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$10 for $20 Worth of Italian Fare
The menu includes pesto and chicken pizza with summer squash ($9.49), grilled vegetable lasagna ($12.39), and fresh rosemary salmon with veggies and cappellini ($20.99).
Rick Gratch has been running Caffe Pranzo for 16 years, almost as long as it's been open, but many of his customers have been dining there since before he started. It's the restaurant's traditional Italian menu that inspires such devotion, plating pastas, chicken, and fish sautéed in delicate wine sauce. Pizzas, too, are prepared the old-fashioned way, with dough thrown high in the air. After garnishing them with gourmet toppings such as grilled artichoke hearts, portabella mushrooms, and summer squash, the brick-oven-baked pies transport to a dining room bedecked with works by local artist Jennifer Holloway. There, guests who've finished off their meals can tuck into cheesecakes shipped from New York City's Carnegie Deli for a taste of Manhattan without the granite-y mouthfeel of biting the Empire State Building.