Since its first pizzeria opened in 1978 in Palo Alto, Mountain Mike’s Pizza has stretched to encompass more than 150 restaurants throughout the West Coast. From the meat-laden Pike’s Peak to the vegetarian-friendly Mt. Veggiemore, 12 specialty pizzas—most of them named after mountains—arrive in portions from small to extra large, which can feed up to eight patrons or spark nostalgia in homesick, city-dwelling mountain goats. Diners can also choose their own conglomeration of ingredients, ranging from Louisiana-style hot links to sun-dried tomatoes, and supplement pies with an all-you-can-eat salad bar or a quintet of appetizer options including wings and jalapeño poppers.
Within the inviting milieu of a family-owned eatery, Pizza Gourmet's disc forgers bake hand-tossed pizzas topped with such epicurean ingredients as gruyere and whole roasted garlic cloves. The Five Star pizza ($15.50−$21.75) mixes it up with a blend of five cheeses including fontina, feta, and parmesan, and the elegant Barcelona pizza ($17.75−$23.95) evokes Spain’s cultural capital with seasoned chicken and artichoke hearts, brought to the table by stampeding bulls. Patrons can garnish a plain New York–style pizza ($11.50−$15.50) with a slew of sauces ($2−$3) including barbecue, ranch, or salsa; herbs and vegetables ($1−$1.50) such as cilantro, basil, and zucchini; meats ($1−$1.50); and 23 specialty toppings such as yellow squash and bleu cheese ($2−$3). Pies are available in 12-inch or 16-inch varieties and can be ordered without cheese.
The 26 pizza toppings, ranging from classic pepperoni and mushroom to the more exotic linguiça and eggplant, immediately catch they eye; they serves as a reminder that Caprara's Pizzeria means business when it comes to pizza. One such signature pie is Joe's Combo featuring Italian sausage, pepperoni, fresh garlic, black olives, and mushrooms. Rounding out the menu are juicy burgers and hearty pastas in pesto and meat bolognese, all available for dine-in or delivery.
Wild Goat Bistro, winner of the Petaluma People's Choice Awards' Best New Restaurant 2010, plays host to fresh, local ingredients and wines from around the world. Enjoy a glass of Louis Jadot Chardonnay 2008 ($9) as you imbibe oven-roasted prawns, which slow dance with garlic breadcrumbs and melted mozzarella in a summer rain of butter and wine ($8.50). The 10-inch Neapolitan-style pizza—the bistro’s house specialty—cradles an orchestra of ingredients with a thin, crispy crust. Guests can commission the chefs to sculpt one in Mediterranean style—artichokes, mushrooms, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, red onion, and mozzarella over pesto sauce ($12.75)—or in the meaty form, known as the Fog Lifter—spicy fennel sausage, applewood smoked bacon, pepperoni, and mozzarella over tomato sauce ($12.75). Any pizza, except for the That'sa Meatball, can be made with gluten-free crust.