Cosmopolitan gastronomes can sample cuisines from across Europe with a menu that includes fare from France, Spain, Greece, and more. Send hunger to the Greek isles with spanakopita, a delicate spinach-and-cheese concoction tucked inside flaky phyllo dough ($5.50). The pastete smuggles ground seasoned roast beef across German borders inside an inconspicuous fried pancake ($7.75). Opt to use man’s most natural eating utensil and spear the spicy spanish chicken kebabs, stacked with grilled meat, artichoke hearts, and veggies bathed in lime-and-herb marinade ($22).
The Villa Tuscan Grille's owners Peter and Christina Guidarelli believe in a simple, unhurried approach to restaurant service—before dinner, they encourage guests to enjoy conversation over some house-baked bread and dipping oil. Executive chef Danny and the kitchen staff apply the same unhurried approach to cuisine: they slow-cook their tomato sauces for up to 18 hours and travel back in time to plant the seeds for those tomatoes. In addition to the sauce, Chef Danny prepares Italian classics such as housemade cavatelli and fettuccini topped with chicken or shrimp, hand-cut Black Angus steaks, and fresh-dough pizzas topped with ingredients such as meatballs, broccoli, and ricotta.
There’s a simple, casual atmosphere here; booths are framed by curtains and hanging lamps. In warm weather, feel free to dine on an outdoor patio. The Villa Tuscan Grille also commits to the community: the kitchen uses ravioli and stuffed shells from Pede Bros., and the dining space hosts weekly events such as live music from area bands.
Implementing four generations of Italian winemaking techniques, Altamont Vineyard cultivates more than 20 kinds of grapes, carefully blending each variety to compose a small selection of handcrafted wines. Rolling green hills flanked by the Helderberg Mountains invite vineyard visitors to feast eyes on scenic vistas as they partake of scrupulously fashioned vintages.
Baristas at Altamont Coffee Café froth fresh-ground coffee drinks made from locally roasted beans, and dish out quiches, crepes, and sandwiches stuffed with healthy local ingredients. The bistro's menu tells the savory story of a daily vegetarian quiche ($6.95) and a rotation of fresh fillers. Spicy curry powder balances sweet mango chutney in the chicken curry wrap ($6.95), and the caprese panini unites basil, tomato, and mozzarella on a crispy baguette ($5.95). Fresh off the griddle and confident, the blueberry crepe ($3.95) steps into the ring with a pastry chef who lands blow after blueberry blow as orange marmalade shouts encouragement from the corner and sour-cream maple syrup watches with an expression bordering on concern.
Peppino's Pizza subdues cravings by gently lulling them to slumber with a comforting selection of freshly crafted subs, pastas, and city-style pizzas. Sink chompers into a standard tomato pie ($9.95), or experience island vibes with the Mediterranean pizza, which fashions a doughy foundation with eggplant, olives, and garlic ($14.95). Like awkward elementary-school dances, ingredients mingle shyly under the supervision of culinary chaperones who encourage tomato, oregano, feta, and olives to get close—but not too close—inside a serving of Greek spaghetti ($10.95). Sub rolls are made fresh daily and house a multitude of hot and cold tenants, including meatballs ($6.95) and roasted veggies ($6.95). Treat mouths to a 100% Angus-beef burger, such as the pepper-, mushroom-, and bacon-stacked Monster Burger Deluxe ($8.95), or order one pound of boneless Volcanic wings and warm up after carpooling in a coworker’s Zamboni ($7.95).
The newly renovated Randy Loren's Dolce Vita Ristorante infuses classic Italian dishes with a love of music that permeates the classic atmosphere. As diners enjoy plates of lightly breaded veal and parmesan-encrusted tilapia, on Fridays and Saturdays performers take to the dining room’s elevated stage to coax melodies from a white grand piano sitting under a disco ball and colorful lights. In addition, trimming decorated like piano keys accentuates the wooden bar, whose array of liquor and wine bottles would produce its own grand symphony if it were ever hit with a bunch of tiny pebbles.