Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco began helping out at his family?s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Giammarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon.
The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat?s kitchen operations?although, these days he has considerably more help. Marco's Pizza has over 550 locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh, never-frozen cheeses.
There are no flavor combinations that are off limits at Chill Yogurt Cafe, which fosters flavor experimentation with more than 20 varieties of frozen yogurt. Customers can also innovate by choosing a subset of more than 80 toppings. One might start by selecting swirls of Florida orange sorbet, Italian espresso, and cupcake batter. Each flavor contains only 20?35 calories per ounce, with most options containing no fat or added sugar. At the toppings bar, visitors customize each creation with pieces of fresh fruit, flakes of cereal, bits of candy, and drizzlings of sauce.
The chefs at TokyoSteak House & Sushi Bart whip up more than 80 sushi rolls and sashimi selections, including 27 specialty rolls. The swiftest way to sample the wealth of offerings is by ordering the Love Boat entree for four mere mortals or one Paul Bunyan. The smorgasbord includes a choice of 18 sushi rolls, 30 pieces of sashimi, and orders of the spider roll, lobster roll, and Tokyo roll. If that's not enough food, you can bolster your meal with gyoza appetizers, seaweed soup, entrees cooked on a hibachi, and a slew of other Japanese dishes.
The Red Elephant Pizza and Grill cooks eight kinds of thin-crust pies, but only one bears the restaurant's name. That would be the Red Elephant classic, which comes with mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and green peppers. If none of the specialty pies catch your fancy, however, you can always create your own pie by choosing from two dozen toppings, including more unusual options such as ground beef, pineapple, and bacon.
But perhaps that's jumping too far ahead. First come the starters, which include salty boiled peanuts and beer-battered onion rings served with spicy homemade dipping sauce. Besides pizza, chefs also prepare an Elephant burger with caramelized onions, saut?ed mushrooms, and bleu cheese dressing, plus heartier entrees such as pasta ya-ya and fresh grilled salmon. After the main course, diners can satisfy their sweet tooth by ordering homemade elephant ears with Blue Bell ice cream or by buying a toothpaste with extra sugar in it.