Though flavorful Italian cuisine is at the core of Cogan's Pizza, taste buds aren’t the only sensory receptors that perk up when visiting the vibrant eatery. The interior provides a visual feast with huge chandeliers casting subtle twinkles across pressed-tin ceilings and walls covered with posters and music memorabilia. The music motif also engages ears and vocal cords with regular live performances and karaoke.
At the bar, more than 30 beers flow from a lineup of seasonally rotating taps, each carbonated with the perfect number of bubbles to wash down cheesy and meaty pies. For patrons who adhere to a more plant-based diet, the cooks can also top crusts with faux meats, soy cheese, or an evil aunt’s favorite orchid. Pasta dishes, hot sandwiches, and subs stacked with roasted chicken, italian sausage, or roast beef round out the menu.
Each day, the cooks at Spaghetti Eddie’s Pizza Café knead fresh dough for stuffed pizzas, white pizzas, and specialty pies layered with fresh toppings. They also bake pasta dishes in a stone oven and dust crisp calamari with parmesan cheese. A children's menu offers chicken tenders, hot dogs, and other kid-friendly favorites, and a full bar caters to the tastes of the 21 and older crowd.
As he explained in a local ABC News feature, Keith Carter of Sports Nuts, a displaced St. Louis Rams fan himself, wanted to create a business that catered to sports fans of all stripes, whether they rooted for local franchises or teams from across the nation. With memorabilia representing all major sports leagues and an emphasis on all 32 NFL teams, the shop equips fans with automobile and home accessories. In-store autograph sessions with stars such as Percy Harvin allow fans to sign their names on their favorite players' foreheads in the hopes of increasing their value for future contract negotiations.
When a pair of former Virginia Beach lifeguards came up with the idea to open the first Chicho's Restaurant in 1968, they had one goal in mind: use nothing but fresh ingredients to make the best pizza they could. Decades later, this simple philosophy has grown into a statewide franchise where every topping is freshness and every pizza is hand tossed. A flavorful layer of marinara, garlic and herb, or hot and spicy sauces cover traditional and thin-crust pies scattered with more than 20 toppings in specialty and build-your-own combinations. Boneless chicken bites and wings soak up 10 different sauce varieties, including Cho's fire, garlic parmesan, and teriyaki. After two-handing a 5-ounce burger or hearty sub, guests can improve hand-eye coordination or get rid of cursed quarters by playing the games in Chicho's arcade.