Although guests may feel like they’ve stepped into a pub in Britain when entering Wig and Pen (on the Coralville Strip), they have actually entered an Iowan venue famous for their delicious pizzas and pub atmosphere. In a relaxing and welcoming environment, pizza lovers can feast upon a tasty selection of pies with a thin crust, Chicago-style (deep dish), or the famous Flying Tomato, which is a pan-style thin-crust pizza stuffed with mozzarella and tomato slices. Highlights include the Union Jack, loaded with Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and red peppers, and the Piccadilly Circus with a BBQ base topped with chicken, pineapple, and red onions. For those not in the mood for pizza, there is an array of other entrées from sandwiches to pasta.
Wig and Pen East, 363 N. 1st Ave., Iowa City, IA, USA, +1 319 351 2327
Chickpeas are a versatile ingredient: they can be left in their bean form, ground with garlic, onion, and spices then fried to become falafel, or puréed with various flavours to create the spread known as hummus. Established by Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan, Oasis is a successful decade-old eatery specialising in Mediterranean fare, including falafel and hummus. Everything is made fresh every day and includes enticing options, such as the falafel pita, which is a wholewheat pita stuffed with hummus, Mediterranean salad, babba ganoush and falafel — various meat options may be added making a heartier meal. Located downtown, their items can also be found on the University of Iowa campus plus various grocers.
Oasis: The Falafel Joint, 206 N. Linn St., Iowa City, IA, USA, +1 319 358 7342
The first Pagliai’s Pizza opened under the name of The Pizza House in 1957, which was a great success and the start of the Pigliai’s everyone knows today. A family-owned operation located in the Historic Northside Marketplace, this pizzeria specialises in thin-crust award-winning pizzas made with recipes handed down from generation to generation. They grind their own meats daily and use only the freshest ingredients, which makes for a flavourful culinary experience. In a warm and inviting atmosphere, guests can savour mouth-watering selections, including the palace special topped with sausage, beef, pepperoni, mushrooms, and onions and the veggie special with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black olives.
Pagliai’s Pizza, 302 E. Bloomington St., Iowa City, IA, USA, +1 319 351 5073