Bistro 42 dishes out a delectable menu of classic Italian and American fare in a casual setting. Pique palates with an ambrosial Hail to Caesar salad ($6.99) or one of the many appetizers, such as wings ($7.99–$19.99) or the calamari fritto, lightly fried and paired with a mini marinara dunking lagoon ($8.99). Bistro lasagna, made with fresh cheese, beef, and pepperoni ($11.99), or pot roast, prepared Southern style with mushroom-marsala gravy and served with a choice of sides ($12.99), make for satisfying main events. Hungry herbivores can feast on eggplant parmesan ($11.99) or practice lasso skills with Momma's spaghetti ($7.99). A smorgasbord of sandwiches served on oven-baked bread, such as the italian sausage ($8.99) and italian veggie ($7.99), satisfy midday munchies. On Friday nights, guests can enjoy the sounds of live music, and an ever-present kids' menu pleases both picky progeny and the young at stomach.
Amid Johnny Brusco's NY-Style Pizza's family-friendly milieu, diners devour the restaurant's savory garlic knots by the plateful to get ready for massive New York–style pies and classic Italian dishes. With ties that stretch back nearly 50 years to a pizzeria in Manlius, New York, Johnny Brusco's bakes authentic flavors into every order and entertains groups in a dining room—bedecked with TVs for comfortable sports-watching—or at patio tables in the heart of Norton Commons. The extensive pizza menu includes gluten-free pies, as well, and their beverage list encompasses a lengthy selection of craft beer and wines.
Red and green racing stripes cut across the dining room walls of Mazarella, as if prophesying the uncanny speed of the pizzeria’s skilled chefs. Overseeing the action are owner Craig Padgett and his wife Michelle, who have owned Mazerella’s for more than 12 years, populating Southern Indiana with handmade pizzas available for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. As patrons slide into the marinara-red chairs, wooden fan blades waft aromas of hearty pastas and signature butter breadsticks into noses. Gooey pies erupt from the kitchen in several signature varieties, crowned by the legendary Big Z, with 15 toppings in all. During lunch, the restaurant’s popular buffet gives customers the chance to mix together dissimilar tastes, such as cinnamon sticks, salad, and napkin shreds.
Every day, Snappy Tomato Pizza’s cooks mix high-protein flour in 60-quart mixers to create the fresh dough that gives the restaurant’s pies their signature taste. They adorn each round pizza crust with mozzarella cheese, fresh vegetables, and sauce crafted from the tomatoes of select California growers. They carefully separate tomatoes by acid content, with only the best ones used for sauce and the worst ones saved to throw at any smug looking teenagers. Oven-baked hoagie sandwiches, Tyson chicken wings, and cinnabreads topped with cinnamon streusel and vanilla icing round out the full menu.
Natives of Palermo, Italy, brothers Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele share twin passions for food and their Italian heritage. Both loves are combined under the same roof at Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant—by the owners' count, a winner of more than 20 separate culinary awards. Chef Agostino Gabriele began his culinary career at age 14 back in Palermo before moving on to kitchens in Milan, Dusseldorf, and St. Louis, commonly known as "The Dusseldorf of the Midwest." Gabriele's internationally honed cooking skills helped him become a James Beard–honored chef and win a DiRoNA award with his brother for Vincenzo's in 2007 and 2008.
Inside the kitchen, Chef Gabriele tops plates of al dente spaghetti with South African lobster tail and petite shrimp and roasts farm-raised chicken breast with asparagus tips, sun-dried tomatoes, and gorgonzola cheese. The eatery, which also offers an extensive wine list and soufflé desserts, has been visited by a number of celebs, including Muhammad Ali, Steven Spielberg, and Sylvester Stallone.
The first location of Puccini’s Smiling Teeth opened in Indianapolis in March of 1991 to widespread acclaim. Though they've since added 13 other locations and expanded the menu to include Italian chicken entrees, salads, and sandwiches, they have never compromised their strict standards for pizza. They build each crust from gluten-free rice flour or all-natural, bleach-free wheat flour. This dough forms the foundation of nearly 20 specialty pies topped with imported cheeses, sun-dried California tomatoes, fresh herbs, shrimp, and other gourmet ingredients.
The chefs also toss pastas—made gluten-free with corn, upon request—with vodka-cream, alfredo, and diavolo sauces, and cook up meats such as shrimp and piccata-style chicken. Accompanying the food is a compact wine list and a selection of craft and gluten-free brews tapped from the naturally occurring beer geysers of Indiana and the Midwest.