The Post Road Recreation Center provides fun-seekers with a multifaceted diversionary depot full of family-friendly activities and eerie entertainment. Stumble through Slaughterhaus's more than 6,000 square feet of repellent real estate, and then enter the haunted woods for a shadowy game of high-tech tag sure to distract laser-loving poltergeists from their subdued cribbage tournaments. Full-throttled speed-wheeling for up to two hours can be spent cruising with unlimited 10-minute rides on an indoor slick track from behind the wheel of a Deuce Coupe kart, navigating the twists and turns of an outdoor street track in a Formula K racer, or (with VIP passes only) setting off a symphony of sonic booms on an outdoor fast track with the help of a pep-powered Fast Kart.
HotBox Pizza’s cooks adorn three varieties of hand-tossed dough canvases with six savory sauces, cheeses, and 26 toppings to create a menu of dine-in, takeout, and delivery pies. The signature HotBox combines double spicy pepperoni and banana peppers, and Big Al’s Fredo fights off pernicious poultry cravings with a combination of chicken, roma tomatoes, fresh spinach, and banana peppers. Aspiring pizza architects can blueprint their own pies by laying down traditional, thin, or multigrain foundations and selecting from six varieties of sauce-carpeting. Doughy disks simmer with mozzarella, ricotta, Wisconsin cheddar, or fontina cheeses to hold down up to four toppings such as pepperoni and artichoke hearts. Circle-eaters can also save room in their knapsacks or hollow shoe-heels for fresh salad and bundles of breadsticks that come with nacho-cheese, pizza, ranch, or garlic sauce, and wash down stubborn bites with refreshing slurps of soda.
Every day, the chefs at Cool River Pizza whip up a fresh batch of dough and bake it into pizzas, with gluten-free options available, topped with Real California Cheese and house-made sauce infused with more than seven herbs and spices. Freshly sliced vegetables and gourmet meats also crown specialty pies such as the Cool Ranch chicken, which plays hooky behind the oven to show off its ranch sauce and garlic chicken. To wash down the pies, pasta dishes, and salads, bartenders pour pints and pitchers of brews such as Coors Light, Sam Adams, and Blue Moon as diners watch sports games on large-screen TVs, play Wii on a 100-in. TV screen, hang out on the open patio, or live out fantasies of ancient gladiators' quiet evenings at home with a collection of board games.
The first thing you want to do with a hot pizza is dig in, but if you're so inclined, go ahead and count the pepperoni first. Donatos promises that every pepperoni pizza, sized large or larger, will have at least 100 slices of lean pepperoni spread across the pie. That's just one of the many flourishes that Donatos, founded in 1963, has used to distinguish itself from the rest. There's also its Edge to Edge promise: a guarantee that every pie will be loaded from one end to the other with toppings, from said pepperoni slices to family-recipe sausage to fresh, hand-cut veggies. Donatos' formula seems to have worked, as the once small Italian eatery now spans the nation with more than 150 locations.
Beyond its classic pizzas, Donatos offers many specialty pies, including its chicken spinach mozzarella and Mariachi beef. Each is framed with naturally smoked, aged provolone cheese on top and cornmeal-encrusted dough, from a 50-year old recipe, below. Donatos even offers gluten-free pizzas on its signature Udi's crust. For those searching out other Italian fare, the menu features robust stromboli stuffed with meats and cheeses, and hearty subs. And for dessert, Donatos creates its warm cinnamon brick-street bread, an oven-baked loaf of artisan pull-apart bread with cinnamon spread, streusel, and vanilla icing.
You can't make a great pizza without great dough and quality cheese. Luckily, Wise Guys Pizza has a handle on both. Each morning, the chefs make fresh homemade dough, following an old family recipe. That dough is so good, in fact, that they also use it as the base for their popular breadstix. And as you might have guessed, the mozzarella here is also homemade, then aged and cut in-house. From there, the only things that can make Wise Guys' pizzas any better are the creative toppings that get piled on next. Specialty pies include a blackened buffalo chicken pizza, topped with buffalo sauce, green peppers, banana peppers, and bacon, as well as a spicy italian pie, Hawaiian BBQ pie, and a vegetarian version loaded with onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and zucchini. Guests can also build-their-own pie, by selecting their preferred crust (traditional hand-tossed, gluten-free, pan, or thin square-cut) and choosing whatever sauces, meats, and fresh veggies they like best. And, for those with extra large appetites, Wise Guys has plenty of sides to choose from, including pepperoni-stuffed stix, wings, and fresh salads.
Chefs at Apezza use fresh ingredients to craft their pizzas, breadsticks, and wings almost entirely from scratch. They hand-make batches of dough daily and adorn pizza crusts with three types of freshly grated cheese. Specialty pizzas such as the meat lovers slide out of old deck ovens sporting sausage made in-house from pork shoulder ground at Archer’s Meat Market. Garlic-butter breadsticks come with a choice of three made-from-scratch dipping sauces. These and other items from the menu eventually make their appearance at Apezza's polished wooden tables, where they're devoured in the glow of a wall-mounted flat-screen TV.