The menu at American Pie Pizza places classic pizza creations alongside delicious sandwich and snack options. Fire up your feast by surfing atop tortilla chips into a bowl of Robbi's Salsa (small $3.99, large $6.99) before making friends with one of the pizzeria's masterful pies. Patrons can create their own pizza, selecting an 8" ($4.29), a 10" ($7.99), or a 14" ($10.99) pie draped with mozzarella cheese and ready to be painted with your choice of toppings from 11 meats and 22 veggies ($.70–$1.10 each). For lunchers too lazy to craft their circular cuisine themselves, American Pie Pizza offers favorites such as the margherita ($6.29–$13.89), the beef-and-veggie bounty of the supreme ($6.99–$15.49), and the pork-packed Hog Wild Pizza ($7.59–$16.99). Gluten-free crusts are available on 10" pizzas for an additional $1. Say no to dough with a sandwich such as a meatball sub ($4.99–$7.79) or the American Club ($4.79–$7.59). Unlike the mythical clutch hitter, the "pizzookie" dessert, a chocolaty, peanut buttery creation topped with syrup and whipped cream ($6.99–$15.49), is as real as it is delicious.
There's an old saying that claims you shouldn't fix what isn't broken. Don't tell that to the team at Old Chicago pizza and taproom, though. Turns out, going against traditional wisdom can sometimes pay off. After more than three decades of success that saw the addition of two locations in Arkansas, the team decided to spice things up and completely revamp their menu. They introduced 40 new menu items, including a tavern-style thin-crust pizza to go along with their classic Chicago-style deep dish. Of course, the new pie adheres to Old Chicago's unwavering commitment to quality ingredients, including preservative-free dough made from just water, sugar, yeast, virgin wheat flour, and salt.?
This commitment to top-notch quality runs throughout the rest of the food roster, from an appetizer of house-made soft pretzels studded with fresh jalapenos to a New York-style cheesecake drizzled with a sauce that takes three days to prepare. The craft-beer selection is equally thoughtful, with 30 on tap that include 6 on rotation. In fact, Old Chicago is so invested in great beer that they even offer tips on how to best drink it, including using a glass instead of a plate.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.
From the tomato-red columns running along the wall to the fresh green basil that garnishes dishes on its tables, the dining room at Palio’s Pizza Cafe bursts with color. Roma tomatoes, red peppers, and spicy, house-made red sauce paint thin, crisp pizza crusts. Farm-fresh salads host a kaleidoscope of colorful toppings, such as the Nutty Hawaiian's cashews, pineapples, and cranberries. By the entrance, the mural of a flamenco dancer brandishes a wine bottle like those used by waiters to pour out reds and whites. Above her head, the word Palio's unfurls like an artist's signature on canvas, lending a name to the colorful culinary scene.
Palio's chefs aim to make their dishes as healthful as they are vibrant. They craft crusts with whole-wheat or gluten-free dough upon request, and blend only fresh ingredients and locally sourced magic beans into their house-made pasta sauce.
A downtown mainstay for more than a quarter century, Ciao Italian Restaurant quells cravings with Prime Omaha beef and house-made sugar-free marinara rife with garlic, basil, and olive oil. Chef Tony, the eatery's epicurean mastermind, pours more than three decades of culinary experience into the preparation of Maryland-style crab cakes and fettuccine alfredo seasoned with pepper and ground nutmeg. Servers ferry glasses of pomegranate margaritas to tables dressed in gray linens and patrons sink forks into creamy cannolis imported from New York City's Little Italy. The venue's cozy dining area seats businessmen for quick lunches, couples for candlelit dinners, and canine actors for Lady and the Tramp scene studies.