While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. The menu was designed by executive chef Chris Peitersen, and each location executes it by blending fresh ingredients with extra time to create high-quality preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the all-natural beef tuscan ribeye, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon-basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired with any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and cocktail menu.
The chefs at the locally owned and operated All American Pizza bake up classic and specialty pies adorned with toppings to please many tastes. Meaty morsels include pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and beef, and pieces of colorful produce include green peppers, black olives, tomatoes, and pineapple. The alfredo-chicken specialty pizza transports sliceholders to Italy, and the hawaiian pizza ferries the salty-tangy combo of canadian bacon and pineapple to taste buds. Calzones keep their cheesy fillings and love of rom-coms hidden inside a golden-brown crust, which dunks gracefully into a side of marinara sauce.
Lotsa Noodles' Paulo Paes has a simple mission: to serve fresh and nutritious food with speed. He corrals recipes from across the globe for his diverse menu of pasta dishes, rice specialties, and sandwiches, which are made to order, covered in housemade sauces, and filled with fresh ingredients. Soups such as creamy tomato basil and veggie-laden pot sticker take the edge off hunger, helping diners pace themselves when it comes time to share slices of the mac 'n' cheese pizza.
Like any great Italian meal, made-from-scratch dishes at Spaghetti Warehouse are created from family recipes passed down for generations. Using fresh ingredients ranging from ricotta, romano, and mozzarella cheeses to house-made tomato sauce and Italian sausage, chefs labor for up to three days to prepare batches of their 15-layer signature lasagna from scratch. The menu also offers perfectly al dente pasta, bottomless soups, and 12-layer chocolate cakes to share with family and friends.
It?s that feeling of togetherness that people love about Spaghetti Warehouse, a feeling that is only enhanced when the drinks start flowing and the air is punctuated by the sounds of laughter as kids play retro games, such as The Claw prize-grabbing machine. To reach their table, guests commonly have to step through two doors: the front door of the restaurant and the door of the antique trolley parked inside. Since its inception in 1972, the Italian eatery has merged the functions of kitchen and museum. Artifacts such as grandfather clocks, factory flywheels, and circus billboards surround diners as they delve into Italian creations.
Papa Dio's owner and head chef Bill Bonadio is a strong believer in tradition. His restaurant has spanned three generations of Bonadios, who have carefully crafted hearty Italian cuisine served on tables across two dining rooms. Boasting a sprawling list of more than 160 items, the menu runs the epicurean gamut through classic spaghetti and meatballs to Dio's original fried pizzas, while their new "Little Menu" includes items under $10. At the wine bar, tables draped in crisp white linens surround a horseshoe-shaped bar that was made with wood salvaged from an 18th-century home in Louisiana and a horseshoe salvaged from an 18th-century giant horse.
When you go to Falcone's, it doesn't matter if you show up alone or with your extended family?they'll have a pizza that's just your size. Pick up a slice for the road or stay and split an 18-inch Bianca or margarita pizza with friends. Whole pizzas can also don a custom variety of toppings, allowing customers to get creative with their food. The rest of the menu consists of hot sandwiches, pasta, and Italian snacks, including homemade meatballs and garlic knots. When given two hours of notice, the kitchen can also prepare a dinner tray of meat or cheese lasagna fit for a family of eight or one moderately hungry ogre.