pizza topped with ricotta cream sauce and mozzarella. But they also use it to create another kind of treat: garlic knots. These oven-baked bites are glazed with a seasoned garlic sauce, and since they're an appetizer, guests can start meals by munching on them instead of gnawing idly on the table. In addition to its main menu, Hawthorne's also boasts a lengthy gluten-free selection, which features many of the same entrees as well as a couple gluten-free beers.
Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts. Choose your favorite ice cream from dozens of silky flavors, such as cake batter and mint. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry-pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary by season and location. The store also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings, such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4.59 and $5.29, depending on size.