Find the Restaurants Featured on Guilty Pleasures: Cheesiest and Meatiest
Art and Soul
The Fried Chicken for Two from Art and Soul in Washington, D.C., may have been intended for two people, but Rocco DiSpirito admits, "When I eat it, it's not for two. It's just for me." Crispy-crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside, this buttermilk-marinated fried chicken is dredged twice before frying for the thickest crust.
Where to Find: Art and Soul
"You haven't had a cheesesteak until you have had one at Piccolo's in Hoboken," Buddy Valastro says of the sliced steak sandwich topped with sweet sauteed onions and a blanket of gooey American cheese. "Melt in your mouth, cooked to perfection, flavorful, just — mmm."
Where to Find: Piccolo's
According to Fabio Viviani, "If you are in Texas, you cannot miss the Green Chili Mac & Cheese from Roaring Fork in Austin." This baked beauty is laced with bell peppers, poblanos and plenty of gooey pepper Jack, and thanks to the panko topping, there's no shortage of crispy texture after the mac and cheese bakes in miniature cauldrons.
Where to Find: Roaring Fork
The Cake Bake Shop
For Marc Summers, it's all about the Earl's Court Chocolate Cake at Indianapolis' The Cake Bake Shop. Boasting a towering three layers, this salt-sprinkled cake is filled with both ganache and malted cream before it's drowned in hot fudge frosting. "It actually melted in my mouth," Marc says of the experience of tasting the cake.
Where to Find: The Cake Bake Shop
Take it from Aarti Sequeira when it comes to the Warm Sticky Toffee Cake from Los Angeles' Westside Tavern: "This sticky toffee cake just tastes like cuddles." Not only is it studded with dates, which Aarti deems "the jewel," and slowly baked, but it's also served in a pool of toffee sauce and topped with rich mascarpone cream.
Where to Find: Westside Tavern
What may look like a seemingly traditional pie when it starts gets taken to the next level of decadence when it's topped with a second layer of dough at Prova Pizzeria in Los Angeles. The Vesuvio Pizza features ricotta, salami and mozzarella atop a thin crust, which is then covered with another layer of dough and sealed to create a surprise-inside pizza. "When it cooks, it rises like a volcano," Tia Mowry explains, "and when it's ready, they just poke a hole in it and a whole bunch of steam comes out."
Where to Find: Prova Pizzeria
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