Amerigo's dark, wood-paneled interior and orange-hued walls paint a picture of the quintessential Italian restaurant, a hunger-inducing setting ideal for business meetings and poorly timed breakups. When evening stomach grumbles need snuffing, Amerigo's menu answers with decadent Prince Edward Island mussels ($12) swimming in garlic wine broth, diced tomatoes, and capers, and paired with grilled bruschetta. A wood-fired grill and wood-fired oven infuse Amerigo's smoky foodstuffs with a flavorful variety of tree flesh. From a pasta selection that stretches to Rapunzel-like lengths, diners may choose a savory smoked chicken ravioli in parmesan cream sauce ($13) or a breaded eggplant parmesan ($15) atop angel hair. Post-dinner sugar seekers can crown an evening of romance with an indulgent tiramisu ($6.50).
Specializing in thick, Sicilian–style deep-dish pizza, Jet's has indulged palates since 1978, when the eponymous Jetts brothers opened the first joint in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Crusts buckle under the weight of mozzarella cheese and toppings such as grilled chicken and black olives, accompanied by sides such as hot wings, cinnamon sticks, or Jet's Bread topped with cheese, garlic, and butter. Stacks of meat and veggies pile onto piping-hot subs, and a variety of healthy salads helps to avoid the wrath of the Food Pyramid's ancient golems armed with giant wooden tongs.
Elvis fans will love dining at Coletta's Italian Restaurant in Memphis. Famed as one of the King's hangouts during his days on earth, Coletta's dishes up authentic Italian favorites in an atmosphere that is all Elvis, all the time. Come enjoy the eye-catching décor while noshing on toasted ravioli and crispy, cheesy garlic bread. You can also find pizza, soup, salad, and sandwiches here—and the prices are fit for any budget. Coletta's is family-friendly, too, with a kid's menu featuring a personal, six-inch pizza that the little ones can have all to themselves. The restaurant is up and running seven days a week, so drop by and see for yourself why locals love Coletta's.
The Pizza Shack pulls up a seat for any champion citizen who craves the consumption of a piping-hot meal in a pipingly unpretentious atmosphere. If you're in the mood for a bear fight, hang a fang on "The Shack Attack," a carnivorous pizza coated in pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, shredded steak, pulled pork, a zookeeper, red onion, and a drizzle of barbecue sauce ($19 for a large). For a lighter meal, peruse the menu for single-serve slices ($2.50) and appetizers such as jalapeno dippers ($4.75), breadsticks ($3.75), and personal calzones with your choice of three toppings ($4.75).
With a commitment to stellar service and freshly prepare fare, Camy's serves up a menu that includes a vast selection of items from pizzas to pastas, burgers, salads, and steak sandwiches. Though a master will deliver the restaurant's tasty treats to customers in midtown and downtown, hungry citizens roaming around with a hankering for fine fare can stop in at Camy's dining room and feast on barbecue wings ($8.49) or a meatball sub ($7.49 for 8"). The restaurant is open every day and open late for those who refuse to acknowledge clocks.
Juicy Jim's provides the pizza-loving populace with a stomach-inspiring array of homemade pizzas, pastas, and other Italian-American comfort foods. Get started with Southwestern cheese sticks ($5.50 small) or homemade seasoned fries ($1.75 small) before cramming your pie hole with New Jersey–style pizza ($9.05–$25.25, with toppings starting at $1.75) made with the same care and tenderness that's earned the Garden State the moniker Eskimo-Kissing Capital of the World. Vegetable zealots can load up on flora such as banana peppers, jalapeños, fresh garlic, and pineapple, and protein partisans can pick from meatballs, bacon, beef, steak, and more. Calzones and stromboli (starting at $8.25) are available for diners who prefer their meals in a conveniently throwable format, and an array of create-your-own-pasta formulations gives pastatarians the option to enjoy fettuccine with red-wine shrimp sauce, linguini with Alfredo sauce and grilled chicken, and other custom combos ($10.95). A hearty selection of beers ($3 to $4.50) including Rogue Dead Guy Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire Ale, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, help keep tongues pliable and mouth knives rust-free.