Founded in New York by Salvatore Sorrentino and his two sons, Matteo’s Family Style Ristorante Italiano caters to culinary cravings with a menu of classic Italian cuisine complemented by a catalog of wine and creative cocktails. Write the introduction to a memorable meal with New York—baked clams ($12.95+) or calamari arrabbiata, swathed in a sauce of garlic, tomatoes, and red chili ($16.95+). Diners observe elegant performances as clusters of capellini or parties of penne synchronizingly swim together in sauces such as amatriciana ($16.95+) or bolognese ($16.95+).
Not every pizza place has a Wall of Fame, let alone a Wall of Shame. Pizza Xtreme, however, entreats customers with a dare that echoes its name: eat all 7 pounds of a one-topping, jumbo pie with the help of just one friend, and you've won the 28" Challenge. The rules demand that you get it all down in less than an hour, though, and as the Wall of Shame and pile of half-eaten pies testifies, this is no easy feat.
The kitchen team accommodates the more gastronomically reserved by making single servings of hand-tossed pizza, which it decorates with toppings such as italian sausage, grilled chicken, smoked gouda, and crumbled eggs. Chefs also bake specialty pies and non-pizza goodness, such as calzones, cube-shaped tomatoes, customizable pasta dishes, and oven-baked ciabatta sandwiches such as the pesto-strewn turkey artichoke. Pizza Xtreme’s staff also pours out a selection of wine and beer to complement the food.
Pizza Fusion delivers pies in hybrid vehicles, uses eco-friendly cleaning products, gives discounts for recycled pizza boxes, donates to environmental causes, and uses utensils made from potatoes. Its planned moon base will have a limited delivery range but will be 100% carbon neutral.
Jointly owned by Italian and Brazilian chefs, Francesco’s Pizzeria divides its menu up according to the national origin of each dish. For a taste of Italy, diners can sink teeth into a traditional margherita pizza or Capricciosa pizza with calabrese sausage, while unique toppings of heart of palm, cinnamon, and guava denote a Brazilian pizza’s tropical roots.
Enormous front windows flood the brick-lined restaurant with light, illuminating plates covered in five styles of wings and hearty baked pastas. When not occupied chewing through a sub, guests can study the dining room’s irreverent framed pictures of cartoon vegetables dancing on cutting boards, lounging by the pool, and doing one another’s taxes.
American craft beers, particularly from Florida breweries, fill the 51 drafts in Eternal Tap's rustic bar, which also stocks more than 100 bottled beers, an extensive bourbon selection, and fixings for mixed drinks and beer cocktails. These libations complement the kitchen's hand-tossed 10- and 16-inch pizzas, upon which chefs can sprinkle a choice of toppings—banana peppers, sliced sausage, and black olives among them—before firing pies in a brick oven. Along with pizzas, the culinary team specializes in other homemade delicacies, including hummus, soups, bread sticks, and pretzels flavored with cinnamon sugar or salt and parmesan.
The latest sports games flicker across Eternal Tap's more than 20 televisions. On Wednesday, jazz and blues musicians score meals with soulful solos, and during Tuesday and Thursday happy hours, local pianists entertain guests by tickling the ivories, rather than tickling diners until they sing an entire Billy Joel song.
Pie-Fection's menu offers tasty and custom flavor wheels, pastas, and salads with a build-your-own arsenal of toppings. Meddling food scientists can use Pie-Fection’s three-step build-your-own pizza, which lets you choose from an assembly line of three crusts, 11 sauces, and more than 30 ingredients, including six cheeses and seven truth serums ($7.49–$17.49, with three toppings). For green guzzlers, there are build-your-own salads ($6.49 regular, $7.99 large), and pasta artists can paint their own masterpiece from made-to-order pastas ($7.49 regular, $8.99 large). If feeling uninspired, opt for tried-and-true recipes such as the margherita with fresh mozzarella, basil, sliced tomatoes, and pepperoni ($7.49–$17.49), or appetizers such as mozzarella sticks ($4.99) and garlic knots ($2.49 for four, $3.99 for eight).