With multiple varieties at each location, there are enough options to pleasantly coat any mozzarella-covered tongue in tasty toppings. Veggie fans will appreciate the veggie supreme, dotted with mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives, and tomatoes. For feasters who can't decide between this or that, the super combo comes stocked from crust to crust with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, black olives, and extra cheese. Offerings vary by location, so consult the menu at your nearest location before ordering.
Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco began helping out at his family’s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Gianmarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three different types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon.
The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat’s kitchen operations, although these days he has considerably more help. Marco's Pizza has 350 locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh cheeses.
Part of a large, Italian family, Jimmy Zamparelli grew up in a New Jersey, where he helped his grandmother craft ricotta ravioli, meatballs, and marinara sauce for family gatherings. His wife, Nancy, grew up in Houston, where her mother planned family meals around ingredients gathered at the local farmers market. The duo met at the Culinary Institute of America and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, at Zamparelli's Italian Bistro, you'll find hints of both spouse's culinary roots in the cuisine, where recipes are often inspired by Jimmy's grandmother, but prepared using fresh, local ingredients,. Brick-oven pizzas are the house specialty?not to mention a favorite of Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine?and sprinkled with everything from clams and creamy garlic sauce to caramelized onion, gorgonzola, and smoked bacon. Elsewhere in the open kitchen, cooks pile house-made meatballs into sandwiches, layer meat sauce and mozzarella into gluten-free lasagnas, and toss roasted beets with shaved fennel, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and baby greens, which are surprisingly mature for their age. Wines by the glass and local beers complement feasts, which best end with a helping of gluten-free chocolate mousse, insists the Denver Post.
Via Toscana manages to feel like its in two countries at the same time. Chef Eric Johnson embraces the culinary traditions of Tuscany by hand cutting freshly prepared pastas and baking pizzas loaded with everything from spicy pepperoni and arugula to crispy pancetta and pine nuts. At the same time, he incorporates as many Colorado flavors into his dishes as possible, filling the seasonal menus with organic ingredients sourced from local farms. The wine list complements this extensive range of flavors by featuring more than 600 different bottles, many of which hail from Italy’s iconic vineyards. Much like the menu, Via Toscana’s décor fuses rustic as well as refined elements within the same space. Lantern-like wall sconces adorn the dining room’s many archways and help lend a warm, inviting glow to the tangerine-orange walls and dark wooden accents. Above the bar, a collection of antique-like plates and decorative vases fill the lighted alcoves lining the top of the wall, lending a bit of homespun charm to the ambiance.