Italy possesses a rich culinary culture, and the chefs at LaStoria Trattoria honor the old-country recipes of Sicily, Rome, and Venice. With an arsenal of imported olive oils, truffle oils, and balsamic vinegars, they whip up classic dishes such as chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, and veal piccata. Their specialty pastas, meanwhile, incorporate more unorthodox ingredients such as littleneck clams, pink sauce, and toasted crumbs. A brick wood oven bakes an octet of pizzas, which guests can use to teach rudimentary geometry to one another.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years, arranging a lineup of specialty pizzas and sides on a munificent menu. Patrons can bedeck dough disks with carnivorous confetti in the form of pepperoni, ham, spicy italian sausage, bacon, sausage, beef, or grilled chicken. Golden-voiced fresh vegetables make palates swoon with a jukebox's selection of green peppers, portobello mushrooms, roma tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, onions, black olives, pineapple, banana peppers, and newly harvested 45s. Eaters can prod cooks with the click of a mouse, alerting them to special requests such as an extra layer of parmesan romano or the three-cheese blend of the asiago, fontina, and provolone. Like a popular club or an especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune place to stock up for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
Serving fresh and speedy pizza across America since 1959, Little Caesar's has grown into a huge, international carryout phenomenon. The menu features made-to-order pizzas with dough built from scratch ($5.99 for a large one-topping). Toppings range from classic pepperoni and sausage to canadian bacon and pineapple. Return as the conquering hero of your family and save your twins the trouble of hunting down bipedal mastodons by picking up one of Little Caesar's Hot-n-Ready pies ($5.99). Hot-n-Ready pizzas are available in pepperoni or cheese and can be picked up any time without the need to order ahead. Fans of three-dimensional eats can try the italian-cheese-bread combo ($4.49 including sauce) or chicken wings ($4.99) with a variety of sauces.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' expert fruit florists arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, grapes, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Staffers can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, or their own special peanut-butter-and-chocolate blend. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize gift baskets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Local Sharon Patch readers named Pizzigando Café's french fries the best in town. Their plaudit is backed up by gluten-free pizzas, burgers, and customizable calzones. But the award might also lead guests to try other items in the eatery's diverse culinary portfolio—it serves entrees such as baked lasagna, as well as buffalo wings in orders of 10, 20, 30, or the space in your stomach squared.
Pizzigando Café's décor is as simple and welcoming as the food is flavorful. It features solid-colored tablecloths and soft, mauve walls. The team takes pride in the eatery's journey from a dream to a spot of churned-up earth to a fully established restaurant. They chronicle this progression with a series of photos on their website.
Coriander Bistro's cuisine wizards cast culinary spells upon almost 100 entrees of authentic Indian and Nepali fare portrayed by words on the menu. Having trained in both India and Nepal, Chef Dammar Thapa prepares dishes with authoritative know-how, marinating the hunger-slaying chicken tandoori ($12.50) in a tenderizing potion of tandoori masala and yogurt for 24 hours before baking the skewered poultry in a traditional charcoal oven. Employ forks to make realistic airplane noises as they ferry mouthfuls of the coconut-and-spice-filled goa shrimp curry ($16.95) onto waiting tongues, or treat taste buds to a palate-pleasing party of lamb biryani ($14.50) with invitees of succulent lamb, basmati rice, and toasted nuts that mingle with chomping tools. The vegetarian Nepali aloo bodi tama ($12.50) dares eaters to scale the Himalayan feast of diced potatoes, black-eyed beans, and bamboo shoots without an oxygen tank. Guests can wind down their edible international experience by sampling Coriander Bistro’s dessert list under the romantic light of the wood-paneled dining room while wrestling spoons away from statues that inch closer to nab a bite.