The service is somewhere between leisurely sit down and blazingly fast, a perfect compliment to the restaurant’s middle-ground nature, though the menu definitely takes the high road. It’s full of the eats that little Italian schoolchildren dream about at the moderate prices papas and mammas sing about in the shower.
Locally owned and operated by a family with more than 25 years of restaurant experience, Inner Circle Pizza has been spinning homemade pizza dough in Austintown since 1999. Watery-mouthed patrons can quell hunger pains with Inner Circle's versatile menu of munchables, which offers a variety of specialty pizzas. Nibble on a chicken bacon ranch pizza ($7.29–$19.99) or admire the thick crust shell on a taco pizza bedecked with sausage, cheddar, mozzarella, taco seasoning, diced lettuce, tomatoes, and a side of sour cream ($3.49–$19.99) as it explodes beautifully against an unadorned wall. Inner Circle Pizza's popular jumbo wings are made fresh and lathered in one of a plethora of sauces, such as garlic ranch, parmesan garlic, teriyaki, or kamikaze—an ideal snack for watching the big game or C-SPAN's newest congressional rock opera. The vast menu also boasts barbecue ribs ($9.49 half slab, $16.99 whole slab), pulled-pork sandwiches ($5.79), Philly steak sandwiches ($5.49), and meatball subs ($5.59), as well as traditional Italian pasta dinners. Thirsty patrons can delight in the full bar, equipped with liquor, wine, and nine different draft beers for making libations to pizzeria deities.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a family-friendly buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese, resulting in more than 28 signature pizzas. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, such as cavatappi noodles with classic marinara or alfredo sauce, as well as fully customizable signature salads. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
Luigi’s chefs lovingly prepare traditional Italian dishes, compiling a menu of hand-rolled pizza, meaty entrees, and pastas soused in house-made sauces. Kick off an evening of noshing, conversing, and imitating old Frankie Blue Eyes with an appetizer of breaded cheese sticks ($3.49) or a five-piece ensemble of fried ravioli ($3.29). In the chicken fettuccine, a crew of Cajun-seasoned chicken strips reclines on a buttery bed of noodles replete with tomato throw pillows ($12.99). The lasagna stacks its many layers with sauce and meat ($9.99), and the veal marsala pairs tender, milk-fed beef with mushrooms beneath a canopy of decadent wine sauce ($17.99). After rolling out doughy canvases for their pizzas ($11.99 for a large), chefs slather the floury spheres with savory sauce, cheese, and toppings from a bevy of ingredients, which include ham, hot peppers, and morsels of succulent hamburger ($1.79/large topping). Cap off dining experiences with one of the desserts, such as a slice of fried New York–style cheesecake that flaunts a frock of graham crackers and a Pollock-inspired drizzling of strawberries or chocolate ($4.49).
The chefs at Tuscany Square Ristorante recreate traditional Tuscan recipes, simmering savory sauces to ladle over a menu of pasta, steak, and seafood. Adept hands construct house-made lasagna, layering soft noodles between strata of bubbling homemade marinara and meat ($12.95). A 10-ounce slab of Choice sirloin ($16.95) ages for 30 days and debuts mature and ready to assume the responsibilities of pleasing a palate, filling a stomach, and refinancing a mortgage.