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Omaha's best pizza



Two pizza proclamations

Two pizza places have the best pizza in Omaha, according to two cable television networks.

Sgt. Peffer's five-cheese white pizza will be featured this month on the Travel Channel as the city's best pizza. And La Casa Pizzaria on Leavenworth Street has a banner on its building saying that the Food Network has proclaimed its pizza as the city's favorite. What's your favorite?

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DINING NOTES

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The College World Series begins today, and so does the annual Omaha Ice Cream Series at e-Creamery in Dundee.

For the fifth year in a row, the shop is offering ice creams named after each team in the series. CWS fans vote for their favorite flavor by ordering, and when a team gets knocked from the series, the flavor is gone, too. This year's teams: Stony Brook, UCLA, Arizona, Florida State, Kent State, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida. And here's your ice cream lineup:

Stony Brook’s Taste of Victory, mint ice cream with fudge swirls and chocolate crunch; Seminole Grand Slammer, chocolate cake batter ice cream with brownies and fudge; the Bruin Ruin, sweet cream ice cream with chocolate chips and cherry swirls; Wildcat Batter Blaster, chocolate cake batter ice cream with strawberry swirls and chocolate bites; Razorback Rally, vanilla bean ice cream with caramel swirls and Snickers bites; Game Cookie Crunch, mint ice cream with Oreo cookie crumbles; the Gator Bite, sweet cream ice cream with Heath bites and caramel swirls; and Flash Attack, vanilla bean with chocolate chips and cookie dough.

In 2011, Game Cookie Crunch won the flavor contest. Voting is based only on fan support and number of scoops served. In 2010, Super Frog Food, named for Texas Christian University, was the first ice cream flavor to take the championship without its team winning the baseball series.

Team sundae flavors are available in the store for $5. Half-gallons of the team flavors can be shipped outside Omaha at www.ecreamery.com.

Press Club shares views and menu

The Omaha Press Club will be open to the public during both the College World Series and the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

This is the second year the club, on the 22nd floor of the north tower of the First National Bank Building, has shared its amazing views with non-members.

The club will have a special ballpark-themed menu that runs daily starting at 11:30 a.m. It continues through July 3. An entree and a side on the special menu runs $10.

On Saturday, the club will have a Father's Day Grill that includes a special steak and prime rib buffet. The buffet is $20 for adults and $10 for children. On July 3, the club will have a Home Run Derby and fireworks buffet, which will cost $18 for adults and $10 for children.

The club is at 1620 Dodge St. For more information, call 402-345-8008 or go to www.omahapressclub.org.

Brewery joins tavern's team

Lucky Bucket Brewing Company is bringing its suds downtown during the CWS.

The brewery is teaming with Hilton Omaha's Liberty Tavern to offer $4 beers, and Liberty will have a special $6 menu, breakfast buffet and Bloody Mary bar set up for fans.

Each day of the series, the restaurant will serve food beginning at 6 a.m. Liberty Tavern is inside the downtown Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St.

More bar offerings at Tommy Colina's

Tommy Colina's Kitchen now has its liquor license and new hours.

The restaurant has 14 beers, both domestic and imports, Bloody Marys, six Mimosa choices and both a classic peach and a pearidise Bellini. Owner Grant Lunden said the restaurant is expanding its beer list and other bar offerings soon and also starting a new menu that includes appetizers.

The restaurant is at 3562 Farnam St. and is open Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and with the regular menu from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday for brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scoot fast to get free coffee

Scooter's Coffee and Yogurt has a new location, and as part of its celebration, it's giving away free drinks and snacks for a year.

The first 100 people through the door on June 22 at the new location, 751 Pinnacle Drive in Papillion, will win free coffee and yogurt for a year. The doors open at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/scooterspapiopointe/app_31.

New offerings at CineDine

The CineDine theater in Midtown Crossing has a new menu.

New starters meant to be shared include fresh mozzarella and tomato bruschetta, roasted red pepper hummus, and a selection of sliders, including Kobe beef, Greek turkey and BBQ pork. The menu also has traditional appetizers such as beer cheese dip, cheese curds and loaded French fries.

The menu also features some new salads, including an apple, blue cheese and candied walnut salad; an Asian salad that can include chicken, shrimp or salmon; and a shaved ribeye steak salad.

Other new items: loaded mac and cheese; baby-back ribs; a stuffed pizza crust Italian sandwich; and other new burgers and sandwiches.

New desserts include a Guinness cake, a banana bread pudding and chocolate chip cookie sundae. The cocktail menu now includes more choices of beer, wine and specialty drinks, among them seasonal martinis and margaritas.

For more information on the menu, visit marcustheatres.com.

Gluten-free info for baseball fans

The Celiac Sprue Association is bringing gluten-free food and information to the College World Series.

CSA will have a booth north of the Old Mattress Factory, 501 N. 13th St., inside the new Omaha Baseball Village. Staff and volunteers will have information about celiac disease and gluten-free snacks. For more information, visit www.csaceliacs.org.

Gluten-free cooking class

The Zin Room is having a gluten-free cooking class. Chefs Ryan Gish and Tom Armbrust will lead the class Tuesday in the Empire Room at the Hotel Deco, 1504 Harney St.

The menu features salmon with fresh dill and lemon en papillote with pesto risotto and grilled asparagus. After the class, the group will eat the food in the dining room. The ticket price includes the class, the dinner and two glasses of wine: one during class and a second during dinner.

The cost is $40 per person, and the event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information, call 402-991-0660.

Beef, bourbon for you, Dad

Sullivan's Steakhouse is celebrating dads this June with a special beef and bourbon menu.

The menu includes a 14-ounce dry-aged New York Strip for $42 and a 26-ounce dry-aged long bone ribeye for $58. The steaks can be topped, for an additional $6, with either a bourbon peppercorn sauce or a king crab bourbon butter. Also on special, the manliest of cocktails: a Woodford Reserve classic Manhattan, which runs $12.

On Father's Day weekend, the two featured sauces will be free when diners order one of the two featured steaks. Sullivan's is at 222 S. 15th St. in downtown Omaha.

Insider's Guide

Sarah Baker Hansen's first book, “The Insider's Guide to Omaha and Lincoln,” includes her take on more than 150 restaurants. Buy it online at owhstore.com or in the lobby of The World-Herald building at 13th and Douglas Streets.

— Sarah Baker Hansen

Contact the writer:

402-444-1069, sarah.bakerhansen@owh.comxx


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