Dough flying in the air is a sign of great things to come at Marozzi's Pizzeria. The chefs toss freshly made dough by hand to create their specialty New York?style pizzas?which are available by the slice or as one big pie. Sicilian-style pizzas also abound here, in 16-inch square creations. Toppings include everything from cheese to anchovies and prosciutto. But there's more than just pizza here. The chefs also create specialty hero sandwiches, such as the philly steak and veal parmigiana.
Whether you come to Bianca's on a date, with friends, with family, or alone, the friendly Italian eatery's menu will have you composing off-the-cuff odes to a good life, mouthwatering food, and adorable baby chicks. Known for simple food done right, Bianca's stockpile of traditional favorites includes tender veal marsala ($18), large shrimp scampi with freshly chopped garlic ($18), chicken parmigiana ($15), veggie lasagna ($14), and homemade manicotti ($14). The restaurant's kitchen magicians also stray from the most beaten, breaded, and baked classics, serving up house-spun specialties such as scallops choron with a tarragon cream sauce ($18) and braciole, which consists of slices of beef rolled with zucchini, ground sirloin, and mozzarella cheese and warmed in a bubbling jacuzzi of fresh tomato sauce ($16). To ensure that no one leaves with persisting hunger pangs or superfluous belt notches, all entrees are served with the daily appetizer special, a house salad, garlic bread, and dessert. House specialties and classic entrees come with a side of pasta and sauce of the day.
It wouldn't quite mesh with the ambience to say that Villa Rosa Italian Restaurant & Grill screams romance?say rather that it whispers it. The pink stucco building appears to have been airlifted from an Italian villa, complete with water fountains and a brick-and-iron arbor. Italian paintings line the walls near the full bar, where bartenders pour wines from Italy, Australia, and North America.
Even the restaurant's name comes with a bit of romance, since it was chosen to honor owner Frank Rappa's wife, Rosa. The two emigrated from Italy in the 1970s, and they quickly opened an Italian restaurant named Sal's. But something was missing. The traditional pastas were a hit, but Frank dreamed of a more formal venue, a place where their dishes could serve as the centerpiece of special occasions. So he transported the menu to Villa Rosa Italian Restaurant & Grill, showcasing mussels marinara and classic entrees such as veal parmigiana and capellini with red clams. Dessert?perhaps homemade cannoli stuffed with cream?is, naturally, strongly recommended.
Native Sicilian chef Nico Scavone channels the spirit of Southern Italian hospitality and the memories of his mother's home cooking in his made-from-scratch pasta, mozzarella, bread-and-ricotta filled cannoli, and gelato. As the nuanced flavors in each of the restaurant's handcrafted pasta dishes unravel with each bite, it's easy to imagine aromas from the same meals of handmade tortellini, ravioli, and fresh-caught seafood calling the young chef and his brothers to the dinner table in their Italian seaside hometown. Diners share in the flashback with a selection from Nico's extensive wine list (not covered under this Groupon) and an order from one of the eatery's menus, each dish and antipasto elevated with modern twists and escorted to tables alongside wine in dozens of varieties.
With its whitewashed brick fa?ade, french windows, and curlicues of wrought iron encircling the entryway, Caf? Pasta + Grille looks as if it's been plucked straight from a cobblestoned European street. A striped awning shades the easel resting outside the front door, which announces menu highlights and other news printed in Cubist script. Inside, chefs re-create traditional Italian dishes, such as lasagna and risotto, as well as contemporary recipes crafted from spicy veal sausage or almond-crusted fish. Live music entertains diners two nights per week, as do special events such as mixology tastings and holiday parties. Caf? Pasta + Grille also caters meals throughout the area and hosts celebrations in a pair of private banquet rooms for free.
Flat-screen TVs display the game at Corner Slice's wood-paneled bar, where 10 bottled brews and 14 drafts, such as SweetWater IPA and Duck-Rabbit milk stout, fuel game-day cheers. Specialty pizzas including the Archer—with roasted red-pepper sauce, chicken, bacon, and red onions—anchor the menu (diners can also build their own or order by the slice). Though appetizers include sports-bar classics such as chicken wings and potato skins, the kitchen also sends forth innovative starters, such as baked breaded mac ‘n’ cheese bites and three flavors of crab dip. Patrons are welcome to munch oven-toasted subs, saucy wings, and pita wraps out on the patio tables, which are shaded from the jealous stares of passing birds by umbrellas.