Family Table's menu spans every daily meal and American dish imaginable. It even includes some specialties from the Italian and Greek traditions, such as philosophy and pillared architecture. Along with classic burgers and meatloaf, the kitchen team cooks calzones, Italian pastas, and chicken souvlaki on pita.
A border of red, green, and white checkered tiles runs beneath the soup, salad, and pizza buffets that encourage sampling and culinary adventure, and breakfast is served all day.
In the midst of ever-multiplying chain eateries, Gabriel's Pizza embraces its status as a mom-and-pop pizza joint. Though the restaurant boasts patio seating and exposed-brick walls, owners Charley and Allen Eisenmenger generally avoid frills and instead focus on perfecting a menu that brings together New York’s thin-crust pizzas and Chicago’s deep-dish pies. Their fresh dough never sees the inside of a freezer or kitchen igloo, and it takes on a whole new layer of taste when chefs coat it with the restaurant's signature sauce. They top specialty pies with USDA-certified meats and produce largely sourced from a Charleston vendor, gracing dough with accessories ranging from classic pepperoni to rich artichoke hearts. The chefs also craft entrees such as baked spaghetti and ravioli.
Pizza ChaCha's menu of unique pies, served with a salad in the middle, sates hunger for leafy and cheesy eats simultaneously, and the attached coffee shop, Jitterz, percolates a wide variety of roasted beans. ChaCha’s crusty circlets arrive bejeweled with bacon, spicy diavolo pepperoni, tofu, pesto sauce, roasted corn and garlic, and more ($1.10 per topping on 12" pizza). Crusts are available in hand-tossed, thin, or gluten-free varieties, and signature central salads fill the delectable dough enclosure, mimicking the way the earth’s core is also a salad. Hoagies (from $6.50) sate more individualistic hungers, and a range of domestic and italian suds (from $2.75) salve cheese-singed tongues.
A stack of burning wood warms the oven at Iron Gate Pizzeria, turning thin disks of dough into golden-brown pizza crusts. These crispy pies showcase toppings that range from the traditional––mozzarella sliced fresh by hand––to the gourmet––gorgonzola cheese, artichoke hearts, and spicy cherry peppers. Shy pizzas fold up and hide both their toppings and innermost secrets inside the buttery shell of a calzone.
Copeland’s of Kingston sources its sport peppers, hot giardiniera, and neon relish directly from Chicago. That’s because owner Jeremy Copeland is serious about his passion for Chicago street fare and 50's rockabilly. Teal walls and checkerboard linoleum floors surround guests as they perch on chrome soda-fountain stools, chowing down on Italian sub sandwiches filled with salami, pepperoni, and homemade vinaigrette, corned beef reubens, or hearty half-pound burgers. An extensive hot dog menu, with dogs chosen among the top five in East Tennessee, treats hungry patrons to sausages covered in southern-style chili and sautéed onions, or dogs prepared in the traditional Chicago style: with Vienna Beef franks run through a garden of relish, mustard, pickles, and tomatoes, all tucked into a tiny winter coat.
The chefs at Sauce create a menu of Italian dishes with an American twist, from cheesy garlic bread to chili spaghetti. Their pizza specialties, made with a generation-tested family recipe, range from classic pepperoni to chicken alfredo and hot barbecue chicken. The eatery’s minimalist decor allows guests to focus on the important things, like gooey melted cheese. A ladle and a spatula bisect a wall of framed art, including empty frames that showcase momentous occasions yet to happen, such as the world president dubbing California the world's most beautiful island.
Unlike unmellow mushrooms that make you take hour-long showers and nag you for tracking mud in the house, the Mellow Mushroom makes pizzas. The joint specializes in surrounding your dining experience with a dazzling atmosphere, artwork oozing with pizzazz, crisp bottles of happy beers, and the kinds of pizzas that got all the best solos at the fifth-grade choir demonstration. Sip on a cold draft of beer while ogling the Mushroom’s spread of Kosmic Karma pies that merge sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta, fresh tomatoes, and pesto ($12.49 for a 10’’); gourmet white pizzas with the harmonious offerings of olive oil and garlic, sunny-dried tomatoes, provolone, mozzarella, feta, and onions ($12.49 for a 10"); and the Magical Mystery Tour, brining pesto, portobello and button mushrooms, spinach, feta, and jalapenos back together for a reunion jam in your mouth ($12.99 for a 10").