Chefs at B-Town Pizza hand-toss each disk of fresh-made dough before slathering it in one of seven sauces, from traditional red to sweet and spicy barbecue. Veggies and meats, such as roma tomatoes and imported pepperoni, top each pie alongside a choice of seven types of cheese before baking in an Old World brick oven. Though B-Town specializes in New York–style hand-tossed crusts, chefs can also concoct pies with Thin-n-Crispy, Sicilian deep-dish, and gluten-free crusts. After the oven, piping-hot pies make their way to B-Town's sit-down dining room or into a recyclable box for delivery or carryout.
The owners of Grazie! Italian Eatery decided to revamp their restaurant following advice from an unlikely source—a class of IU marketing students studying how to make the eatery more efficient. Based on their findings, the owners began using ingredients from local farms, hiring culinary grads to improve their menu, and training their staff in wine pairing.
However, the chefs kept customer favorites, such as the freshly baked focaccia with herb dipping oil that accompanies each meal. Bartenders pour specialty martinis behind a modern cement bar, and plates of spinach fettuccine with roasted-garlic cream sauce sit on tables next to glasses of wine drawn from a list of more than 250 varietals. Live jazz music and wine-tasting events entertain diners in the indoor lounge, and those seated outside can look out at the bustling square or the night sky, whose stars perpetually shift into the faces of talk-show personalities.
Enzo Pizza’s chefs blend their own alfredo and marinara sauce to create a pink sauce they pour over penne noodles in a house-special dish. Their homemade alfredo sauce also clings to fettuccine noodles and sautéed chicken breasts. Behind a counter that's visible to patrons, they pile sausage, pepperoni, ham, bacon, and meatballs onto a thin-crust meat-lovers pizza or hide meat inside the stuffed double-pizza crust. They also serve pizza by the slice with toppings that, like most college majors, change daily.
Red and green racing stripes cut across the dining room walls of Mazarella, as if prophesying the uncanny speed of the pizzeria’s skilled chefs. Overseeing the action are owner Craig Padgett and his wife Michelle, who have owned Mazerella’s for more than 12 years, populating Southern Indiana with handmade pizzas available for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. As patrons slide into the marinara-red chairs, wooden fan blades waft aromas of hearty pastas and signature butter breadsticks into noses. Gooey pies erupt from the kitchen in several signature varieties, crowned by the legendary Big Z, with 15 toppings in all. During lunch, the restaurant’s popular buffet gives customers the chance to mix together dissimilar tastes, such as cinnamon sticks, salad, and napkin shreds.
Bistro 42 dishes out a delectable menu of classic Italian and American fare in a casual setting. Pique palates with an ambrosial Hail to Caesar salad ($6.99) or one of the many appetizers, such as wings ($7.99–$19.99) or the calamari fritto, lightly fried and paired with a mini marinara dunking lagoon ($8.99). Bistro lasagna, made with fresh cheese, beef, and pepperoni ($11.99), or pot roast, prepared Southern style with mushroom-marsala gravy and served with a choice of sides ($12.99), make for satisfying main events. Hungry herbivores can feast on eggplant parmesan ($11.99) or practice lasso skills with Momma's spaghetti ($7.99). A smorgasbord of sandwiches served on oven-baked bread, such as the italian sausage ($8.99) and italian veggie ($7.99), satisfy midday munchies. On Friday nights, guests can enjoy the sounds of live music, and an ever-present kids' menu pleases both picky progeny and the young at stomach.
Arni's planted its salad tongs into the Indiana dining scene back in 1965 with a firm dedication to swell cuisine served within a fun and welcoming environment by an accommodating staff. The joint's menu coddles down-home appetites with savory deep-fried pork-tenderloin sandwiches ($8.99) and chipotle-shrimp-and-bacon tacos that marry the bounties of land and sea within a pair of soft tortilla shells lined with veggies and special sauce ($9.49). Famous Arni's Junior Salads present their garden bounty in neat geometric rows of fresh greens, succulent cuts of turkey and ham, and ripe portions of radishes and green onions complemented by mozzarella cheese ($6.99).
The pie spinners at Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza slather handmade dough in house-crafted sauces, fresh grated cheeses, and combinations of more than 50 toppings, which vie for selection with classics like pepperoni and green pepper competing against a mélange of specialty sauces, cheeses, and accouterments. Substitute pesto or black bean dip for marinara, or layer a pie in blankets of gorgonzola or pepper jack cheese. Chorizo sausage lends some spice while veggies, such as kalamata olives or sun-dried tomatoes stamp their distinctive tang onto the afternoon feast. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests dine in, pick up, or patiently await the arrival of a delivery person ($.75 extra) bearing either sustenance or the final piece of their Elvis plate collection. Those choosing to dine on site are greeted by yellow and green walls accented in wood trim and furnishings and photos. A full-service bar flanks the casual dining area and immerses guest in the glow of a flat-panel TV and beaming interior designers.