Steve's Pizza has been tossing pizzas for 36 years, sating appetites with handmade pies and regularly updated recipes that include gluten-free options. The menu boasts specialty pizzas such as the The Steve chockful of meats and veggies or the Mediterranean Gourmet sprinkled with spinach, olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and Greek peppers. Steve's also offers up hearty sandwiches including a Philly cheesesteak and a meatball sandwich blanketed in freshly baked bread, and pasta classics in the form of spaghetti and meatballs and grilled chicken and vegetable pesto.
It is not just the pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas that keep guests coming back to Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse—the hand-crafted beers also play a major role, quenching thirsts with flavors ranging from the Uptown blonde’s light layers of honey to the highly hoppy profile of the Skinner’s Horse IPA. Pete’s team keeps meals in balance by offering food-and-beer-paring suggestions, assuring diners that the Midtown ale harmonizes with fish tacos and that the Old Town red—a malty, medium-bodied amber ale—improves coordination for slam-dunking meatballs.
Gourmet dining meets comfort at Strings Italian Cafe, where chefs whip up an array of classic Italian dishes and serve them in an atmosphere that is always elegant, but never stuffy. Here, there are specialties to sate any Italian food craving, whether you're in the mood for a homey helping of meat and cheese lasagna or want to impress a date by hand feeding them bites of veal cutlet parmesan. Seafood and pasta specialties, pizzas, and calzones can all be found on the menu, which is served at more than 20 locations across California.
For more than 50 years, Round Table Pizza has fired up the appetites of flavor-starved foodies with a host of appetizers, crisp salads, and topping-laden disks. Dough is made from scratch using wheat sourced from the company's family farms, ensuring that the bready foundations of mainstays, such as the barbecue chicken pizza ($17.90 for a medium), are fresh and familiar with agricultural machinery. House creation King Arthur Supreme takes charge of nearby chompers, guiding them through an invasion of pepperoni, italian sausage, salami, linguica, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives, and more ($12.75 for a small). Meanwhile, the Wombo Combo tempts taste buds with crisp bacon, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green onions, and a medley of magnanimously portioned meats ($7.30 for a personal size). Inspiration-stricken patrons can design their own pie or swing by the all-you-can-eat salad bar ($5.29) to adorn lush leaves with tasty toppings under the glow of the light bulb growing from their foreheads.
Vaiano Trattoria's husband-and-wife owners, Nathan Hickok and Patrizia Russo-Hickok, must have felt proud when the Granite Bay View called their food "authentic, fresh, and real." Patrizia hails from Vaiano, Italy, and runs this eatery with her restaurant-veteran husband as a way to recapture the food crafted by her mother and grandmother. On a menu that's rustic and flavorful—like a chocolate-covered log cabin—the chefs top pappardelle with braised wild boar and mostaccioli with mushrooms and pancetta. The interior complements the food, with mottled walls in a golden yellow and iron wall sconces mirroring that of an Old World trattoria. The staff also enjoys updating the wine list with new finds from Italy and pairing them with house specials.
As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s Pizza has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments.
In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.