The staff at Giovanni's Place #2 serves up mouthwatering morsels from a menu that's so humongous that it counts for book-report credit in most of the nation's high schools. Because of the enormity of its scope, the menu's sure to satisfy any diner's cravings, whether they're stopping in for a quick bite or catering a large party. In addition to standard Italian dishes such as New York-style pizzas, pastas, and stromboli, folks can also order all-American favorites including sub sandwiches, wings, and burgers.
Whirls of steam escape from piping-hot pies and pasta, veal, chicken, and seafood dishes as they travel from kitchen to table at Venice Italian Eatery & Pizza. Across the street from the historic Broadway Theatre of Pitman, the 110-seat BYOB eatery treats patrons to a show-stopping menu of pasta favorites with noodles that can be contorted into likenesses of Willy Loman selling Hamlet a timeshare. Entrees can also be transformed into catered fare for the soiree of your choice. The chefs additionally craft an array of handheld sandwiches including burger, pita, and panini varieties.
In some families, all the children are blessed with a knack for sports. In others, the offspring may be born with an aptitude for math or the ability to reason with sharks. In the Testa family, however, the seven brothers and five sisters all ended up with a passion for great Italian food. Bruno’s Pizza Villa is one of six Italian eateries run by the Testa children, each one serving authentic pizzas and Italian specialties. Bruno Testa takes the reins at this family-friendly eatery, overseeing kitchen chefs as they whip up Neapolitan-style pies.
The pizza-makers toss freshly made dough with gourmet toppings, such as buffalo mozzarella, barbeque chicken, and sundried tomatoes. Once pizzas begin baking in the ovens, the cooks turn their attention to cheesy calzones, crispy sandwiches, and traditional pasta dishes. They extend their culinary expertise towards a variety of seafood specialties, including creamy lobster ravioli and spicy seafood fra diavlo. Meanwhile, their customers recline on cushy booths in the bright dining room, lingering over last bites of handmade cannoli and sugary zeppolli.
Owner Mike Karasavas's dream has come to fruition: he has spearheaded not one, but two Media, PA, restaurants—the upscale Generations Restaurant steakhouse, and its casual counterpart, The Drawing Room Pizza Pub, good for families, late night entertainment, and tasty pizza. The pub features a fully stocked bar, stage, and lush outdoor patio, creating a fitting backdrop for its weekly dance parties, poker tournaments, and live music performances. When discussing such events with reporters from Suburban Life Magazine, Mike said, "our pizza pub absolutely fills a need no other place does. People can come to dance or get dressed up to enjoy a date night."
To fuel this constant stream of activity, the eatery's chefs whip up a variety of upscale pub favorites, from juicy angus beef burgers to authentic Italian pastas. The stars of their kitchen, however, are the thin crust artisanal pizzas, which chefs make from fresh dough, homemade sauce, and premium ingredients.
Alfredo Giannaccari learned how to carefully craft house-made breads and sausages in the familiar confines of his uncle's bakery and his father's butcher shop. Calling upon these lessons, Alfred shares his knowledge daily as owner of Alfredo's Italian Pizza Kitchen, the home to traditional Italian pastas and American-inspired additions. His chefs output a variety of delicate dishes such as linguine, rigatoni, and manicotti cooked with house-made shells tossed with vegetable or rich cream sauces. They also build heaping and hearty sandwiches on sturdy torpedo rolls as well as thin-crusted or sicilian pizzas that are best enjoyed either warm or with an unselfish imaginary friend.
The pizza-makers at Saucey so pride their process that they couldn't help but document each of its stages in a comprehensive slide-show. It begins with hand-spun dough, upon which cooks sprinkle customizable combos from more than 10 toppings, including bacon and sweet peppers. More creative ingredients crown specialty pies, from chicken coated in honey mustard to cheesesteak fixings. Speaking of classic cheesesteak—they also make a buffalo chicken version, which partly comprises Saucey's selection of delectable hoagies that, much like an edible convertible, can be ordered as a wrap. Saucey also showcases other pizzeria treats, such as pepperoni-stuffed strombolis and fries smothered in housemade American cheese sauce.