Each day, Café Bella Rue’s Italian chef crafts 34 types of gelato and sorbetto that span the flavor gamut, blending everything from traditional panna cotta and pistachio to milk chocolate with whiskey. The kitchen staffers extend this playful mix of tradition and ingenuity to the rest of the menu, handcrafting a lineup of distinctive sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, and salads, all composed of fresh, surprising ingredients, such as pears, capers, and hunks of buffalo mozzarella. They aren’t afraid to stray from the written ingredients to accommodate customers, either, swapping out focaccia for gluten-free bread upon request and enhancing already stellar panini with jalapeño jelly, chipotle sauce, or cleverly hidden stacks of $100 bills.
In addition, baristas brew up a slew of beverages, including hot chocolate and affogatos. Guests can sip these expertly prepared concoctions on leather sofas encircling a 20-foot fireplace, or can retreat to the outdoor patio to soak up the sounds of live music drifting over from Oquirrh Lake.
Rock Creek Pizza Co. serves up a menu of belly-filling specialty pies, salads, and sides. With sauces and hand-tossed crust made daily from scratch, the eatery's dough-slingers carefully craft pizzas to suit taste buds of all types. After a trip to the salad bar ($2.59 with a meal, $4.49 for all you can eat), diners can choose from various disk sizes and toppings to customize a pizza or sink canines into one of the many specialty pizzas ($6.15–$18.15). The six-meat special primes its bready floor with red sauce before laying down tiles of cheese, pepperoni, salami, ham, beef, sausage, and chorizo, and the barbecue chicken pizza joins mozzarella, feta, roasted chicken, pineapple, and red onions with Rock Creek’s honey barbecue sauce. Veggie vixens can wrap their laughing gear around the california garlic vegetarian, a white saucer overflowing with three cheeses, an array of garden-grown goodies, and a proven ability to ward off creatures of the night.
Inside Maurilio's Italian Cuisine’s kitchen, chefs waltz from pans of sautéing shrimp and pots of boiling ravioli to sizzling slabs of grilled steak. Out in the dining room, servers choreograph an equally complex routine as they deliver homemade pizzas and hearty plates of chicken parmesan to tables cloaked in red-and-white-checkered cloths. Surrounding these charming table settings, earth-toned walls showcase framed prints of the bucolic landscapes and dystopian cyborg uprisings that have made Italy famous. As guests delight in these Italian feasts, bartenders pour beer and wine and concoct mixed drinks at Maurilio's full bar.
Chuck E. Cheese’s thrills young sprouts with a panoply of games, rides, prizes, and fresh-baked pizzas. Token-devouring amusements such as high-tech simulator rides, arcade-style games, and high-maintenance wishing wells dazzle the senses and reward players with congratulatory tickets following each round. Attendants exchange tickets for marked prizes ranging from a simple spider ring to a deluxe Slinky made of enlarged fusilli noodles. With joystick-imprinted hands, children and their guardians dig into a large one-topping pizza before washing down the doughy disk with four barrel-sized drinks. Additional brain stimulation comes from Chuck E. Cheese’s animated musical act, which performs its well-practiced set roughly every 10 minutes.
In the movie "Eat Pray Love," Julia Roberts' character has something of a religious experience with pizza when she travels to a famous pizzeria in Italy, Da Michele. This pizzeria is known for its two simple, but delicious, pizza styles that people travel endless miles for to get a taste. Giovanni Zilio learned the art of pizza making from the creator of this world-renowned pizza, and dedicated his life's work to making great pizza, hoping to save enough money to open his own pizzeria.
Though Giovanni Zilio was never able to fulfill this dream, his name lives on through Zilio's Artisan Pizza. Here, made-to-order, thin-crust pizzas come in a variety of styles and flavors?from classic marinara to sweet-style pulled pork. Gourmet salads and freshly baked calzones round out the dining options, which guests enjoy in a casual space designed like a New York-style pizzeria.
Stalwart bricks contain the pizza oven's feisty flames at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, where chefs knead and stretch fresh pizza dough by hand. More than 25 specialty pies—such as the eponymous Boardwalk with pesto, spinach, grilled chicken, roasted tomatoes, and bacon—join customizable and Neapolitan-style pizzas on a vast menu of classic and gluten-free slices. Subs embrace meatballs or chicken parmesan, and pastas such as spaghetti, elbow macaroni, and wheat penne mingle with toppings including cheese, artichoke hearts, and steak slices, all ushered into rumbling stomachs by sips of soda, beer, or specialty cocktails. Each cozy booth glows from the light of a private inset television, which flickers with live sports between professional, college, and Montessori school teams.