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.
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.
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.
zpizza— voted best pizza in Raleigh by CitySearch and Best Pizza in Cary by WakeCary Magazine —is known for its inventive, California-style pizzas: think zesty Thai-style chicken pizza with peanut sauce and cilantro, or Mexican-style pizza loaded with taco fixings. But even a simple cheese or pepperoni pizza from zpizza is sure to be memorable. That's because the restaurant's cooks use only top-shelf ingredients in their brick-oven-baked pies, from the Montana winter wheat that goes into their hand-thrown crusts to the organic tomato sauce and Wisconsin skim mozzarella layered on top. Diners can customize pizzas with other toppings, including locally sourced meats, fresh produce, and gourmet ingredients such as truffle oil.
Mandarin oranges. That's just one of Amante Gourmet Pizza's 50-plus toppings. Customers can take advantage of that plethora of choices building their own pizza with the likes of goat cheese, pickles, capers, and jerk chicken. Or they can take toppings such as pecans, imported prosciutto, and zucchini and construct a crispy, golden calzone. The menu also quells cravings with mango habanero wings, baked penne pasta, and cheese steak sandwiches.
Sicilian-born chef Franco Cominato continues to man the stovetops at Pulcinella's, a task he has performed since the restaurant first opened more than 10 years ago. He relies on his knowledge of his native land when creating thick-crusted, Sicilian-style pizzas as well as thinner, Neapolitan-style pies, each available with sun-dried tomatoes, sausage, banana peppers, and 11 other toppings. But pizza’s only part of the story; zesty or spicy marinara adorns the pasta platters, and sautéed chicken breasts emerge in either a citrusy white-wine sauce or a rich and creamy marsala sauce. Guests feast on these dishes in a dining room where sconces light burnt-orange walls, which are adorned with gilt-framed paintings of Italian cities and the Roman Coliseum's famously decadent hopscotch tournaments.:m]]