Food & Drink

Washington pizza maker moves to Lexington, opens FunZone

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Rami Salem, who spent 20 years making pizza in the Washington, D.C., area, recently moved his family to Lexington to open his own pizza place, FunZone Pizza.

It's a family entertainment and pizza restaurant that serves a buffet featuring a variety of pizzas, pastas and salads. Games include air hockey and skee ball.

The restaurant is at 1763 Alexandria Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 260-1001.

Specials

Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has a new lunch deal. "After years of weighing food and selling by the pound, we've made our lunch faster, cheaper and simpler to understand," owner Gene Williams said. Ten entrees rotate during the week and include meatloaf, salmon croquettes, stuffed peppers, and black beans and rice. The cost is $7.50 for the all-you-can-eat buffet, $6.09 for vegetarian choices, and $4 for the salad bar. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.

Rossi's Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, has daily dinner specials and happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. every night at the bar and all day Sunday. A glass of chardonnay or cabernet is $3. Bottles of wine are half-price on Tuesdays. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.

Special events

■ Toa Green, chef/owner of Thai Orchid Café, is throwing a birthday bash to celebrate her 30th birthday. Some of Green's favorite dishes will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, along with free birthday cake. The café is at 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.

Driftwood Restaurant at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Lucas will host Buffalo Night on Feb. 4. Other food events include: Miami-Cuba cuisine, Feb. 2; New Orleans Creole and Cajun foods, Feb. 16; American Indian foods from across the Plains, March 1; and traditional American foods of Boston, March 22. The resort is 44 miles southeast of Bowling Green. Call 1-800-325-0057.

Whitehall House & Gardens in Louisville will hold its second annual Valentine's Day dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the historic mansion, 3110 Lexington Road. Chef Gregoire Guiot of Mirabelle Gourmet Catering will prepare a five-course meal featuring three entree choices: steak au poivre with brandy peppercorn sauce, roasted chicken breast with Marsala wine mushroom sauce, and roasted portobello mushroom napoleon.

Tickets are $75 for the dinner with non-alcohol beverage, or $100 with wine pairings. Call (502) 897-2944 or go to Historichomes.org.

New menus

Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Crossing, has a new menu that includes Angus beef burgers, bison burgers, duck confit, beef filet mignon medallion with mushroom sauce and blue cheese butter, and fried shrimp tossed with Asian chili sauce. Call (859) 245-0048.

Della's Diner now carries Sadistic Mistress Sauces, a line of 13 varieties of all-natural hot sauce made from Kentucky Proud peppers. Della's menu includes Buffalo chicken strips and sandwiches made with Sadistic Mistress Sauces' cayenne and roasted garlic sauce. It also has three varieties of hot sauce on its tables, including East African Rift, a Berbere sauce. Customers may sample the sauces from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Della's, 124 North Upper Street. Call (859) 281-1141.

Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has added items to its lunch menu. Included are penne alla arrabbiata, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, pennette alla Siciliana and lasagna. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

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