Slow food is the opposite of fast food in more ways than just the speed at which it comes out of the kitchen. In fact, it?s the great care given to chopping each fresh ingredient and cooking it as soon as it?s ordered that rewards guests deep in pre-dinner conversation with meticulously prepared meals. Now under new management, the chefs at Buono Panini craft their menu of fresh Italian comfort fare with gourmet touches amid the dining room?s muted light, ivory linens, and cheery colors. Diners may savor the likes of pesto-laced shrimp risotto and veal saltimbocca or crunch through a signature panini during lunch. Whether dropping in for a sit-down dinner or a private party, meals here make for outings that leave bellies full and dinner napkins worthy of bronzing for the memories.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
Tuscan Pizza House's name is not just a generic moniker intending to summon up images of Italy—its owner, John Gioldasis, learned his eatery's pizza recipe firsthand while visiting a Tuscan restaurant. Upon that foundation, John's cooks have sprinkled 20-plus toppings for more than 30 years. They include even more fixings on nearly 15 specialty pies, such as the chicken stir fry, which is a medley of grilled chicken, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers.
Other Italian and pizzeria staples comprise the rest of the menu, from chicken parmesan to subs filled with imported ham. For flavors that evoke America better than a bald eagle stealing an apple pie from a window sill, Tuscan Pizza House offers half-pound Black Angus burgers crowned with onion rings, barbecue sauce, or ranch.
During Roma Ristorante & Bar's 70-year history, it's become an authority on the flavors of Greece and Italy. Chefs whip up classic lasagna and chicken parmigiano dishes, along with creative seafood endeavors such as lobster casserole and bacon-wrapped salmon. Greek kabobs spear steak and vegetables onto wooden rods. Chefs supersize dishes for Roma's catered feasts, served inside the establishment's party room or on the outside patio, which offers sweeping views of the river, filled with boats and the occasional merman.
The practiced chefs at Buono Bistro have spent the last 30 years creating a mouthwatering menu of classic Italian comfort food jazzed up with a gourmet twist. In addition to their daily specials, they craft gnocchi gorgonzola, lobster ravioli, and wild-mushroom risotto from scratch. The expansive menu also includes such nonpasta specialties as braised-lamb osso buco and veal stuffed with provolone and prosciutto.
Basking in the glow of an ornate, glittering chandelier, guests can sip a handcrafted martini or a glass of bold wine. Though the food and decor are decidedly upscale, Buono Bistro keeps it low-key, offering diners a relaxed atmosphere akin to a billionaire's treehouse.