The chefs at Sauce create a menu of Italian dishes with an American twist, from cheesy garlic bread to chili spaghetti. Their pizza specialties, made with a generation-tested family recipe, range from classic pepperoni to chicken alfredo and hot barbecue chicken. The eatery’s minimalist decor allows guests to focus on the important things, like gooey melted cheese. A ladle and a spatula bisect a wall of framed art, including empty frames that showcase momentous occasions yet to happen, such as the world president dubbing California the world's most beautiful island.
Unlike unmellow mushrooms that make you take hour-long showers and nag you for tracking mud in the house, the Mellow Mushroom makes pizzas. The joint specializes in surrounding your dining experience with a dazzling atmosphere, artwork oozing with pizzazz, crisp bottles of happy beers, and the kinds of pizzas that got all the best solos at the fifth-grade choir demonstration. Sip on a cold draft of beer while ogling the Mushroom’s spread of Kosmic Karma pies that merge sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta, fresh tomatoes, and pesto ($12.49 for a 10’’); gourmet white pizzas with the harmonious offerings of olive oil and garlic, sunny-dried tomatoes, provolone, mozzarella, feta, and onions ($12.49 for a 10"); and the Magical Mystery Tour, brining pesto, portobello and button mushrooms, spinach, feta, and jalapenos back together for a reunion jam in your mouth ($12.99 for a 10").
Serving fresh Italian fare that would comfort even the most anxious highwayman, Marina's extensive menu is a palatable parade of favorites including pizzas, calzones, subs, and pastas. Satisfy traditional tastes with classic dishes such as chicken parmesan ($8.29 lunch, $10.99 dinner), cheese-filled manicotti ($9.99), and meaty lasagna ($10.99). Adventurous taste buds can opt for Dante's Inferno, a sweltering blend of Mexican chorizo, jalapeños, and spicy cream sauce, served with a bite-size fire blanket for tongues born without a flame-retardant coating ($11.99). Marina's chefs also roll out an inventive pizza menu, with pies that come in savory varieties such as chicken pesto ($8.59 mini, $18.99 large) and veggie ($7.99 mini, $17.99 large), or, much like an amateur comedian, stuffed with cheese ($5.99/slice). Top off main courses with a decadent dessert, including cannoli ($3.99) and tiramisu ($4.99).
Crowned Best Overall Restaurant by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2010, Puleo’s Grille takes tongues on a whirlwind taste tour with its eclectic menu of Southern and Italian classics. Circle tooth wagons around scrumptious orders of fried green tomatoes partnered with a savory side of stone-ground cheese grits and country gravy ($6.99), or lay a delectable claim on Italian mainstays such as lasagna ($11.99) or artichoke- and caper-flecked chicken piccata, which gets its beauty sleep atop a bed of linguini draped in lemon wine sauce ($14.99).
Pizza Plus serves up specialty pizzas, light entrees, pastas, platters, and more from its hearty menu. Open up with an appetizer of Jason’s loaded fries, smothered in bacon and cheddar cheese with a side of ranch ($3.99). Then try a specialty large such as the Falcon, with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, and black olives, or the Hawaiian Luau, with smoked ham, bacon, pineapple, onions, and green peppers ($10.99 each). For diners seeking stomach enlightenment, Pizza Plus offers lighter-side selections such as the grilled-chicken platter with steamed veggies ($6.99), as well as a full burger bar with classic sandwiches and specialty patties such as the Mexi-Cali burger, a quarter-pound patty with pepper jack and jalapeños ($4.29).
Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and buffalo hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto) or olive oil, and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, gluten-free crust $14.99, each additional topping $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free).