Dotting the Texan landscape with pizzerias like so many pepperonis in a hopeful meat-lover's garden, Goomba's ?za joints bake up New York?style pies with ingredients from Costanzo's Bakery and Sorrento cheese. Dough made daily from scratch lays the groundwork for such classic toppings as italian sausage, mushrooms, artichokes, sweet or hot peppers, and anchovies. Pasta specialties such as cheese manicotti and baked ziti swim?like an eccentric millionaire?in a house-made tomato sauce infused with fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil, and a selection of calzones, salads, hot subs lends rest to the pizza weary. Daily lunch specials quell midday tummy rumbles from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and most locations offer both dine-in and carry-out fare.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade take ‘n’ bake pizzas using dough, cheese, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day. After customers choose their pies, Papa Murphy's slice slingers build the pizza in-store and package it for customers to bake at home in the oven, in a pottery kiln, or over a pile of burning cookbooks. Customers can watch as Papa Murphy’s pie pros corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the Cowboy, complete with pepperoni, italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives, or request the hawaiian, a traditional pizza crowned with Dole pineapple and canadian bacon. Deep-dish fans dive into the Chicago-style stuffed pizza packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most colorful public-transit systems in America, and salads and 2-liter soft drinks serve as the final pieces in an irregularly shaped pizza puzzle.
The cooks at Orderup focus on the classics: burgers, fries, and shakes. Wielding hand-pressed patties, they craft signature burgers such as the La Bomba, which comes with cheddar, bacon, and a fried egg on a buttered bun, or versions with chicken, pork, and fish. The menu also showcases more than 10 shake flavors, including Mexican vanilla, banana, and nutella. Sides of honey-coconut sweet potato fries or serrano cheese fries round out a meal.
The creative chefs at Mona Lisa's Gourmet Pizzeria aren't afraid to bedeck pizzas with unconventional ingredients. Eclectic toppings like deli ham, gyro meat, and black pepper-crusted meatballs join traditional toppings like pepperoni and spinach on crusts, making each bite truly a gourmet experience. The chefs put just as much attention into the menu’s sandwiches, from the parmesan-crusted California club to the smoked brisket on jalapeño sourdough. The Italian entrée selection contains classics like lasagna and penne noodles blanketed in mushroom alfredo sauce. Orders can be supersized to feed catered birthday parties or fill a mansion's disused spaghetti pool.
"Make yourself at home." This is the mantra of Luciano, where the owners want their customers to feel like family. When the Centofanti family immigrated to America from Italy in 1971, they brought their steadfast work ethic, passion for excellence, and the authentic recipes of the family matriarch, Nonna Lina.
Inside the kitchen at Luciano, cooks perfect these recipes, toasting thin, mozzarella-strewn neapolitan pizzas in Luciano's wood-fired ovens. They also prepare from-scratch pasta, such as the house specialty Lasagna Famosa with ground beef and rich béchamel sauce.