At L'Allegria, founders Saverio and Giovanni Allocca seek to transport diners to an al fresco Mediterranean courtyard with their authentic cuisine and decor that evokes a breezy villa. The menu brims with classic italian pastas and succulent veal dishes, made with hormone-free meats. Extensive wine lists complement entrees with dozens of varietals from Italy and California.
Patrons sit upon floral-patterned chairs in the high-ceilinged dining room, amid beige walls and exposed brick. At times, a pianist's melodies reverberate throughout the eatery, relaxing diners and reminding the walls' paintings of a simpler time when they were young, impressionable canvases.
The Nine Thai kitchen abounds with fresh ingredients—ripe juicy mangos cuddling up next to fresh garlic and bright red chili peppers. Skilled chefs fold this eclectic produce, as well as seafood and strips of pork, chicken, and beef, into curries, rice dishes, and Thai specialties. Their pad thai, for example, showers thin noodles with peanuts, sprouts, scallions, and eggs to create an authentic, homestyle rendition of the classic dish that doesn’t rely on a portal connected to a grandmother’s kitchen in Thailand. As the chefs bustle about the kitchen, diners chat at one of the intimate dining room’s 15 tabletops, sipping thai iced teas and fresh mango juice.
The dough wizards at Papa John's Pizza 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.
There are a lot of decisions to be made once you enter GoYoGo. Each day, the shop features an array of daily frozen yogurt choices chosen from 24 flavors such as pumpkin, eggnog, pistachio, cake batter and much more. Once you manage to choose, you're still not out of the woods. From there, you'll still need to top your creation by picking and choosing any combination of over 80 toppings such as candies and fruit from the fresh bar. Once you've done that, the only thing left to do is devour your custom dessert.
Customers take control at IYO Yogurt, where IYO stands for "It's Your Own," according to a feature in the Alternative Press, meaning that it's up to the customer to choose their yogurt and top it with as many candies, nuts, and fruits as they want. To this end, visitors select any combination of 24 yogurt flavors to fill their cups, plus more than 100 toppings options, which all satisfy sweet teeth more than filling a cup with 100 teaspoons of sugar.