At Gattitown, a vast buffet quells the hungers caused by romping through up to 10,000 square feet of violence-free arcade games, bumper cars, and mini bowling. Before meals, kids scurry between more than 150 exciting games, including virtual-reality racing and tax-filing simulations. In the bumper-car arena, wee ones determine driving dominance by crashing and cruising around a spacious floor. Players then hone their underhand tosses with mini bowling and skee-ball, shooting for tickets to spend on doodads, gadgets, and teddy-bear ransoms inside the Gatti goods store.
What sets the Hungry Howie’s menu apart from other pizza parlors is the eight flavored-crust options that inject life into the formerly discarded pizza part. If you’re allergic to life, inject butter, onion, butter cheese, ranch, Cajun spices, garlic herb, or sesame instead. Keep thinking outside the pizza box by loading your flavorful crust with specialty pizza innards, such as the Philly cheese and steak ($8.99-$18.99), and the Howie Maui (ham, smoked bacon, and pineapple, $8.99 - $18.99). DIY diners, on the other hand, can opt for a build-your-own pizza ($3.99-$12.99). Howie's also serves up tasty wings ($6.99-$19.99), salads (try a small Greek starting at $3.99), calzone-style subs ($2.99 -$6.99), and Howie bread which comes in buttered garlic ($3.49), three cheese ($4.99), Cajun ($3.49), and sticky-sweet cinnamon ($3.49). Because Hungry Howie’s pizza tastes just as good backward as it does forward, share a slice and enjoy a Lady and the Tramp moment with your favorite bus driver.
When you bite into the juicy tomatoes and finely tuned sauces that grace the pizza pies and strombolis at Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza, you're experiencing a genealogy of flavor that extends back to the recipes of Johnny Pace in his 1965 Manlius, New York, pizza shop. Today the restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients and a diligent sauce-stirring wrist to deliver a lot of love (and just a sprinkle of hatred to give it zing) into every savory bite.
With its namesake communal-eating spread, sun-hugged outdoor patio, and scratch-stitched cuisine, Round Table on the Square gathers and forges friends over hearty, heartfelt meals. Rumbling bellies and slightly twisted sturgeon may quench hunger with a menu featuring appetizers like the Mississippi caviar, a textured delicacy of purple-hull peas, corn, and diced veggies ($6). Entice blasé tongues with entrees such as the Palomino burger, a 6-ounce patty sharing real estate with bacon, cheese, pimentos, a host of photosynthesizers, and Creole mustard ($10) or the country-fried steak, a hand-pounded doused-and-sizzled top sirloin ($10).
Fred Cerami’s first venture into the food industry was selling hot dogs on the streets of Hattiesburg. He loved feeding people, but wanted to incorporate his Sicilian heritage and generations of family recipes into his work. So in 1977, he left the streets, came inside, and laid down his roots within the kitchen of Cerami’s Italian Restaurant. Today, Fred’s daughter Alissa runs the restaurant, but not much else has changed. The kitchen still churns out homemade ravioli, lasagna, and spaghetti with meatballs, Italian flags still adorn the walls of the dining room, and Fred’s old Hattiesburg hot-dog wagon is still there, enjoying its healthier second act as an all-you-can-eat salad bar.