Mountain Mike’s Pizza keeps belly bearings well lubricated with its selection of topping-laden pizzas, oven-kissed sandwiches, and more. Like a fleet-footed yeti, Mountain Mike’s Pizza's menu deftly scales rocky heights with its selection of mountain-themed specialty pizzas, such as the 12-inch Everest and Snowy Alps pizzas, each stacked with a savory selection of Old World pepperoni, onion, olives, and more ($17.99). With two types of crust, four sauces, and 26 toppings, diners can craft their own perfect pies.
Anne and Jonas Beiler never meant to create the pretzel juggernaut that is Auntie Anne's. When they bought their first farmers' market stand, they intended it to fund their community-counseling outreach. Instead, they just happened to craft pretzels that were "better than the best you've ever tasted!" Twenty-four years later, the company has risen faster than dough baked on the sun, with 1,200 locations in 46 states and more than 23 countries. While rolling more than 500,000 pretzels every two days, the company has stayed true to its original menu of pretzels with a twist. Today the varieties span from original salt covered to cinnamon-sugar, garlic, or pepperoni pretzels, and baking kits are available so that customers can have them at home or the cruise-ship engine room that’s currently serving as home.
These days, you'll usually find Chef Ramiro crafting dishes in the kitchen at Tresetti's World Caffé. But before he arrived in downtown Modesto, Ramiro was paying his dues in the most glamorous way possible, working alongside famous chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and cooking for the likes of Bill Clinton, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis.
It seems that Ramiro learned a thing or two from catering to the stars. At Tresetti's, the chef transforms locally sourced ingredients into stunning interpretations of global cuisine. Ramiro and his team have a particular knack for pairings; their dinner menu alone features roasted garlic and brie with a crusty baguette and lollipop-style coconut shrimp with pineapple salsa. To help you navigate, Ramiro has even studded his menu with little flags that show each dish's favorite Olympic national team.
Flexibility is key for Xpress Bodyworks' massage therapists. In addition to soothing musculature and minds through Swedish strokes, craniosacral techniques, and reiki therapy, they target signs of chronic pain with deep-tissue pressure and trigger-point work, always adapting their techniques to the client. The studio's signature treatments combine elements from each approach, forming personalized bodywork sessions that simultaneously address aches and energy concerns.
Gentle music plays in the private treatment rooms to put clients at ease even before they climb atop the heated massage tables. Flickering candles illuminate the space and a draped ceiling reinforces a spirit of calm as the therapist and the client discuss bodywork needs, lifestyle concerns, and whether it's good for the back to fall asleep in the bathtub.
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 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 all-natural beef tuscan ribeye, 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.
No strangers to grocers, siblings John Pallios and Denise Pallios Zagaris grew up working in their father's grocery stores, the first of which opened back in 1951. After the chain closed, the two put their heads together before arriving at the inspired idea of a small, old-school neighborhood deli. Thus, Chopping Block Butcher Shop and Deli was born. From the butcher, a huge variety of meats includes quality steaks, hand-made sausages, and specialty dry rubs and marinates. The deli counter is equally stocked with ready-made eats, as well as fresh-made sandwiches and deli slices.