Peppino's pizza chefs toss homemade dough before slathering it in homemade sauce, blanketing it in Grande cheese and fresh toppings, and baking it to a tawny crispness. Culinary craftsmen can arrange more than 15 toppings, such as feta cheese and meatballs, onto thin and thick crusts, or hide the goods inside a calzone or stromboli. Fourteen cold and hot 6-inch and 12-inch subs satiate sandwich cravings, including the vegetarian and the chicken cutlet with provolone, while an order of garlic-cheese bread keeps fingers occupied so they don't return to unscrewing the tops of every salt shaker in the restaurant. Pasta dinners–including meat lasagna, cheese raviolis, and eggplant parmigiana–share stomach space with a crisp salad and bread, while a smattering of desserts from cannoli to tiramisu temper sweet teeth.
Housemade dough rises twice every day in Frodo's Pizza's kitchen, where each batch follows a recipe perfected since the restaurant's founding in 1979. Whole-milk mozzarella cheese joins customizable toppings such as artichoke hearts and italian sausage; specialty pizzas such as the Hawaiian combine pre-calibrated selections of ham, pineapple, and bacon. Frodo's also serves an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, and placates sweet teeth with chocolate chip dessert pizza and soda poured by the cup, half-gallon, or mouthful.
For more than 33 years, the chefs at Gourmet Pizza and More have topped housemade dough with signature sauce, real cheese, and fresh vegetables. In addition to specialty pies such as the Marco Polo with chicken, almonds, and sweet and sour sauce, chefs build customized pizzas with an array of toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes, gyro meat, and fresh basil. Italian-style dinner entrees include pesto chicken manicotti in alfredo sauce, while Greek specialties include gyro plates and napkins made from genuine philosopher beards.
The same love for pizza and beer that fueled three college students in 1974 transformed their lives as they expanded their business from one rundown building in Atlanta to 100 Mellow Mushroom restaurants across 15 states today. Each eatery owes its individual style to each location's being locally owned and operated, much like impressionist painters owed their individual style to their number of ears. In the kitchens, chefs assemble grilled and deli-style hoagies and bake calzones and pizzas in stone hearths using dough made with natural spring water. Though many of the restaurant's dishes have remained on the menu since its inception, the culinary crew frequently devises new, often gluten-free, dishes to keep senior-ranking pepperonis from becoming too powerful. Servers pair dishes with their location's own set of local brews, which fit into a collection of up to 100 microbrewed and imported beers on tap and in bottles. Brewers such as Bell's, Abita, and Dogfish Head are also featured in regular beer events.
Specializing in thick deep-dish pizza, Jet's has indulged palates since 1978, when the eponymous Jetts brothers opened the first joint in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Stacks of meat and veggies pile onto piping-hot Jetzee subs, and a variety of healthy salads helps to avoid the wrath of the Food Pyramid's ancient golems armed with giant wooden tongs.
Concocted by executive chef Malcolm Garrison, Giatu dispenses a heterogeneous array of American–inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinnertime dishes. Early birds tired of their worm diets can select from an array of balanced breakfast platters, including omelets and french toast. Small and large bites, such as slider trios or crab cake po boys, give lunchtime new zest alongside health-conscious entree salads and soup, salad, and sandwich trios. By dusk, Giatu fuses abundant styles of American cuisine, borrowing flavors from southern-styled eats to steakhouse fare. The eatery's catering menu enriches parties and private events, and its elegant dining space designed with intricately patterned primary colors hosts groups small and large. Giatu permits patrons to supply their own wine and beer every Sunday, which they can sip with no corkage fee in the hardwood-floor lounge replete with snuggly sofas, a cozy fireplace, complementary WiFi, and a flat-screen TV broadcasting the latest sports.
Using recipes that go back five generations of Sicilians, Antonino Bertolo's Pizza & Wine Bar has filled the bellies of eager diners for more than thirty years. Pure olive oil and a touch of honey combine to give the pizza dough its distinctive flavor, and high-quality mozzarella bubbles atop pies and pastas and inside calzones and Stromboli.