an American Kitchen
Since 1973 we've served up New York-style deli favorites on an American menu offering everything from comfort food to pub favorites. Local and homemade from scratch... that's how we roll! Our very own soups, breads, sauces and award-winning desserts are made early in the morning folks.
Purveyor of Ales, Lagers, Wines and Spirits
We celebrate American Craft Beer with 57 drafts, a cask-conditioned "real ale" hand-pump beer engine, and a 150+ bottle list that would make your buddy jealous. True, American is our thing, but we've got crazy good brews from all over the globe and oh yea, Winos... don't fret. We rotate a stock of 30+ respected selections by the bottle/glass. Shot with your beer? Or a snickers martini perhaps? Our backbar rocks a crazy collection... you'll see.
*large parties of 10 or more will be split into two (or more) tables to allow us to provide the best possible service.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/17/17
Mario’s Italian Restaurant Closes Making Way For New HiWay Pizza Pub Location
Dante’s Restaurants’ HiWay Pizza Pub brand to open a second location this fall.
State College, PA: Mario’s Italian Restaurant’s parent company Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife, announced today that it has closed its Mario’s Italian Restaurant location on North Atherton Street in State College, PA.
The decision to close the restaurant was based on the company’s strategic review process and to enhance long-term company growth. Director J.P. Mills explained, “We have come to the end of our current lease at Mario’s. The lease renewal terms presented a significant rent increase and subsequent increases thereafter. We attempted negotiations to reach amicable terms, but unfortunately, we could not reach an agreement.” All the employees of Mario’s have been offered other employment opportunities at their other Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife locations.
“We have enjoyed a long run at Mario’s and are fortunate to have so many loyal customers. We would like to thank them for their patronage and support and we invite them to come say hello to to us at our other locations,” comments Director Jennifer
Zangrilli. Fans of Mario’s will still be able to find the same scratch-made pastas, sauces and Dante’s Restaurants' Italian know-how at HiWay Pizza Pub and Inferno Brick Oven & Bar.
Dante’s is significantly reinvesting in their flagship brand, HiWay Pizza Pub. With the closing of Mario’s, Dante’s will work quickly to open a second HiWay Pizza Pub location on West College Avenue. J.P. Mills explains, “We are super excited to have been working for the past few months on plans to update our HiWay Pizza Pub brand. HiWay will be great place not just to watch sports and have a few drinks, but will have a restaurant section for families and kids. Enhancing the atmosphere and guest experience as well as expanding our food and drink menu is our focus, but don’t worry, the same great food that made HiWay a State College tradition will remain. The closing of Mario’s gives us the ability to grow our HiWay brand and celebrate the pizza that our company was built on. Building a new location from scratch will give us a clean canvas to present a new look for our HiWay Pub brand for years to come.” HiWay Pizza Pub was opened in State College by Dante’s owner Andy Zangrilli in 1963.
About Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife. Founded in 1963 by Andy Zangrilli, Dante’s Restaurants is one of the most unique multi-concept restaurant companies in State College, Pennsylvania producing all of their food menu items in-house fresh from scratch. Locations include Hi-Way Pizza Pub, The Deli Restaurant and Z Bar, Liberty Craft House, Inferno Brick Oven & Bar, bar bleu, The Saloon and The Hopshop Beer Market.
A State College Tradition
The State College tradition since 1963, nobody does it like HiWay! Offering over 29 varieties of hand-spun pizzas and an endless combination of toppings we’ve got a pizza for everyone. Our vodka “flaky” crust pizza is simply a must have!
We use only the freshest local and imported ingredients available to make our unique pizzas, pastas and desserts. Our day starts at 2am preheating the ovens and mixing the ingredients to make our signature doughs, sauces, breads and desserts all from scratch! Nearly 50 years after opening it’s doors Andy Z is still the only one to know and prepare his “secret spice blend” for our signature Hi-Way Pizza sauce.
Hi-Way Delivers! Click the link to your right to order online now.
... Your social life heats up at Inferno!
Inferno kicks off the night with dinner service and transitions into a tasty nightclub with dance-floor lighting, club sound system and the area’s most talented resident DJs.
With a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, Inferno is a place to see and be seen. People watch on one of the most stylish outdoor cafes including downtown’s only outdoor lounge complete with comfy couches and chairs. A full-service bar boasts a unique specialty cocktail menu and has four high-definition flat-screen monitors, so you never have to miss the night’s sports action. Live entertainment and resident DJs provide nightly entertainment.
For foodies we offer a contemporary Neapolitan brick-oven experience featuring a focused menu of artisan pizzas and other modern-Italian plates. We offer lunch and dinner service seven days a week.
Our Rock Star Bottle Service allows you to reserve your spot and fully enjoy your next special occasion, celebration, or self-indulgent night out. By the glass or bottle, a generous wine list offers a broad pallet for serious wine drinkers. Eight draft beers accompany a large selection of craft, import, and domestic bottled beers.
Music, Monkey Boys, and more. ... just a damn good bar.
The Saloon, established in 1976 and patterned after a turn-of-the-century English pub, buzzes with energy and music. Hosting live music every night of the week and a party atmosphere at its core, The Saloon offers the perfect mix of bar meets rock ‘n roll show. A heart-pounding sound system delivers guitar solos from the region’s most popular live acts seven nights a week. The night’s sports action appears on five high-definition flat-screen monitors circling the room.
Home of the famed Monkey Boy ®, our nationally recognized signature drink, The Saloon has a full-service bar with over 75 spirits, 16 beers on tap and close to 100 in the bottle American craft, import and domestic beers.
Two different levels... two different styles. We’ve got tons of personality and fantastic drinks to match!
Socializing and sports viewing awaits at bar bleu. Don’t miss a minute of the action on 22 true 1080i HDMI high-definition flat-screen monitors displaying the night’s college and pro match-ups. The bar serves up 16 draft beers in addition to crafted cocktails from our signature drink menu including the “Fishbowl,” concocted in it’s own 43-ounce tank!
Hungry? Our kitchen serves up authentic Kansas-City style barbecue smoked onsite. We have wings you'll talk about!
Can’t sit still? Hit up the pool table, bubble hockey or one of the seasonal sports arcade games. Once you’ve got your initials on the score board check out the live music lounge-scene downstairs Thursday thru Saturday.
The Hopshop Beer Market
The Hopshop Beer Market, located directly under Z Bar and The Deli Restaurant, is a take-out beer boutique that features not only American Craft Beer, but brews from all over the world.
Over 600 selections and 21 cold doors offer something for everyone. You can also create your own sampler 4 and 6 packs from the large mix-n-match bottle selection. If you’re still into the yellow and fizzy, there are plenty of domestic and malt selections from the large breweries stocked on the shelves.
A specially designed draft tower offers eight rotating selections to fill growlers (a half-gallon jug). Bring your own, or purchase one of ours!
The Hopshop and Z Bar create a beer lover destination for anyone either looking to head to the tailgate, or a new brew experience.
Welcome to Liberty Craft House. A worthy destination inspired by our passion for knowledge, skill, and small-batch artisan goods. Liberty is a humble neighborhood joint with design cues from the industrial revolution that provides a comfortable post for a few drinks, food and good-times.
At Liberty, we strive to prepare and present you with drink and foodstuff that is properly cared for and skillfully prepared. We’ve considered each and every detail in the products we create and present.
Beginning with the producer, we consider how they make their products and, of course, their quality. We love local, natural, sustainable and organic so much we not only practice this ourselves, but seek out and purchase from those who are like-minded as well.
Next, we choose and implement equipment that is used to correctly store and authentically prepare the food, beer, wine, soda, coffee and classic cocktails on our menu.
Finally, the keys in our logo represent our constant thirst for knowledge, techniques and our fondness of the stories and history behind food, spirits, wine, ales and lagers. We’re constantly educating ourselves on how to prepare and present these artisan made plates and drinks to you.