Two new pizza places are in the works.
■ Naked Pizza, 561 South Broadway, is expected to open this weekend. The niche: pizzas with no artificial additives, preservatives or "freaky chemicals," area developer David Lawyer said.
The dough is made with 10 ancestral grains. "Ancestral grains is our way of saying whole grains," Lawyer said. The 10-grain blend includes prebiotic agave fiber and probiotics (healthy bacteria) for digestive health. Toppings are all-natural, with no added preservatives, antibiotics or sugar.
"We also have a gluten-free option that has become very popular," Lawyer said.
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Naked Pizza, a franchise based in New Orleans, offers specialty pizzas for delivery and carry-out that include ragin' Cajun (sausage, chicken, garlic, bell pepper, onion), Sonoran (onion, chicken, fire-roasted red pepper, mushroom), omnivore (pepperoni, hamburger, ham, bell pepper, mushroom, black olive), superbiotic (artichoke, spinach, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, red onion, cilantro) and greenhouse (onion, tomato, bell pepper, black olive, mushroom).
Hours will be 10:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call (859) 523-7600 or go to Nakedpizza.biz.
■ Village Host Pizza will open soon at 431 Old Vine Street. Once an auto body shop, the space has been a couple of upscale restaurants, a French bistro, a café and an alcohol-free bar.
Village Host, owned by Evan and Kathy Trommer, is a California-based franchise. The menu includes burgers and sandwiches, and there's a 20-foot-long soup and salad bar. Call (859) 455-3355.
Alfalfa makes MLK Day special
If you're going downtown for the festivities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, stop by Alfalfa Restaurant for some holiday specials.
The restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch and breakfast items include andouille gumbo and cinnamon swirl French toast. Call (859) 253-0014.
Warm up inside and out
Taj India Restaurant, 154 Patchen Drive, is serving a comforting buffet for those who venture out for lunch on cold winter days. Cost is $6.99. The dinner menu, served from 5 to 10 p.m., includes lamb marsala, chicken marsala and seafood. Call (859) 268-0055.
State park, international flavor
Anglers' Cove Restaurant at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will feature its first international classic cuisine Italian night on Feb. 5.
"We will be doing a special international theme on the first Saturday of each month along with continuing our famous all-you-can-eat seafood buffet every third Saturday," park manager Cary Lyle said.
The Italian menu includes baked spaghetti, chicken Alfredo, chicken Parmesan, vegetarian lasagna, catfish, salad bar and assorted desserts. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $14.99.
A traditional buffet is served from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 1-800-325-0083. Greenbo Lake park is at 965 Lodge Road, 18 miles north of Interstate 64 at the Grayson exit.