From the hand-tossed crust to the flavorful marinara sauce, every pizza at La Bella Roma’s Pizzeria is made from scratch. The same goes for their pastas, such as lasagna and gnocchi, and their Italian specialties, including stuffed peppers. Chefs assemble Italian subs not just from fresh mozzarella and homemade meatballs, but also from imported prosciutto and bread picked from an Italian pasture. Though the eatery welcomes families to dine in, they also offer free delivery.
Pita House Restaurant, lauded by Talk of the Town for superior customer service, stuffs pita pockets and adorns platters with warm falafel and piquant zabiha meats. The letters on the menu are arranged to spell out a host of sandwiches, including crisp falafel ($3.65) and turkey shawarma, rotisserie turkey bathing in sauce and put to sleep inside a warm pita pocket ($4.45). The veggie entree unifies hummus, baba gannouj, falafel, and grape leaves ($6.45), while the meaty kefta kebab pairs skewers of minced sirloin with crisp salad and a fluffy bed of rice pilaf ($7.25).
When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, the location was cozy and quaint, but diners had only three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. However, as the restaurant grew in popularity, so did its menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant first expanded four years later under the leadership of a Melting Pot waiter and enterprising college student named Mark Johnston, who teamed up with his brothers Mike and Bob to open a new outpost in Tallahassee. This location grew in reputation to pave the way for future franchise expansion. Today, the company—now owned by the trio of siblings—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also ballooned, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
On a given night, groups of foodies gather around tables to nosh on signature four-course meals, from cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads to steaks and seafood cooked in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and couples can share decadent evenings at private tables, capping off meals with chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.
For a decade, the chefs at Udupi Palace have guided guests through the Desi culinary waters with vegetarian and meat dishes from the vast regions of India. Their uthappams, a lentil-and-rice pancake served with a traditional lentil soup and coconut chutney, and their more than 10 kinds of dosai, a southern-Indian crepe, let tongues savor the country’s herbs and spices. The chefs also season tandoori kebabs with garlic or ginger for patrons who lounge amid potted palms and count the grains of basmati rice in a biryani dish to ensure there’s an odd number.