The culinary artisans at Good Times handcraft pizzas from scratch with a special mixture of Wisconsin cheeses before sending them off for fire-kisses in a stone oven. Gustatory glands go toe-to-toe with chewy garlic bread ($2.99+) or cheese curds ($4.99) to provoke growing appetites. Bedeck a traditional thin crust or classic hand-tossed pizza with a custom medley of toppings ($7.69+), or nosh on a specialty pie such as the monster, which arrives loaded with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black and green olives (12.39+). An array of salads, sandwiches, and 100% Black Angus burgers ($4.29–$7.79) occupy curious cutlery and fingers before they venture into light sockets. During temperate weather, an outdoor deck offers diners a place to feast amid a delicate breeze and flocks of serenading birds.
They may be seated close to one another at the United Nations, but the similarities between Italy and El Salvador tend to be few and far between. Tell that to chef Sandra Vieau, however, and she is likely to disagree. Vieau recently purchased Cassandra’s Ristorante, a traditional Italian restaurant that she proceeded to transform into a melting pot of Italian and Salvadoran cuisines. Today, the menu is the very definition of eclectic—a meal that begins with an empanada appetizer is likely to end with a roasted turkey and avocado sandwich or a spicy seafood paella. Fine paintings and mosaic-topped tables lend a hint of the exotic to the interior, as does a map that shows the best places to spot a jaguar in Italy.
Regatta 220 regales jaded restaurant veterans with a singular, elegant menu full of freshly assembled New American fare constructed from locally harvested produce when possible. Gluten-free edamame works great as a shareable starter ($3.99), and a veggie-flanked 10-ounce Angus sirloin awaits those on a meaty un-diet ($18.99). Baked cod served with spinach hashbrowns lands its succulent hooks into diners' taste buds ($15.99), and burgers such as the jalapeño-laden firecracker burger ($8.99) or the barbecue bacon cheeseburger ($8.99) tempt with tasty variations on the most American meal outside of flag-pin pudding. Vegetarian options abound, such as the portobello mushroom sandwich ($9.49), and an extensive wine list lets guests sip a glass of 2009 Canyon Road chardonnay to loosen their tongues before limericking their way out of awkward conversations ($5).
Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a Tuscan Six-Cheese or Garden Fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.