Cooks at The Pizza Box hand toss fresh dough into a base for each of their 70 different pie variations, and it's that kind of dedication to diverse dough disks that earned them silver in the HamptonRoads.com's 2012 Best of Hampton Roads. The topping combinations range from internationally inspired blends such as the France—with potato, rosemary, and goat cheese—to the Morocco, which has figs, falafel, chicken, and cucumber. They also make domestic-inspired pies like the California, a blend of squash, sundried tomato, and mozzarella the exact shade of white as the snow atop the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The family-run Fellini’s satiates salivating diners with delectable Italian cuisine, presented in an inviting European-style café. With 22 gourmet pizzas ($11.50–$13.50), Fellini’s can present a pie for even the pickiest of taste buds, such as the Hawaiian pizza that brims with crushed pineapple, sliced Virginian ham, and sweet gruyere cheese. Pasta purveyors can sample Fellini’s rigatoni ($12.95), doused with an herbed tomato sauce and sprinkled with sweet Italian sausage, fresh basil, garlic, and green olives.
Amid the brick walls and simple wooden tables at University Pizza, diners relax with a menu of casual meals such as subs and custom pizzas. After a round of chicken wings or cheesy nachos, servers reappear with pizzas topped with pineapple or bacon, or meatball-strewn spaghetti cushioned with a slice of garlic bread. Provolone cheese and sweet peppers layer upon subs loaded with roast beef or spicy ham and salami. After eating, patrons can take to the pool table, watch a game on one of the flat-screen TVs, or retreat to the outdoor patio to brag to sidewalks tormented by the delicious smells emanating from University’s kitchen.
Veneziano Italian Restaurant's talented kitchen staff draws on a menu of traditional Italian recipes tweaked by multiple generations during more than 60 years in business. Guests can dive into seafood dishes such as scallops parmesan ($17), a catch of sautéed scallops tossed in marinara sauce and baked with cheese, or sort through maritime treasures like Poseidon during tax season with the shrimp, calamari, and mussels of the frutti di mare ($23.50). Beneath the gleeful clutter of murals, mementoes, and stained glass that festoons the walls, Tony's beef braciolia napolitana ($17.50) tempts palates with a savory pinwheel of beef rolled with eggs and pine nuts dunked in ragu sauce with mushrooms. House-made pastas such as manicotti, gnocchi, and cannelloni fill platters with freshly minted noodles customized with a variety of traditional sauces and butcher-fresh meats atop festive red-checked tablecloths. Patrons can share custody of dinner with a menu of hand-tossed 16-inch pizzas such as the veggie pie ($18), a crisp crust bedecked with mushrooms, spinach, eggplant, and notes from adoring farmers.
Every pizza at zpizza is freshly prepared, hand thrown, gently coaxed into the oven using soft birdcalls and pheromone trails, and fire-baked to crispy perfection. The dough is prepared fresh daily from 100% certified-organic wheat flour, and z is also happy to offer certified organic and gluten-free crusts, sating the pizza desire of the allergic, dieters, and wheat sympathizers. Toppings include award-winning Wisconsin skim mozzarella, MSG-free pepperoni, certified-organic tomato sauce, additive-free sausage, and fresh produce. Try a large ZBQ pizza (with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, barbecue chicken, roasted peppers, red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and sweet corn, $20.95) or a chicken curry and yam rustica (with mozzarella, curry chicken, yams, mango chutney, raisins, and cilantro, $8.95). Vegans can delight in a small Berkeley, a soy-cheese veggie pizza (with pesto, soy cheese, veggie burger crumbles, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, and bell peppers, $9.95), while traveling tongues can sate their wanderlust with a mouthwatering Moroccan rustica (with pesto, mozzarella, roasted eggplant, feta cheese, caramelized onions, and pine nuts, $8.95). Prices vary from location to location, so there might be some small variation from what is listed above.
De Vines Italian Eatery coalesces the finest ingredients and spices to serve traditional, authentic Italian specialties. De Vines’s pizzas are packed with appetizing toppings, such as the meatzza pizza, peppered with bacon, ground beef, pepperoni, sausage, and ham ($8.99 for personal, $14.99 medium, $16.99 large). A Chicago-style deep dish stuffed spinach pie, seasoned with fresh mushrooms and packed with two cheeses, satisfies with each morsel ($7.99 for personal, $11.99 medium, $15.99 large). Noodle-nibblers can attack the linguine with fresh veggies, mixed with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and black olives, and clothed in a parma rosa sauce ($7.99 lunch, $9.99 dinner). Calzone cravers can order the pepperoni delight ($6.49 regular, $11.49 large), then add a plethora of additional toppings, from meatballs to pineapples ($0.99 regular, $1.59 large). Please palates with a glass of shiraz, Chianti, or merlot ($3.99), or complete the Italian experience by drinking a Peroni ($3 bottle) out of your Pavarotti-shaped stein.