The strong-armed kitchen colossi of Hot Tomatoes hand-stretch disks of dough, slather them in sauce and cheese, and then fire them in a hearth oven to create a menu of unusual pies. The tortellini white pizza ($14.95–$22.95) lithely pirouettes cheese-stuffed pasta about its doughy dance floor alongside duos of fresh tomatoes and melted gorgonzola. Make a bet on flavorful odds with the clams casino pizza ($14.95–$22.95), where glitzy shellfish hangout on strips of bacon and roasted red pepper, blowing all their pearls on games of five-cheese stud. The eggplant and goat cheese pizza ($14.95–$22.95) overthrows herbaceous hungers with a revolution led by breaded eggplant, rebellious goat cheese, and other mercenary flavors. Foodsmiths carefully craft the shrimp and capers pizza ($12.95–$19.95), balancing powerful flavors in the saucy valley between the rising crests of crust, creating a stunning view for the ingredients and ostrich epicureans who have buried their face in the pizza.
Sun streams through big windows at The Eatery at Carol's Place as diners sip on steaming cups of coffee and choose from an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch comfort food. Breakfast options include a variety of sandwiches and wraps, sweet delights such as belgian waffels and fluffy pancakes, and family-style breakfast options to share, such as a breakfast pizza with eggs and cheese. Lunch brings classic diner fare such as hearty salads, a make-your-own sandwich bar, burgers, and signature dishes such as Carol's "Famous" Open Faced Meatball or Eggplant Sub with housemade sauce. The casual restaurant evokes a homey feeling with a chalkboard menu, vases of cut flowers, and a cozy corner bookshelf.
Soho Pizza’s menu allows diners to create their own pizza-topping ensemble or summon a prearranged gourmet food disc. The teriyaki chicken pizza is a mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce dojo in which teriyaki chicken breast senseis train with green-belt green peppers, white-belt mushrooms, and translucent-belt onions ($13.99 for a medium). Non-saucer noshings include ziti, ravioli, and stuffed shells ($6.49 and up), boneless and buffalo wings ($7.99 per dozen), hot subs with al dente pasta sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, and crisp, cool sandwiches. Soho's Pizza spins saucy LPs out of its record playing brick oven until 2 a.m. 364 days a year.
Locally owned Lou-Bea Pizza punches taste buds' passports for a flavorful Italian trip bolstered by an itinerary of eats populated with pizzas and toasty sandwiches. Begin the savory sojourn with a thin crust pie ($8+) prepared with homemade dough and buried like delicious archaeological debris under a hodgepodge of selected toppings ($1.30+ each), including meatballs, broccoli, and bacon. Diners can unpack sandwich cravings with a crusty calzone ($7+) and a steak or pepperoni sub with red sauce and gooey mozzarella ($6.50 each). More than 15 gourmet pies, such as the shrimp scampi ($11.25+) and barbecue chicken ($11.25+), trip epicurean lights fantastic, and a couple dozen wings covered in butter garlic, Cajun, or one of five other glazes place a "no vacancy" sign on belly motels ($13), keeping out rough trade that just wants to pillage the spleen's mini-fridge.
At Pizzalo, patrons pick up pizza, subs, and calzones for Italian-inspired dining. Wings dressed in barbecue sauce or glazed with honey-mustard ($6.99 for 12) compete with fried, breaded ravioli ($4.99) to perform an opening act for taste buds. Classic pizza toppings scatter over eight-cut and ten-cut pies ($11.99+), and the specialty Mexican pie ($14.99+) jazzes things up with salsa, ground beef, and olives. The culinary engineers adorn the Meat Works pie ($17.99+) with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs to catch the eyes of carnivores who only see in the ultraviolet and protein spectrums. Pizzalo also designs non-circular edibles in the form of cold and hot subs ($4.99) and entrees such as baked ziti ($7.99).
The pie crafters at Red Rock Pizza elevate traditional everyman pizzas into artful, artisanal meals. After waiting for the yeast to rise in their house-made, high-gluten Spring Harvest flour dough, they top it with house-made sauce, mozzarella, hand-cut meats, and veggies that are never frozen or told that they couldn’t someday become president. They accent the sauce with freshly roasted garlic and simmered onions before depositing pies into a high-heat convection oven. This arduous process is well worth the finished product: signature specialty pizzas such as the Red Rock, which mingles fresh italian sausage, Arezzio pepperoni, and honey-baked ham with mushrooms, sweet red onion, green peppers, and their signature Red Rock marinara sauce. The same care goes into their other eats, which include wings, calzones, paninis, and pasta dishes available for dine-in, delivery, or catering.
Since 1903, The Orchard Tavern has been hindering hunger pains with a menu of classic sandwiches, salads, burgers, hearty dinners, and more. Protein gobblers or confused vegetarians can order up the meat-lovers pizza, a fresh dough sphere topped with cheese and a conglomerate of sausage, pepperoni, bacon, meatballs, and ham ($12.29). Those ordering for their brontosaurus sidekicks can sample the caesar salad filled with crisp romaine lettuce, onions, croutons, and parmesan cheese ($7.29). With its family-oriented atmosphere, warming fireplace, and historical Albany tradition, The Orchard Tavern is perfect for a hearty dinner with friends or as a warming refuge from an unexpected June blizzard.