Stocked with a plethora of fresh ingredients and plenty of food-based passion, Sammy's Cucina dishes out Italian-American feasts in a quaint, rustically decorated setting. Nestle into the 24-seat bistro restaurant while perusing the extensive menu of savory edibles, such as vodka penne swimming in a light tomato cream and sprinkled with crushed red pepper ($6.99+), or the arancini, rice balls stuffed with ground beef, salami, peas, cheese, breaded, fried, and crowned with meat sauce ($7.99+). Wanderlusting tongues will enjoy a slice of chicken fajita pizza, a cultural fusion of onions, green peppers, salsa, and monterey jack cheese ($12.49/small, $15.49/large).
Stevi B’s pizza-crafting professionals toss together hand-made dough, original sauce, 100% real cheese, and fresh, hand-selected ingredients to construct traditional and anomalous pies within a festive buffet setting. Ogle the extensive menu before lining plates with handmade bread sticks and slices from specialty pies, such as the bacon-sprinkled loaded baked potato pizza ($5.99–$8.99 for carryout) or the macaroni and cheese pizza ($5.99–$8.99 for carryout), a culinary fusion of alfredo sauce and elbow noodles that invoke childhood memories of singing about Yankee Doodle Dandy's mistake of sticking a blue box in his hat and calling it an authentic pasta dinner. Along with serving round-crusted fare, these pizza wizards are game to create any other combination of toppings, delivering customized inventions directly to tables at no extra charge. The smorgasbord of spherical spreads also boasts a salad bar and a slew of desert pizzas that include a chocolate bavarian crème ($5.99–$7.99 for carryout). Buffet prices at the Woodhaven location are $6.29 for adults and $3.59 for kids 10 and younger (3 and under are free), not including drinks. Buffet prices at the Chesterfield Township location are $6.29 for adults and $3.89 for kids 10 and younger, not including drinks.
Armed with only an oven and an old treasure map made of mozzarella cheese, the chefs at Rival’s Pizza bake a long list of pizzeria specialties to a bubbly golden brown. The eatery models its menu after an old-fashioned pizza parlor, but staffers also whip up dough disks in modern 30-inch sizes and make it rain with free sprinklings of parmesan, poppy seeds, crushed red peppers, and cinnamon. Complementing Rival’s main dish are pasta, stromboli, calzones, and a smores dessert pizza with Hershey's chocolate; delivery is available for an extra dollar.
Back in 1957 when Marie and Joseph "Jo-Jo" Hashim founded Jo Jo's Original Pizza, they decided to concoct original recipes for their breads, crusts, and housemade sauce. Fifty years later, most of these savory instructions are still in use, guiding chefs as they craft traditional pies as well as Jo Jo's specialty hawaiian and taco pizzas. Run today by Marie and Joseph's descendants, Jo Jo's rounds out its menu with other classic Italian fare, including housemade lasagna, pastas, and subs.
To reach their table at Spaghetti Warehouse, guests commonly have to step through two doors: the front door of the restaurant and the door of the antique trolley parked inside. Since its inception in 1972, the Italian eatery has merged the functions of kitchen and museum. Artifacts such as grandfather clocks, factory flywheels, and circus billboards surround diners as they delve into signature plates of 15-Layer Lasagna or hand-rolled meatballs. Apart from the items they've amassed, each of the buildings also has a particular history, from the one-time ice-manufacturing plant in Columbus to Memphis's Civil War munitions depot. Given their storied pasts, it's no surprise that several of these venues house their own ghosts—at Houston's warehouse, for example, elevator lights have been known to flicker, objects are mysteriously found in new locations, and a lady in a white gown is said to roam the restaurant.
Yet the main attraction of the place is the delicious food. Like any great Italian meal, made-from-scratch dishes are created from family recipes passed down for generations via email. Guests devour the perfectly al dente pasta, crispy calamari, bottomless soups, and 12-layer chocolate cakes while dining with family and friends. It’s that feeling of togetherness that people love about Spaghetti Warehouse, a feeling that is only enhanced when the drinks start flowing and the air is punctuated by the sounds of laughter as kids play retro games, such as The Claw prize-grabbing machine.