At Vino Ristorante, every dining experience blends on the New-World traditions of Italian-Americans and the Old-World presentations of cuisine native to Northern Italy. Chefs craft traditional and contemporary comfort foods, employing homemade pastas as well as gluten-free and whole-wheat alternatives. Entrees range from freshly grilled meats with a delicate topping of fresh arugula to sauce-laden bowls of spaghetti with homemade meatballs. Bartenders accessorize each meal with glasses of Italian wine or cocktails made with hand-squeezed juices, freshly muddled berries, and ice cubes fashioned by an animatronic Mr. Freeze.
Rustic yellow walls stretch up to the high ceilings in Vino Ristorante’s dining room, lending an Old-World charm to the polished wooden tables and metalwork that evoke a more modern feel. On Saturdays, the restaurant hosts live musical performances as long as diners agree to help keep time by chewing in unison.
Mike and Terry Schneider already knew what it took to run a restaurant when they opened The Loop Pizza Grill more than 20 years ago. Previously the owners of Jacksonville?s neighborhood hangout Applejacks, the Schneiders wanted to create a pizza place that was both elegant and laid-back, just like the Queen of England in a tracksuit. At each of their locations, they and their kitchen staff whip up a menu of specialty pizzas, fire-grilled burgers, and verdant salads with fresh, handpicked ingredients, serving each carefully crafted selection on real china.
Ruckus Pizza and Bar's chefs have been satiating the immense hunger of NCSU's budding student body and esteemed faculty since 1999. They crown their fresh, made-to-order pizzas with garlic, roasted red peppers, and ricotta, and will even swap out traditional pizza sauce for ranch and spicy buffalo sauce. As their savory pies bubble in ovens, the kitchen team prepares a number of handheld foods, including gourmet philly cheesesteaks, meaty sub sandwiches, calzones, and spinach-stuffed harmonicas. Bartenders shake up fruity cocktails or pour beers and wine that complement the flavors of their hearty cuisine. On select nights, the staff welcomes guests to cheer and shout during trivia, participate in open-mic nights, and dance to the thumping beats of live DJs. They also unify their newly remodeled eatery's sports-themed decor with athletic flourishes such as jerseys, commemorative ballpark photos, and neon signs.
zpizza— voted best pizza in Raleigh by CitySearch and Best Pizza in Cary by WakeCary Magazine —is known for its inventive, California-style pizzas: think zesty Thai-style chicken pizza with peanut sauce and cilantro, or Mexican-style pizza loaded with taco fixings. But even a simple cheese or pepperoni pizza from zpizza is sure to be memorable. That's because the restaurant's cooks use only top-shelf ingredients in their brick-oven-baked pies, from the Montana winter wheat that goes into their hand-thrown crusts to the organic tomato sauce and Wisconsin skim mozzarella layered on top. Diners can customize pizzas with other toppings, including locally sourced meats, fresh produce, and gourmet ingredients such as truffle oil.
Cooks at Michelangelo's Pizza's Cary location sprinkle fresh garlic, italian sausage, and green peppers to form custom orders and the specialty pies that make up their daily pizza buffet. Guests can transform their round pie into a square meal with fresh garden salads or sizzling chicken wings coated in teriyaki, barbecue, or buffalo sauces. The imposing lunch and dinner buffets houses pre-sliced pizzas, hearty pastas, and salads to complement sauce-drenched feasting. Dessert options range from peanut-butter, chocolate-chip, and cherry-pie pizzas to chocolate-dipped cannolis.