The proficient pie twirlers at Merlino’s blanket crusts of homemade dough in palatable piles of fresh cheese and toppings. A large 16" pizza quells the hunger pangs of game-day gatherings or an impromptu Thanksgiving with 12 slices of golden crust oozing with melted cheese. Although not included in the price of this deal, additions of pepperoni, sausage, jalapeños, pineapple, or green peppers ($1.95 each) add piquancy to each steaming bite, and specialty ingredients such as gyro meat ($3.25) add a gourmet touch to the comestible circlet. Fingers receive pre-meal warm-ups and postmeal cool-downs by lifting hefty doses of piping-hot wings, made all the more succulent when slathered in a choice of eight sauces, including hot barbecue, buffalo parmesan, Cajun, and butter garlic.
Pluma features flavors from across the globe, with Asian fusion, traditional American, hints of Tex-Mex, invasions of Grecian flavor, and Mediterranean traditionals. Crash-land your appetite on the restaurant’s runway-sized menu and scour the pages to settle on an appetizer such as fried provolone (breaded and fried provolone cheese with house-made marinara, $8.95). Then, split a 16-inch meat lover’s pizza with a carnivorous amore (house-made sauce, sausage, pepperoni, ham, bacon, and Italian cheeses, $9.95).
Hearth-baked pizzas earned Pizza Supreme the love, and votes, of Tribune-Review readers in the 2010 and 2011 Trib Readers' Choice awards, according to the staff. In addition to award-winning pizzas, Pizza Supreme—also known as Café Supreme—serves fresh salads, signature burgers, and italian specialty pastas.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,500 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the Pepperoni Pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs or slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including Frozen Lemonade Mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to local communities through fundraising opportunities.
Asian Picnic helps each of its patrons evoke the muses of epicurean artistry as they gather around personal hibachi grills to craft their own scintillating specialties. While exploring the far reaches of the restaurant's expansive buffet, diners accumulate their choice of fresh meats, vegetables, and sauces before returning to their tables to season their ingredients or tax forms with just the right amount of fire. As feasters bond over the aromas of vegetables mingling with fresh pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, or squid, they may also take advantage of Asian Picnic's BYOB policy and pair a bottle of wine or an intricate brew with their carefully constructed delicacies.
For more than 50 years, the resident chefs at The Penn Monroe have been crafting classic Italian and American cuisine. Muffle neighing stomach horses with a starter of cheese-slathered banana peppers ($8.99) stuffed with hot italian sausage before sharpening incisors on a half-pound bacon-cheddar Black Angus burger ($8.50). Otherwise, grab, slice, or juggle one of The Penn Monroe's many hoagies stuffed with zesty vegetables and deli meats. The italian platter ($12.99) summons a triumvirate of ravioli, angel hair, and chicken parmesan to afford diners the privilege of sampling a wide range of Italian fare without rifling through a gondolier's lunchbox. A septet of televisions pepper the dining area, offering ample opportunities to view various sporting events or set up makeshift living rooms.