For more than 30 years, Countryside Deli, Pizzeria & Caterers has mastered a vast menu of comfort dishes from America and Italy. Diners stroll up to the counter in Countryside's simple dining room to order hot or cold sandwiches, cheesy pizzas, or plates of gnocchi with eggplant and mushrooms. Its catering selection is equally diverse, featuring trays full of tortellini alfredo, chicken marsala, and eggplant rollatini, as well as sandwich platters and giant subs perfect for serving a bunch of fans watching a football game or one football player after a football game.
Owner Alessandra Siniscalco, a first generation Italian, opened Caf? Piazza Dolce as a business school graduate with a passion for food, but ended up becoming the chef of a celebrated Italian trattoria. While the restaurant originally sold only espresso, gelato, and fresh baked goods, Caf? Piazza Dolce's popularity soon transformed it into a cozy eatery serving authentic Italian pastas, pizzas, and grilled dishes. The menu, comprised of both a weekend brunch and daily dinner selections, brings together entrees from every region of Italy. Caprese salads often start dinners, followed by house-made pastas for main courses. Hand-tossed pizzas rise in wood-fired ovens, topping with ingredients such as egg, prosciutto, or bacon pesto, and the kitchen's grill chars a wide range of proteins from steak to salmon. On the weekends, the chefs have a sleepover at the restaurant so they can be up early preparing pancakes, poutine, and gourmet egg sandwiches for brunch.
Since its founding in 2001, The Upper Crust Pizzeria has fashioned artful thin-crust pizzas in 19 storefronts with modern, architectural touches. Chefs craft specialty pies inspired by local landmarks, from the sundried-tomato cobblestones of the Beacon Hill to the pesto-painted walls of the Green Monster. Diners can opt to spread sweet sauce over a regular or whole-wheat crust or request that any pie be served white without sauce, and combine slices with crisp salads or pounce on the geometric goodness of a spinach square or half moon-shaped calzone. Restaurant interiors are accoutered with modern flourishes such as flat-screen TVs and pan-decorated ceilings, allowing one to lie down and admire their reflection before a postmeal nap.
Though Bacci’s is in Saugus, a car ride or several Orange Line stops away from the North End, its menu of Sicilian-style pizzas and pasta dishes adheres to the historic Boston neighborhood’s renowned culinary tradition. The family-owned shop bursts with the aroma of baking dough and simmering Italian sauces. The chefs toss specialty pizzas by hand and layer subs, wraps, and paninis with an array of mozzarella, meats, and vegetables. Bacci’s also hosts “Make Your Own Pizza” parties, during which diners can try their hand at designing their own pies without the hassle of milking the dough from the cows themselves.
From pub grub and subs to pizzas spangled with toppings, snacks and meals at Jimmy's Famous Pizza leave no stomach grumbling. Catering menus send veal ziti and chocolate cake out to parties, and calzones can double as miniature piñatas in a pinch. There's even a kids' menu, which satisfies little appetites with mac ’n' cheese bites.
Since 1969, golf balls at Golfland USA have rolled under pint-sized barns, spun through the bottom of a small-scale lighthouse, and soared around a red loop-the-loop. These simple obstacles may not be as impressive as the ones on multimillion-dollar courses, but the course is still challenging. As told in a 2009 Eagle-Tribune article, “It’s possible to get a hole-in-one here, but it’s improbable you will.”
For a different kind of challenge, the Gyro, a tri-color rainbow of rings, spins riders around and around and upside-down, daring them to hold on to the soup crackers squirreled away in their pockets for later. The Eagle-Tribune piece also says that the gyro was the one originally used to train NASA astronauts and says past passengers include Johnny Carson, who rode it on The Tonight Show.