The chefs at Fratello’s Bistro, who’ve been practicing for more than a decade, cook comforting Italian food from fresh ingredients that are grown locally in the Valley. Starters of mussels marinara or stuffed mushrooms jump out from a menu of pastas, pizzas, and meatier entrees. The chefs prepare chicken, calamari, veal, and shrimp as entrees characterized by different vivid sauces. Spicy red fra diablo sauce brings zest to bell peppers, red wine adds complex depth to marsala sauce with mushrooms, and white-wine lemon-butter sauce graces plates with a lighter, delicate touch akin to a flower petal falling onto a marshmallow. Glasses of local wine and imported Chianti accent each meal.
Whether for a birthday party or a night away from the kitchen, YR Pizza Planet welcomes entire families with a kid- and adult-friendly menu of oven-baked Italian meals. Patrons can step up to the counter to order an individual pizza made specially for their tastes, or a 14” large to share with friends or enemies who hate pizza. Crusts come in crispy or pan varieties, and are adorned with more than a dozen toppings, such as sausage, onions, and pineapple. Aside from pizza, chefs pull toasted ham and cheese or steak fajita subs from the oven, with fresh-baked cookies following close behind. YR Pizza Planet also helps patrons hit their veggie quota with a bountiful salad bar.
Though pizza and beer are a time-honored combination, BC's Pizza & Beer puts a new spin on the tradition with innovative pizzas and an abundance of uncommon beers. As its chefs load crusts with inspired arrangements of more than 40 fresh toppings—such as jamaican jerk spices with chicken and shrimp or mexican refried beans with ground beef and jalapeños—bartenders dole out pints of German and Belgian beers. At their fingertips are 33 tap handles and more than 80 import and craft bottles.
Out in the dining room, beer signs and playful knickknacks hang on the walls. Flat-screen televisions broadcast sports games in which football players zoom down fields and Lifetime movies in which football players learn valuable lessons about the wisdom of children.
Offering a laid-back spot for families to bond over a board of all-American fare, Forestiere's Place serves grill-graced creations to scores of casual carnivores. For starters, share some bruschetta ($6.99) or mozzarella sticks ($5.99) with your kilted clan of Scottish immortals while perusing the grilled entrees. The 7 oz. hamburger ($5.25) happily accepts cheese ($0.50 extra) and bacon ($0.75 extra) hop-ons, while Forestiere's special ($6.95) dots the eatery's renowned homemade Italian sausage with sweet Italian peppers and onions. Unlike most traditional rib joints and daycare centers, Forestiere's Place boasts a collection of high-end wines, giving diners the rare opportunity to pair a barbecue chicken-thigh plate ($9.99) with the berries, spices, and oak nuances of the Josh Cellars North Coast cabernet ($8/glass, $26/bottle) or offset the savory tri-tip tacos ($7.99) with the full-bodied peach, pear, yellow apple, and crème brûlée undertones of the Sebastiani chardonnay ($7/glass, $26/bottle). Bottled and draft beers are also available for more hops-happy diners.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day. After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven, in a pottery kiln, or over a pile of burning cookbooks. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the Cowboy ($11.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives, or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($14.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an Herb Chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($9.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach, and veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian ($12.99 for the family size) option, which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with a chicken Caesar salad ($4.99), an order of cheesy bread ($3.49), or a two-liter soda ($1.99).