Alliteration isn’t all that Papa’s Pizza Place does well. The pizzeria’s chefs also have a penchant for sprinkling just the right amount of cheese, sausage, bacon, and green peppers on pies before popping them into the oven to bake to a golden crisp. If their ratios seem absurdly perfect, consider that they have had more than 35 years to get them right. When they aren’t making pizzas, they pile meatballs onto sandwich rolls and dress Vienna beef hot dogs with chili, cheese, and miniature turtleneck sweaters.
The succulent odors wafting out from Suparossa's kitchen herald the arrival of wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more. Browse a delectable bevy of appetizers that includes rolled eggplant laden with ricotta and marinara ($7.95). Shrimp and asparagus can frolic on a playground of fettuccine, watched over by trusty salad and soup supervisors ($14.95). Dive into the toothsome depths of pizzas in thin-crust ($8.45+) or deep-dish ($9.95+) stylings, awash with melted mozzarella and teeming with toppings such as pepperoncini, homemade sausage, and bacon ($1+). A brood of italian wines and domestic and imported beers salves pizza-singed tongues, preparing them for desserts as soothing and sweet as a lullaby sung by Mickey Rooney. Call to see if Suparossa's culinary couriers deliver to your area.
Handmade pizza dough and family-forged recipes suffused with fragrant spices and homemade ingredients await eager Italian appetites at Al's Pizzeria. An opening order of stuffed mushrooms buttresses its borders with a hearty meat and seafood mixture to increase its chances at vegetable strongman competitions ($5.50). Dough developed from scratch cradles a bubbly bed of Wisconsin mozzarella and a selection from more than 20 toppings in thin-crust, pan, and stuffed pizzas, such as the taco pizza with lettuce, tomato, and olives atop sizzling ground beef and american cheese ($15–$21.50). Customers arm themselves with forks and mental fortitude to take on helpings of homemade lasagna ($9.95) or chicken vesuvio, a boneless chicken breast, potato wedges, and green peas sautéed in a white wine and garlic sauce ($11.95–$13.95), recalling ancient Vesuvius erupting garlic-scented magma from within the earth's chardonnay interior so long ago.
Watching a movie should be a magical experience, one that transports the mind to places it wouldn't otherwise go. Nothing undercuts that faster than traipsing down a sticky aisle to squeeze into a creaky seat and watch a movie where some guy just staples paper for an hour. The experience couldn't be more opposite at Hollywood Blvd. and Hollywood Palms Cinemas, where people might start an action-packed new release or cult classic by meeting the film's stars. Fans of the theater have written tons of appreciative letters, recalling their experiences hobnobbing with Tippi Hedren before a showing of The Birds, or seeing a cast reunion of Back to the Future, which one mega-fan wrote was "one of the best experiences of [their] life."
But it's not just these meet-and-greets that elevate the experience at Hollywood's theaters. Instead of cramped row seating, there are high-backed swivel chairs encircling tables, and instead of concession stands, there're servers ferrying food and beverages to tables throughout the show. The extensive menu is mostly upscale casual dishes, including the Whoopi Goldburger with Angus beef, bacon, and barbecue sauce. From the bar, guests can order Rat Pack–inspired martinis, craft beers, or specialty cocktails such as the Tequila Mockingbird margarita with raspberry liqueur.
At each location, the architecture and decor rivals that of a film set. The lobby at Hollywood Blvd. is a replica of Grauman's Chinese Theater, and at Hollywood Palms, individual screening rooms pay homage to Marilyn Monroe and The Wizard of Oz. Not surprisingly, the Hollywood Blvd. theater has an on-site museum with real movie artifacts, including costumes worn by the Munchkins, whom the theater successfully petitioned to receive their own star on the Walk of Fame.