The crust is the first thing that hits the tongue of a pizza eater (unless they're eating upside down). The foundation of all relatives of the pie family, the dough that makes that crust determines the difference between a one-time chew or lifelong romance. There's loving care, and perhaps even magic, in the dough of Papa Joe's Pizza. Always homemade?a rare quality in the modern premade era?that dough possesses a personality, piquant charm, and irrefutably fresh taste that has lured the diners of Vermillion and beyond into a endless courtship since 1972. Ranging in size from personal 7-inch pies to tabletop-toppling 26"x18" party pizzas, Papa Joe's handcrafted concoctions are baked to the perfect balance of crunch and caress, and come loaded with whatever meats and vegetables the heart desires.
That handcrafted, family-made touch extends to the rest of Papa Joe's menu, featuring comforting subs on homemade buns, Mama Joe's fruit and cream pies, and a slew of succulent surprises such as broasted chicken, pierogis, and take-home dishes such as chicken paprikash and beef stew. The homey feel of the food is accentuated by the restaurant's own homey storefront in one of Vermillion's oldest buildings, which holds structural hands with the adjoining breakfast/dessert destination of Granny Joe's Ice Creamatorium.
Domino’s has been decorating dough canvases with flavorful sauces, an assortment of cheeses, and high-quality toppings that range from classic to unconventional since 1960. Domino’s dough is tossed daily and stretched by human hands, not by clumsy catapults and model airplanes flying in opposite directions. Treat friends to a tasteful feast by checking the online menu and crafting a custom masterpizza with Domino's wide range of ingredients. Famished diners too starved to choose their own toppings can select from Domino’s American Legends, featuring signature flavors from throughout the land. Pizzas such as the Pacific Veggie, Honolulu Hawaiian, or Wisconsin 6 Cheese impart all the delicious diversity of a road trip without the hassle of decoding an atlas. Nonpizza fare includes pastas, sandwiches, and breadsticks.
Armando's Pizza has been flipping fresh-made dough and perfecting Old World recipes since 1967. Nibble passionately with a diverse menu of appetizers from flatbread bruschetta ($6.95) to original-recipe dusted wings in a choice of sauce ($9.95). Hand-tossed dough plays canvas to 13 signature pizzas as deliciously as hand-tossed canvases of artist-rendered pies. Fresh tomatoes, italian sausage, roasted peppers, Uniondale mozzarella, and red onion comprise the Sicilian ($11.95), and shrimp, scallops, and calamari jump from the sea to the pizza di mare's doughy deck ($14.95). Entrees like gnocchi a la vodka ($12.95) and veal porcini ($15.95), induce salivation, and slow-cooked baby-back ribs ($19.95) bring a finger-licking element to date nights. Sandwiches, panzerotti, and desserts complement the menu, giving it a range more extensive than a basso-soprano's Pavarotti figurine collection.
A family business since 1963, Star Lanes resonates with the boom of bowling balls colliding with pins on 24 automatic lanes. The alley's sunny yellow facility bustles with bowlers of all ages during daily open-bowling sessions and ripples with upbeat music during weekend Glow and Bowl sessions. An onsite pro shop outfits players with shoes, balls, and bags, and champion-bowler coaches Jeff and John Lizzi equip players with the techniques to master a grandfather clock's perfect pendulum swing. The venue also houses a bar with refreshments and a lengthy menu of specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Leagues for men, women, couples, and seniors practice in the alley throughout the week.
The scents of bubbling cheese and tangy marinara waft through Frankie's Italian Cuisine, where chefs have built pastas and pizzas from Old World recipes since 1967. In the kitchen, chefs craft dough and sauces each day to ensure that meals taste as fresh as a mentholated snowflake. When preparing seafood linguine, they cast nets of pasta into boiling pots, pulling up a succulent catch of gulf shrimp to slather in a house-made white or red clam sauce. In the dining room, napkins morph into Renaissance-style paintings as tomato sauce artfully drips from 15 specialty pizzas, such as the margherita with fresh basil, roma tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella.
A party room accommodates up to 30 guests with ample seating and an array of dinners that include salad, italian bread, and a nonalcoholic beverage. Alternatively, diners can fuel parties at their homes and offices by placing catering orders for 24-slice pizzas, pasta trays, and dessert platters studded with cannolis and cheesecakes.
Danny Boy's is a neighborhood, Rat Pack–themed Italian foodery with walls covered in records and photos of Frank Sinatra. Start a meal with garlic bread with cheese ($6.99) while perusing a classic Italian menu, which features salads, woogie melts, Rat Pack pizza starters, and more. The Hammy Davis Jr. stuffs sliced ham, ricotta, feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, house Italian dressing, cheddar, and crumbled bleu cheese into a baked doughy monument ($7.99). Frank's appetizer pizza pie is wall-to-wall EVOO, pepperoni, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, ricotta, and Italian spices ($8.99), and a plain cheese pizza ($9.99/six piece) can be customized with toppings, such as mushrooms, pineapple, and Canadian bacon. Uptown toppings, such as meatballs, artichoke hearts, and grilled shrimp ($1.50–$7.50) turn any standard disc into a visually stimulating feast.