Alba's slakes fiery appetites with a refined selection of hearty wheat pastas, savory meats, and wholesome vegetables. Bring lunching stomachs tableside for the noontime special, featuring baked lasagna ($5.95) and a panoply of noodley delights ($5.95), or swan dive into a pool of meats, backstroke through veggies, and snorkel under a layer of cheese with a large Neapolitan pizza ($9.50). Evening eaters can begin exploring the authentic abyss of the dinner menu with an order of tasty fried shrimp lounging on a bed of lettuce ($9.95). Then anchor incisors in the seafaring treasure of linguini with clams, served with a choice of red or white sauce ($11.95), or keep landlubbing tongues onshore with the chicken Diana, sautéed with mushrooms, artichoke heads, garlic, and sherry, and then drizzled with a light pink sauce over spaghetti ($10.95).
Crooked Crust shares the block with UNT's campus bookstore, tempting students with the aroma of zesty sauce and oven-crisped pizza dough. Although the menu features a diverse spread of signature pies with prearranged topping combinations, it also encourages guests to improvise and design their own pie from scratch. Beginning with a blank canvas of dough and cheese, diners can construct an edible magnum opus with around 20 different meats and vegetables, including pineapple, crispy bacon, and jalapeños, adding each topping to the pizza for free. The dining area includes a handful of tables where guests can share their pies, as well as murals commemorating the invention of the pizza slicer.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for the past 25 years, fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and specialty pizzas. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the Spicy Italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible meat. More progressive pie enthusiasts may select the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken ($15.99), or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and ripe black olives ($15.99). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
To reach their table at Spaghetti Warehouse, guests commonly have to step through two doors: the front door of the restaurant and the door of the antique trolley parked inside. Since its inception in 1972, the Italian eatery has merged the functions of kitchen and museum. Artifacts such as grandfather clocks, factory flywheels, and circus billboards surround diners as they delve into signature plates of 15-Layer Lasagna or hand-rolled meatballs. Apart from the items they've amassed, each of the buildings also has a particular history, from the one-time ice-manufacturing plant in Columbus to Memphis's Civil War munitions depot. Given their storied pasts, it's no surprise that several of these venues house their own ghosts—at Houston's warehouse, for example, elevator lights have been known to flicker, objects are mysteriously found in new locations, and a lady in a white gown is said to roam the restaurant.
Yet the main attraction of the place is the delicious food. Like any great Italian meal, made-from-scratch dishes are created from family recipes passed down for generations via email. Guests devour the perfectly al dente pasta, crispy calamari, bottomless soups, and 12-layer chocolate cakes while dining with family and friends. It’s that feeling of togetherness that people love about Spaghetti Warehouse, a feeling that is only enhanced when the drinks start flowing and the air is punctuated by the sounds of laughter as kids play retro games, such as The Claw prize-grabbing machine.
More than half a century of creating Italian ingestibles has helped Cappetto's Italian Restaurant master its culinary capabilities. Diners searching for authentic Etruscan eats can begin with bruschetta pomodoro, whose toasty bread is loaded with a mingling of oven-roasted, chopped Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil ($5.65). A pepperoni sandwich offers a quarter-pound of spicy pepperoni on a french roll, with the option of adding homemade meat sauce ($4.75), and a 12-inch pizza primavera apologizes for its meatlessness by presenting broccoli, carrots, snow peas, zucchini, and artichoke hearts with sprinklings of mozzarella and provolone ($13.95). Indecisive pasta fans can select the pasta combination, which manages unmade minds with lasagna, manicotti, spaghetti, rigatoni, and chicken ravioli, all treading in delicious meat sauce on a single plate ($13.95).