In the kitchen at Mario’s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York–style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 19 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak or veal parmigiana, round out the menu.
Bambino Brothers Pizza serves New York–style pies crafted from hand-tossed dough and made-from-scratch sauce. Wardrobe your thin-crusted creation in two toppings of your choice, selecting from classic accoutrements such as pepperoni, sausage, green olives, tomatoes, ham, mushrooms, spinach, feta, fresh garlic, and more. Double up on tasty protein such as salami and Canadian bacon if you need a pick-me-up after watching your favorite star get the ballroom-dancing boot, or place a pie with two veggie toppers on an open windowsill if you want to woo a brontosaurus. Round out your already circular repast by adding an appetizer of hot wings ($6.95 for 10), a specialty salad ($5–$6.95), sub sandwich ($5.95 for an 8"), or hot Italian dinner to your order.
The crew in the cocina at Cappolla’s Pizza & Grill bakes pizzas with toppings both commonplace and unusual and ingredients sourced locally and organically whenever possible. Feta cheese, banana peppers, and buffalo sauce grace the bubbling surface of cheesy pies, and tuck under the crusts of steak- or chicken-stuffed calzones and strombolis. Like the Roman morning paper, pastas arrive doused in alfredo, marinara, and pesto sauces.
Executive Chef Doug Triolo takes a modern approach with each dish on his menu to foster an open, contemporary environment at Graffiti’s Bistro. Medallions of pork tenderloins are stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon to complement the citrus sweetness of an orange marmalade. The chefs temper the spicy kick of blackened tilapia with a Grand Marnier sauce and rub filet mignon with traditional Montreal spices. Diners get in on the experimentation by customizing gourmet burgers with eclectic toppings such as coleslaw, applewood bacon, and bermuda onions. In the bistro’s dining rooms, dark wood accents create an elegant atmosphere complemented by cabinets filled with wine bottles and a marble-plated fireplace. On the weekends, local musicians strum guitars and shatter priceless vases to the beats of Motown and contemporary rock, which can be heard on the outdoor patio as patrons dine underneath oversize umbrellas.
Amante Gourmet Pizza blends wholesome, all-natural ingredients to pack its menu with tasty Italian treats. Batches of pizza dough are prepared by hand to ensure freshness and employee wrist fitness. Persnickety patrons sharpen their teeth on a pie prepared to their specifications ($8.99 for a medium), lathered in their choice of sauce (tomato, dijonnaise, olive oil with basil and rosemary, and more) before being topped with edible accessories from Amante's extensive list of creative toppings ($1.50 each). Those too hungry to reinvent the pie can enjoy a preconceived specialty pizza such as the Pollo Resistance, glazed with olive oil and then topped with barbecue chicken, red onion, and mozzarella cheese ($12.75 for a medium), or the vegetarian-friendly Greek, with fresh garlic, spinach, black olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, and feta ($14.50 for a medium). All pizzas are built on your choice of regular or whole-wheat crust foundations judged up-to-code by the North Carolina Pizza Authority.