The most difficult decision to be made at Giovannis Pizza is where to begin the meal. The buffet table includes not only pizza and pasta, but also a baked-potato bar, garlic bread, and a 30-item salad bar with housemade ranch and blue- cheese dressings. At any point in the meal, sweet cravings can find satisfaction in bowls of ice cream or squares of brownies. Diners who like to taunt hungry birds can take their plates to tables outside.
Even among Lexington's other historic buildings, Bellini's Italianette-style architecture stands out; perhaps because the building has been a city fixture for close to 150 years. This was a large draw for long-time friends Giancarlo Marletta and Nader Iweimrin when they started the restaurant some 10 years ago. But Bellini's has been a shared success. Chef Craig Devilliers deftly helms the kitchen and insures quality with a strict sustainability pledge: organic and locally sourced seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The result is a dynamic menu pairing rack of lamb and diver scallops with modern accents of basil relish, blackberry compote, and sweet candied fennel.
Casanova's downfall deftly doles out upscale women's clothing brands and elegant accessories with a customer-focused staff of fashion experts. Overflowing racks hold wardrobe staples, from party-ready dresses to comfortable and casual blouses, by designers such as Joseph Ribkoff ($150–$250), with custom orders available for out-of-stock sizes and archaic Betamax cassette belts. LipSense lipstick ($18) shades puckerers with party pink, cranberry, and other vivid hues blessed with the kiss-ready staying power of a thousand Marilyn Monroes.
Roosters is both a popular stop for Kentucky sports fans and its players—it’s not unusual to spy one of the university’s basketball players perched at a table, wiping his hands after downing a large basket of wings. It's these wings, fried in soy oil with no trans fat and doused with 1 of 11 sauces, that command the most attention on a menu full of hand-breaded chicken fingers, thick burgers, and oven-baked subs. Their sauces run the gamut of heat, from mild teriyaki to medium-hot sweet thai chili to the Super Killer, the sauce that delivers more kick than a Rockette on a caffeine buzz.
Walls paneled in blond wood to match the tables and floors recall a modern-day Old West saloon, with a stone fireplace standing tall at one wall. After seeing a big win on one of the flat-screen televisions lining the walls, diners can take advantage of the lofted ceilings to create a victory pyramid.
There are a lot of wine tastings hosted all over the U.S. every year. What about beer tastings? Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom has made beer tasting an art! For those patrons that want to fully appreciate the flavor of a beer, Old Chicago has a chart on their site on how to really appreciate a good brew. Or, you can always stop in at the restaurant. The wait staff is always happy to recommend a great brew. While you’re there, why not partake in some of Old Chicago’s fantastic food? If you like burgers, you’ll enjoy their selection of burgers ranging from the peppercorn bleu to a delicious barbeque cheddar bacon burger. And, if pizzas have the appeal, Old Chicago offers a great selection of one-of-a-kind pizzas! They have great calzones too and a nice selection of salads and desserts. For a taste of Chicago and a delicious meal, give Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom a chance!
Bologna or baloney? Guests won’t be talking baloney after eating a fine meal at Joe Bologna’s Restaurant Pizzeria. Situated in a historical building, this eatery’s ambiance is as classic as the recipes that come out of it. Open for lunch and dinner every day, guests have more than ample opportunities to try a variety of menu items. Build your own pizza, or try a variety of house specialty pizzas. Some specialties include the meatball pizza, buffalo chicken, Hawaiian and Mexican. A variety of pastas and breads are available to create the ultimate Italian feast. Guests might like to order a sub sandwich or a salad for a weekday lunch. Just because this place makes great pizza doesn’t mean they can’t produce a stellar dessert; Joe’s Homemade Carrot Cake is proof of that. Get full of bologna (literally!) at Joe Bologna's!