Twisted Kitchen’s smorgasbord of fully customizable dishes offers something for everyone, from pasta lovers looking for the perfect combination of sauces and cheeses to finicky kids who only eat foods with nine letters. Amid the exposed brick walls and corrugated-metal accents of the dining room, guests can choose fresh ingredients to create their own pasta dishes, wraps, and salads, building meaty or all-veggie dishes with "twists" such as bacon, garlic butter, and sun-dried tomatoes. Diners who are rendered speechless by the sheer number of possibilities can order ingredient-predetermined items such as How the West was Twisted, with cavatappi, grilled steak, handmade pico de gallo, and cheese sauce.
ParQ serves the familiar cuisine of an Italian bistro in a casual dining room with views of nearby Piedmont Park. Drawing from a spread of 24 toppings, which includes genoa salami, jalapeños, and prosciutto, the cooks artfully bake thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizzas over a smoldering pile of Julia Child’s cookbooks. They also grill rustic white or wheat bread for every panini and create pasta dishes with the diners’ choice of sauce, meats, and vegetables. Outside, dog-friendly patio seating allows guests to enjoy their meals alfresco while vigilant canines keep an eye out for threatening leaf shadows.
Blue Moon Pizza's menu of clever, tempting entrees, including its crispy, thin-crust pizza and creative salads, has propelled the restaurant to the top of the pizza food pyramid. Boggle your seas with a Mediterribbean jerk-chicken pizza ($10.79 for personal), topped with caramelized onions and cayenne-candied bacon, or try to tame the spicy flavors of the Luna ($19.49 for medium), with chorizo sausage, black olives, and jalapenos. Other signature items include Grandma's Pizza ($24.99), a 16" Sicilian-style pie topped with cheese, olive oil, plum tomatoes, sliced garlic, and fresh basil, and the cobb salad ($10.49) served on pizza dough with chicken, avocado, cayenne-candied bacon, crumbled blue cheese, onions, black olives, and roma tomatoes. If the creative entrees leave any gastric gaps, a warm chocolate-chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream ($4.99) should help achieve maximum satiation, or gargle your dessert with a cheesecake martini, concocted with Cruzan vanilla rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice (specialty martinis are $6 on Thursdays). Blue Moon also has a gluten-free menu. Lunchtime drop-ins can take advantage of Blue Moon's lunch special: two slices of cheese pizza and soda for $4.99.
Zucca was founded by a trio of forlorn New York natives who longed for a taste of a thin, crispy-crusted, Staten Island–style pie. The results are presented on a menu dense with Italian delights. Starters such as crispy fried risotto and mozzarella balls ($7) and fresh bruschetta ($6.25) make satisfying meal bases for the award-winning pizzas. Pies are offered in two sizes—personal portions ($8+) or 18" discs ($13+)—and come customizable with more than 25 toppings, including bacon ($2), eggplant ($2), and roasted red peppers ($3). Specialty pies such as the expo-winning victory pie ($19 for 18" pie), a Margherita pizza with parsley sausage, mushrooms, and shaved parmesan, will tame topping negotiations, while hand-held calzones ($7–$9) and the extensive selection of popular pasta dishes ($10–$15) and entrees ($13–$21) are sure to delight.
For nearly 20 years, G'Angelo's has mesmerized mouths with its mellifluous menu of pizzas, subs, pastas, and more. Each day, its hot oven births pies ($4.99–$10.99) teeming with fresh toppings ($1–$1.50 each). Sink fangs into one of G'Angelo's specialty pies ($9.99–$15.99) such as the house special, a symphonic spread of meats and veggies, or enter the produce-permeated veggie, its lush dough villa furnished with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, cheese curtains, and tomatoes. Meanwhile, G'Angelo's family lasagna dinner includes a choice of four toppings and comfortably feeds four estranged relatives ($15.99). Diners fearful of silverware can hand-hold a wide selection of calzones ($4.99, $.79 for toppings) and subs ($3.99–$6.50).
Ray’s New York Pizza offers a menu filled with delicious New York–style pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and more, all made from fresh ingredients. Start out by throwing on your best bomb-squad costume and carefully approaching an explosive plate of chicken bursts ($6.75) served with ranch, garlic, or hot sauce, and top it off with a warm bowl of chili ($2.99). Alternately, use bits of candy corn you saved from last Halloween to lure a chicken, gyro, or veggie-filled pita wrap ($7.50) into your mouth trap. Pizzas can be procured in classically foldable slices ($2.75–$4.25) or in 14-inch ($14.15–$18.70), 16-inch ($16.50–$21.25), or 18-inch ($17.75–$22.75) sizes. Meat lovers will appreciate Ray’s meat pizza, which features pepperoni, sausage, ham, and meatballs, while the gourmet veggie pizza will delight herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a conglomeration of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and other legumes.