New York-style pizza and Italian-style Italian food fill the menu at Café Sicilia, a casual neighborhood joint with a welcoming feel. Served by the pie or slice, sizzling pizzas are topped with canadian bacon, mushrooms, capers, artichokes, and other standard or specialty toppings and give off the aromas of toasted crust and melty cheese. Deep dish, sicilian-style pies pack an extra hearty punch, while stromboli and calzones transform the slice into a more compact culinary vehicle.
Outside the pizza realm, Café Sicilia's chefs plate fettucini alfredo, baked ziti, tortellini, and lasagna. Kids can tuck into spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmigiana, while parents feast on zuppa de pesce, an assortment of seafood layered in zesty marinara. Culinary expeditions conclude with tiramisu, cannoli, and plain or chocolate cheesecake.
A woven hanging light looms overhead, casting a buttery glow on wall alcoves festooned with orchid arrangements. Nearby, booths flaunt intricate geometric designs to match throw pillows on the adjacent sofa. The walls are comprised of texturally diverse materials such as stacked stone, exposed brick, and barbecue-flavored wallpaper, an eclectic assortment that mirrors Orchid City Café's mélange of Cajun, American, and Asian fusion fare.
Poboys and Thai-style rice dishes overflow with a choice of catfish, salmon, and chicken—all available fried, grilled, blackened, or interrogated. Chefs also mold half-pound Angus sirloin burgers to pair with fresh-cut french fries and specialty drinks such as smoothies or sweet boba tea.
Gelato jockeys at The Sweet Spot scoop flavors such as chocolate, Oreo, and mango by the cup or quarts. Frozen-yogurt flavors ranging from vanilla to strawberry-kiwi swirl into containers, and shaved ice tantalizes palates with low-fat fruit or fruit-and-gelato combos. Plentiful 16-ounce smoothies round out the eatery's coterie of frozen treats, while a wealth of soft drinks such as Gatorade and Snapple quench thirst more effectively than licking dew off the grass. Guests craving an alternative to frozen treats can scarf down one of The Sweet Spot's ham or turkey paninis, which come paired with chips and a pickle.
Paciugo's Latin motto, Ante Lucrum Nomen, meaning "Reputation Before Profit," neatly summarizes its liberal three-scoops attitude. Its luscious cold creams contain 70% less fat than premium ice cream, thus making it 130% more okay to consume several consecutive pints' worth. Each of their Turin recipes employ fresh and all-natural ingredients coupled with the finest fruit, nuts, chocolates and more to churn up scrumptious orbs of sweet sustenance. The gelateria's menu ushers taste buds toward small piccolo cups ($3.77) with three scoops and up to three different flavors, such as black raspberry, amaretto chocolate chip, chocolate black-cherry swirl, black-pepper olive oil, Mediterranean sea-salt caramel, chocolate orange saffron, and many more.
Owned by New Orleans expats forced out by hurricane Katrina, Pierre's Mardi Gras Café, featured on Fox 4, rekindles the Cajun spirit from within its kitchen, kicking out authentic New Orleans fare. Friends, romantic partners, or auditioning potato-sack teammates become temporarily obstructed from each other's view by the 12-inch Half & Half po' boy, a classic french-bread sandwich with somersaulting bites of fish, shrimp, and oysters accented by lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Philly steak po' boys sizzle and crunch in their edible envelopes, and surf 'n' turf po' boys squash appetites with steak- and shrimp-inspired stomps of the foot. Pairs take a break from open-jawed po' boy bites and ladle a spoonful of authentic jambalaya into their mouths, an alchemical elixir composed of two different sausages and shrimp in tomato sauce, or trade off spoonfuls of crawfish étouffée as they argue about whose taste buds would be more likely to guest star on reality TV. Cups of shrimp creole and crawfish étouffée boast flavors that slow-dance atop tongues in simmering revelry. Pierre's Mardi Gras Café will be open on Sunday, September 4, as well as on Labor Day.
Of Czech origin, Kenner’s Kolache Bakery's eponymous, oven-baked pastries come in delicious sweet or savory varieties, with fruit toppings and rich fillings. Batter down a boardroom door with a breakfast tray of fruit-topped kolaches in flavors ranging from apple to strawberry cream cheese ($0.80 each or $8.25 per dozen). Savory kolaches can pull double duty as hearty breakfast and anytime snacks, with varieties such as rodeo sausage ($1.09 each or $10.25 per dozen) and bacon rolls with cheese kolache ($1.09 each or $10.25 per dozen). Other edible indulgences include cinnamon rolls ($1.50 large or $1.09 mini) and Danish melt-a-ways ($1.65 each).