The ovens at Mancino's Pizza and Grinderswork work overtime. They cook each day, turning out batches of the restaurant's signature breadsticks, hot meat-and-cheese-covered grinders on freshly baked bread, and, of course, specialty or build-your-own pizzas. The ovens' interiors breathe thermal life into concoctions whose histories stretch far back in time. Their grinders were born—according to Mancino's menu—on the East Coast during World War I, when Italian immigrants served hearty sandwiches to shipyard workers who were grinding off rivets for warships. Near the ovens, cooks cover spaghetti and lasagna in handcrafted marinara sauce using an old family recipe. In addition to hardworking ovens, the restaurant's new location boasts four large-screen TVs and an ice-cream bar to cool down well-heated palates.
Simply Italian Eatery’s cuisiners craft an extensive menu of made-to-order and preprepared Italian spreads within a casual food haven that fuses the epicurean delectations of a restaurant, bakery, and café. Muffle atonal stomach saxophones with a trip to the Market Stand ($8, $4 with entree), a buffet brimming with soups and salads, before mouth diving into a bowl of traditional pasta, such as the penne primavera ($9) or gnocchi al romano ($10). Feed a table of teenage mutant bon vivants with a cheese pizza ($6+), or with one of many traditional pies such as the margharita or roasted eggplant ($10+). Discerning carnivores can sharpen their incisors on a selection of meaty entrees, including the chicken parmesan or veal scaloppine ($12+), and vegetarians can hang a fang on the canneloni- and basil-covered capresse classico salad ($8).
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).
Even without toppings, the pies at Andy's Pizza & Subs come in seven different flavors. The pizzeria crafts six variations on their regular crust, from dustings of cajun spices to coatings of garlic butter. Atop each, they add house-made sauces and flavorful toppings, from bacon and jalapenos to tortilla chips and taco meat. Pizza fixings—as well as ingredients for chicken parms and BBQ steak—also go into making Andy's subs, whose "party" versions stretch up to six feet in length.
Since Andy's opened in 1984, its menu has expanded from its eponymous menu items to include other hearty dishes, including hand-made lasagnas and hot dogs smothered with the shop's own chili sauce. Besides hosting lunch seven days a week, Andy's crew delivers its pizzeria goodies free of charge, though deliverers never turn down an appreciative arcade token.
The recipes at Rosie’s Italian Grille have spanned oceans and generations to appeal to present-day senses with aromatic Old World fare. Born in Montelepre, Sicily, Rosie immigrated to the United States in 1924, bundling with her a cache of culinary treasures mapped from mother to daughter. When the first Rosie’s Italian Grille opened on Sylvania Avenue, her three sons asserted that the hardest part of the entire enterprise was “translating her recipes.”
Today, executive chef Eric Kish continues to translate and update Rosie's culinary blueprints, marrying traditional and modern influences in a menu that boasts fine steaks, award-winning pizzas, seafood flown in from the Florida Keys, and fresh-baked desserts lauded for their presentation by the Toledo Blade. In the 27 years since the original Rosie’s opened, guests have delighted in not just the food, but the Tuscan-themed setting illuminated by flickering candlelight, which is more romantic than the flickering of a tableside cardiograph.
Like a camera obscura built around a dinner table, Home Slice Pizza stays forever focused on its cuisine. Within the brick-lined establishment’s kitchen, chefs toss and fire large and extra-large thin-crust pizzas topped with ingredients as classic as pepperoni and anchovies or as original as artichoke hearts, seasoned steak, and A1 sauce. Under this flavor ornamentation lies the pizzas’ true foundation: cheese. Blends of mozzarella, feta, ricotta, cheddar, parmesan, and romano provide a solid base for creative ingredient combinations and add a gooey warmth to every bite. Not content to be confined to pizzas alone, cheese also douses orders of pan-baked cheese bread and supports focaccia subs flecked with herbs and stuffed with hot ham, turkey, bacon, and veggies.