Gigi's Italian Restaurant is a family-owned eatery that has been injecting diners with the recommended dose of pizza, pasta, and parmigiana since 1967. Initiate meal time with appetizers such as the calamari, lightly fried to crispy resistance ($8), or Gigi's bruschetta, a toasty platform topped with fresh tomatoes, zesty snips of red onion, and dewed by balsamic vinegar and olive oil ($7). The specialty brick oven pizzas tempt taste seekers with the minimalist pizza margherita ($14.17 for a medum) and Gigi's special, an ensemble of pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, sausage, and green pepper peacefully playing culinary bocce ball within the boundaries of a thin-crusted circumference ($21.94 for a medium). Gigi's dinner menu represents the full gamut of authentic Italian favorites, including creamy pasta carbonara ($12), chicken piccata sautéed in a lemony garlic sauce ($15), and eggplant a la parmigiana, where slices of thick, breaded and fried eggplant are crowned with Gigi's sauce and accompanied by a hearty portion of pasta ($14). Pair plates with beer and wine, or a libation from the full liquor bar at the South Pasadena and St. Petersburg locations.
Burgers and shepherd's pie. Those are just of the specialties at Durty's that reel in diners at lunch, dinner, and late-night meal grabs. But equally engrossing as what's on your table is what's happening around it. The bar hosts a slew of activities throughout the week, including karaoke, live music, and trivia night, where patrons answer fun questions such as "Why do we exist?" There's also plenty of everyday entertainment with pool, darts, and sports on the big-screen TVs.
The cooks at Pazza Bistro use never-frozen, fresh ingredients to craft dough, salad dressings, housemade pastas and thin-crust pizzas from scratch daily. Cooks toss dough—also made in house—before piling on fresh ingredients, then firing pizzas in a brick oven until optimally crispy. The Inferno pizza challenge aims to crisp your tastebuds. If you like spicy, they dare you to give this house specialty a shot, with it's spicy sauce, habaneros, jalapenos, and ghost peppers. Their customizable pastas allow diners to choose which noodles to mix with which house sauce, blending fettuccine and tomato basil, or pappardelle and alfredo. Seating near the kitchen lets patrons watch the chefs slice fresh vegetables or manufacture new pots and pans by hand.