The chefs at Girasole Trattoria and its adjoining gastropub, Gatehouse Tavern, plate up local and international flavors in a duo of welcoming neighborhood gathering places. The dinner menu at Girasole Trattoria showcases hearty Tuscan-style fare, including 10-inch rustic pizzas ($10), which exit the kitchen's wood-fired oven adorned with toppings such as house-made sausage, chicken and pesto, or a quartet of cheeses as dairy-rich as a billionaire milk baron. A side of pasta accompanies the veal parmigiano ($18), and a wood-grilled Black Angus sirloin extols the high vitamin content of its plate-mate, braised kale ($18). Shepherd's pie ($12) strolls over the hills of Gatehouse Tavern's menu along with gourmet burgers ($8–$11) formed into 7- and 10-ounce patties or full-scale models of history's best-known ferris wheels.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
When waiting for a meal, 15 minutes can seem like an eternity. That's why the staff at Mona Lisa Restaurant and Pizzeria pledges to prepare all dishes in fewer than 15 minutes without sacrificing carefully balanced flavors. For their classic Italian entrees and pizzas, chefs harness fresh ingredients, including prosciutto, grilled eggplant, mozzarella, and pecorino cheese. Mona Lisa even contracted a nutritional adviser to consult on the menu, which bolsters diets with whole-wheat pastas and other healthy dishes. After dinner, a soft-serve ice-cream machine dispenses complimentary dessert and unsolicited advice on how to arrange toppings.
Nestled in historic downtown Wake Forest, Over The Falls whips up steaming hand-tossed pizzas and stacked sandwiches in a dining room that recalls a cozy log cabin. Red and yellow ceiling lanterns cluster together like glowing mushroom tops, casting light on dark wood furnishings and sleek exposed brick walls. While dining on a hand-tossed pesto pizza or sauce-slathered wings, patrons can sip a beer, catch a game on the flat-screen, or chest bump their reflection in the floor to ceiling front windows.
From an adults' area equipped with free WiFi, parents and guardians watch their socks-clad youngsters amble about Jumpin' Beans' inflatable playground, where they can scale, slide, and bounce on the facility's air-filled structures. Seattle's Best coffee and espresso drinks keep grownups alert as kids reenergize with pizza or drinks from an onsite concessions stand or munch on their own snacks. In addition to open-play sessions, parties gather groups in Jumpin' Beans' play space, where the facility's party hosts oversee each soiree's arrangement of inflatables sidled up beside big-screen TVs, DVD entertainment, and cakes that turn back into cupcakes at midnight. When not busy with playing and partying, Jumpin' Beans' Jump Start programs, helmed by a veteran elementary-school teacher, teach pupils motor skills and offer social enrichment via lessons, games, and physical activities.
A romantic evening for two can be arranged over a plate of pasta at Two Guys Amer-Italian Restaurant — this Italian restaurant is the perfect date spot. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Two Guys Amer-Italian Restaurant, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Two Guys Amer-Italian Restaurant's extensive drink list. Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Two Guys Amer-Italian Restaurant — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups. Wifi here is on the house. Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Two Guys Amer-Italian Restaurant, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
The dress code is strictly casual at Two Guys Amer-Italian Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Two Guys Amer-Italian Restaurant for catering. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's Hillsborough St location offers nearby street parking.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.