No one ever leaves Piccolino's Restaurant with an empty stomach. Or even a half-empty stomach, for that matter. This is because in addition to a menu of hearty pizzas, grinders, and classic Italian entrees, the family sports bar offers free popcorn to kids and adults alike. Patrons pop buttery kernels into their mouths as they watch sports games on four big-screen TVs, or take in the sounds of live music on Thursdays and Saturdays. But the main attraction is the fresh-from-the-oven food, such as homemade meat lover's pizza, foot-long sausage grinders, a selection of steaks and seafood, and eggplant parmesan smothered in homemade marinara sauce.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
Al Dente's cooks pay homage to both Italy's Old-World dinner traditions and America's love of quick afternoon lunches. They make their own sausage, meatballs, and pizza dough in house, injecting authenticity into daily lunch specials that pair pizza slices and sandwiches with chips and soda. They prepare more robust entrees for dinner, including pastas and dishes featuring veal and chicken. For seafood, they embrace a variety of preparation methods, crisping up ocean-born delicacies in the fryer, sautéing them over noodles, or stirring them into bowls of stew. With the free WiFi, diners can stay up-to-date on the news and the latest styles in marinara stains.