San Gelato Cafe, located in Daybreak's SoDa Row shopping village is a true gem in the midst of a beautiful community setting. The central feature of the restaurant is the 20ft floor to ceiling stone fireplace surrounded by soft leather sofas that make the perfect place to sit and relax. Reminiscent of cafes located in the m
When it came time for the team at Johnny Carino’s to come up with some new recipes, they began rifling through their personal cooking histories. Executive chef Chris Peitersen took his first kitchen job at a barbecue joint when he was 14, so he was primed to create italian baby back ribs. By infusing brown sugar barbecue sauce with balsamic vinegar imported from Modena, he’s given the marinade a more acidic bite than typical barbecue sauces. As the ribs slowly roast and char on an oak grill, he bastes on his creation before finishing the dish with a dusting of parmesan.
The ribs are one of Carino’s many menu items that follow the restaurants’ approach of classic Italian preparations modified by forward-thinking flavor combinations. Diners will find a Black Angus burger capped with mozzarella and fried pepperoni, or sautéed tilapia spiced with garlic and jalapeño. Other signature dishes include the 16-layer lasagna, Skilletinis that sizzle with spaghetti and a choice of meat, and tiramisu made from scratch.
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.
Chef Teresa Pruitt believes that one cannot think well, love well, or sleep well, if one hasn't eaten well. With this mantra in mind, and marinara running in her veins, she has blended the regional influences of Tuscany, Reggio Emilia, and Modena into her menu of Old-World Italian recipes. The dining room décor recalls an Italian piazza with white ceiling drapes like store awnings, golden sponge-painted walls, and charcoal drawings of Tuscan architecture. In the glow of enormous front windows, entrees of pasta—prepared fresh daily—are slathered with hearty sauces, and made-to-order veal and fish are sautéed in delicate wine sauces. In the kitchen, cheesy pizzas are crafted with Italian “00” flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and fresh buffalo mozzarella, and are released from Italian wood-fire ovens. After enjoying a scoop of freshly made gelato, diners can pinch the dining room's statue of a toga-clad woman before leaving to insure that it's not a painted spy trying to make off with the secret pesto recipe.
Chuck E. Cheese 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.
A veritable cornucopia of hands-on family entertainment, Planet Play buzzes with laser tag, bumper cars, and more than 100 video games sprawled throughout its 55,000 square feet of indoor space. Miniature-golf decorations illuminate putts under the gleam of a black light, and gamers bask in the electronic glow of pinball machines, skee-ball, or Guitar Hero in the game room. Instead of lugging around giant piles of tickets or paying exorbitant fees to deposit them in an older sibling's pocket bank, gamers can easily cash in their winnings using an e-ticket Play Card. After working up an appetite on go-kart track or the mini bowling lanes, visitors can belly up to a buffet that brims with hand-tossed pizzas, a fresh salad bar, and decadent desserts.