Originating as a post-performance reward for owner Annette's theater pals, Amore’s confectious rounds break the cupcake mold for creativity and deliciousness. Relieve summer-camp jitters with the large Smore Amore chocolate pizza ($29.95), studded with graham crackers and marshmallows. Or order the original break-a-leg recipe ($29.95 for large) with the works (marshmallows, peanuts, coconut crispies, white chocolate, and maraschino cherries) to get psyched before an epic one-woman performance of Shakespeare's spec script for Major Dad. Chocolate pizzas are also available in small ($11.95) and medium ($19.95) sizes, and in peanut-butter dreams and toffeelicious flavors.
Usually, appetizers are just something to tide you over until the real fun of the entree. But at Mio, an Italian Pizzeria, the first course is just as exciting as the main. People can begin their meal with bruschetta and an array of antipasto. The rest of their food will be fully prepared by executive chef Julian Viso, an internationally trained culinary artist whose specialties include baked pasta and Neapolitan pizzas with toppings such as lobster and shaved prosciutto. After dinner, groups can linger over bowls of gelato and bottles of wine sourced solely from Italian wineries.
Windows covering the wall let floods of natural light pour across servers who bear trays of pastas and pizzas through Sutera's Italian Restaurant, which has been in business for three decades. As night falls, domed hanging lights glow overhead like hovering spacecraft, illuminating a weathered wooden bar where wall compartments backed in vibrant red contain ranks of bottled wines. At tables, patrons tear into meatball subs and burgers with italian seasoning, causing traders in napkin futures to pull out their cell phones.
At two locations, The Other Place’s staff fires up ovens to bake pizzas, italian subs, and sandwiches to a golden brown—the color of Pharaoh’s mask after he eats a chocolate bar. Atop hand-made pizza crusts made from a 40-year-old recipe, the kitchen team layers toppings such as italian sausage, salami, and sun-dried tomatoes, lubricated by tomato, alfredo, and barbecue sauce. Submarine-shaped bread holds italian meats, veggies, and toppings. In both eateries’ dining areas, more than 50 TVs stream sports games. The Other Place also often entertains guests with karaoke—America’s most underappreciated sport, and the one with the least funding in most school districts.
Founded in 1964 by a tile maker as an edible canvas on which to practice his square-cutting, Imo’s original St. Louis–style pizza features a thin, cracker-crisp crust topped with homemade sauce and Provel cheese, then sliced into squares. The love child of a culinary fromage a trois between cheddar, Swiss, and provolone cheeses, Provel melts into a soft, creamy pool reminiscent of the delicious dairy lagoons tucked away high in the Swiss Alps, and can be enjoyed on Imo’s pizza for its minimalistic beauty or as a blank canvas for a DIY pizza experience ($12.38–$14.76 base price for a large). Pile on any of Imo’s 14 fresh toppings—including pepperoncini, hamburger, Canadian bacon, and jalapeno—or indulge in one of its popular specialty pies (less than $20 at either location). The all-meat pizza combines sausage, hamburger, bacon, Canadian bacon, and pepperoni, while the veggie deluxe (mushroom, onion, green pepper, and tomato) hosts a stately garden party in one’s mouth.
Ricco’s Italian Bistro is your destination for a romantic dinner retreat. Start off fresh with the classic Bruschetta appetizer and follow with a crispy spinach or Mediterranean salad. Ricco’s specialties include dishes such as Mushroom Risotto, Chicken Florentine and Veal Scallopini. The pasta menu features staple favorites like Fettuccine Alfredo and Spaghetti with Ricco’s marinara, while the pizza menu offers all that one would want in a pizza. For those who just can’t decide on which pizza to order, there is a pizza entitled the Garbage Truck pizza which includes pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, mushroom, onion, green pepper, mozzarella, provolone and Ricco’s marinara sauce. Guests should plan to visit at least every day of the week to take advantage of the delectable daily specials.