Rulli’s culinarians dish up pizzas, pasta, and seafood dishes born from recipes central to southern Italy, serving patrons in their 25-year-old dining area at their Middlebury location or at their newest spot in Elkhart. A range of appetizers, such as 12 broaster-style chicken wings accompanied by dunk tanks of barbecue, ranch, or vidalia onion sauce, pave the way for heartier main courses or Stooge-level food fights. Velvety ricotta, parmigiana, romano, and provonello cheeses comprise the lasagna’s melty strata, which trundle italian sausage toward forks on fragrant avalanches of marinara and signature sauce. Rulli’s pizza, which has been served at the Elkhart County Fair for two decades, bristles with inventive toppings such as spaghetti and meatballs.
Vivid Italian artwork and murals from local artist Rocky Weaver pepper the dining room, a delightful prelude to the neighboring Rulli's Bella Luna sports bar’s fun neon signage, clacking pool balls, flickering high-definition TVs, and live music. Foam-flecked taps line the full-service bar boasting a selection of robust wines, which nicely complement rowdy bands wailing or grape stomping live atop a well-appointed stage.
Antonio's Italian Ristorante stuffs hungry stomachs with pastas, pizzas, strombolis, a variety of wines, and other authentic Italian dishes. Guests can commence a journey through the expansive menu with an appetizer of pepperoni-and-mozzarella-stuffed bread sticks ($4.50). After properly preparing the palate, culinary matchmakers can try an entree of chicken stromboli, a mélange of grilled-chicken-breast strips, tomatoes, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese snugly enveloped by fresh pizza dough ($6.95). A disk jam-packed with mozzarella, parmesan, feta, prosciutto, fresh basil, olive oil, and thinly sliced tomatoes takes shape as the prosciutto and pomodoro pizza ($14.99), like a popular rock band forming from a throng of bored investment bankers.
Since 1969, thin-crust pies have emerged from Z-Place Pizza’s oven crowned with custom combos of 15 ingredients, including banana peppers and chicken. Over time, Z-Place’s culinary team has even created its own specialties, including a variation of the Hawaiian pizza that swaps its custom-crafted pizza sauce for barbecue.
Along with favorites such as chicken-parm grinders, Z-Place’s cooks supplement their pies with some less common pizzeria dishes. Rather than grill or deep-fry, they opt to broast wings, fish, and pork chops. They even craft nine riffs on the baked potato, including versions with pizza and bacon-cheeseburger fixings. Feasts unfold inside Z-Place's booth-lined dining room, whose back wall is filled with arcade classics for pre- and post-meal gaming.
Building on 23 years of pizza-industry experience, Avilla Pizza and Subs serves up a continuously evolving array of delectably cheesy disks of dough made fresh daily. Although ranch lost its role as the base of the food pyramid, it retained its spot on the specialty pizzas menu ($9.99–$18.99) in the customer-favorite chicken bacon ranch. Take a gustation vacation to an oven-baked island with the specialty Hawaiian pizza, or keep it simple with a thin-, traditional-, or pan-crusted cheese pizza ($6.69–$13.49). The build-your-own-pizza option gives aspiring pizza artists three crust choices and 17 topping options ($0.79–$1.50 each) to choose from. Avilla Pizza and Subs is open every day for an early lunch or a late dinner.
Choose from 21 toppings to build your own pizza ($4.95–$11.96, plus $0.75–$1.77 for each topping or half and half), or order a specialty pie such as the gourmet house (onion, meatball, black olives, feta, and assorted cheeses, $6.96–$17.48). Pizza Forum's menu also offers an array of pizza shop classics, the star of which is freshly baked garlic breadsticks ($2.99, five pieces). Chomp through a stromboli (Italian sausage, green peppers, and onions with pizza sauce, topped with blended cheese; $4.39) if you love pizza but suffer from fear of wedges. Or obliterate an iceberg of hunger with ham, pepperoni, and onion missiles fired from a submarine sandwich ($4.39). Beer and wine are also available.