Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for the past 25 years, fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and specialty pizzas. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the Spicy Italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible meat. More progressive pie enthusiasts may select the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken ($15.99), or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and ripe black olives ($15.99). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
Anthony Russo, a first-generation Italian, spent years in the kitchens of his parents and other Italian chefs learning authentic Italian recipes for sauces and pastas. He eventually drew on his experience kneading New York–style pizza to open his own chain of coal-fired pizza franchises. Exposed bricks surround the burning embers at the core of the oven, which bakes thin-crust specialty pizzas, such as escargot with pesto, alongside heart-healthy pies with fresh spinach and artichokes. After sliding out golden-crusted pizzas and singed fairy-tale witches, chefs fill ovens with calzones and flatbreads. A full wine list supplies bold cabernets and crisp pinot grigios.
Elegance pervades the interior at Luciano’s Italian, informed by white linens on tables and candles that cast their yellow glow against glasses of wine. The dinner menu catalogs pastas, oven-baked entrees, veal, pork, lamb, and chicken dishes, and a panoply of seafood such as baked salmon. Luciano's staff curates a wine list that includes reds like Heron pinot noir and whites such as St. Jean chardonnay.
The chefs at Maggies Pizza & Deli, do Italian double time by making Italy’s favorite dishes as well as naming their sandwiches after famous mob movies including Casino, Goodfellas, and Godfather. The chefs also make their own sauces that cling to pizza crusts, tortellini, and garlic cheese bread.