The notion of “fast and casual” isn't new—most chain restaurants adhere to the concept, as do many conversations with abandoned sock puppets. However, at Brioso Fresh Pasta, efficient service merges with local and organic ingredients to bump "fast and casual" into the glow of a new spotlight. Italian dishes range from house-made pasta to fork-free paninis, all of which arrive at tables on the arms of friendly servers. Brioso’s culinary team also respects special dietary needs with gluten-free pastas and vegan menu options.
Housemade dough rises twice every day in Frodo's Pizza's kitchen, where each batch follows a recipe perfected since the restaurant's founding in 1979. Whole-milk mozzarella cheese joins customizable toppings such as artichoke hearts and italian sausage; specialty pizzas such as the Hawaiian combine pre-calibrated selections of ham, pineapple, and bacon. Frodo's also serves an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, and placates sweet teeth with chocolate chip dessert pizza and soda poured by the cup, half-gallon, or mouthful.
Handmade pizzas and calzones complement a lineup of pasta dishes at Trio, where chefs satisfy Italian cravings with a lengthy menu of the region’s most authentic and recognizable dishes. The team kicks off the workday by making housemade sauces for its dozen or so pasta dishes. Chefs make the classics, such as tomato and basil over angel-hair pasta, as well as the more complex recipes, including a seafood trio of shrimp, scallops, and mussels in marinara.
Chefs also craft hand-tossed white or wheat pizza dough and top it with sausage and peperoni for a traditional pizza. They can also smother crusts with sweet-and-spicy molasses barbecue sauce for a signature barbecue pizza before firing it in the wood-burning oven until it reaches a perfect golden brown. Guests can also get pizza-like creations, including pies folded into calzones or heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cards.
Non-pizza entrees include a slow-roasted rotisserie chicken and a menu of gluten-free specialties. Desserts, including crème brule and tiramisu, make a fine finish to any meal—especially one paired with a glass of one the eatery's more than 25 varieties of wine.
Peppino's pizza chefs toss homemade dough before slathering it in homemade sauce, blanketing it in Grande cheese and fresh toppings, and baking it to a tawny crispness. Culinary craftsmen can arrange more than 15 toppings, such as feta cheese and meatballs, onto thin and thick crusts, or hide the goods inside a calzone or stromboli. Fourteen cold and hot 6-inch and 12-inch subs satiate sandwich cravings, including the vegetarian and the chicken cutlet with provolone, while an order of garlic-cheese bread keeps fingers occupied so they don't return to unscrewing the tops of every salt shaker in the restaurant. Pasta dinners–including meat lasagna, cheese raviolis, and eggplant parmigiana–share stomach space with a crisp salad and bread, while a smattering of desserts from cannoli to tiramisu temper sweet teeth.
Tony's Pizzalicious has dished out hearty Italian food since 1967. By tossing dough and ladling house-made sauce, the chefs create their namesake pies in styles such as the meat lovers and the Hawaiian, or in customized forms that don slices of tomato and pepperoni arranged into scale models of diners' favorite solar systems. A range of classic Italian entrees emerge from the kitchen, too— eggplant parmesan top twirls of spaghetti, and chopped bacon tops baked ziti with a four-cheese blend. Oven-baked subs and foot-long strombolis and calzones help round out the menu.