Goodfella’s LES dishes a menu of oversized pasta selections and piles high-quality ingredients atop the eatery’s signature semolina pizza dough. Adhering to recipes that earned the restaurant accolades from the International Pizza Expo for World’s Best Pizza in 2007, World’s Best Non-Traditional Pizza in 2009, and Roundest Crust in a Supporting Role, Goodfella’s chefs use a brick oven to bake a dozen specialty pies adorned with such toppings as san marzano tomatoes, wood-fire-roasted peppers, and lemon-garlic chicken. For crust-free fare, diners nosh on cooked-to-order pasta selections, such as the rigatoni alla vodka, or sink teeth into a succulent brick-oven steak or grilled Norwegian salmon served with sautéed spinach and roasted potatoes.
DoSi Caffé assembles a catalogue of modern Italian dishes accented by international influences from the meal-based mind of four-star executive chef Gaspar Stantic. The dinner menu offers inaugurations into edible engagements with the bold flavors of farro salad mixed with purple cabbage and goat cheese ($8.50) or a ceviche sampler of salmon, crab, and scallops with mango frappe ($10.50). Herbaceous pastaficionados can fork marinara-drizzling mouthfuls of rigatoni tossed with eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives ($13.50), while carnivoyeurs can host internal debates to choose between entrees such as the fisherman stew, containing lobster ravioli, shrimp, and scallops ($22.50), and pork tenderloin medallions served with a belly-pleasing bed of mushroom risotto ($18.50).
Owner and chef Francis Szklarski infuses his authentic Italian menu with innovative pasta courses and a smattering of fresh seafood. Sautéed with garlic, mussels from the Prince Edward Islands ($8.95) arrive in pools of sweet or spicy marinara, and portobello ($7.95) earns a chance to wrestle in a higher weight class by stuffing itself with mozzarella-topped crabmeat. Curled up on a leafy bed of sautéed spinach, veal saltimbocca ($19.95) stays warm under a heavy blanket of prosciutto and mozzarella, and Mulberry Street shrimp ($18.95) arrives on plates lightly breaded and fried in mildly spiced sweet marinara over a heaping portion of linguine. An extensive assortment of wines matches each entree, as do more than 40 martinis concocted behind the martini lounge's chic black-granite bar. Amici's ambiance evokes Italy with paintings, wall sconces, and frequent leaning towers of spaghetti.
Offering authentic Italian fare in an elegant dining environment, Es-Ca entices epicures with an eclectic assortment of lunch and dinner specialties, as well as a full bar. Start dinners with an appetizing mouth party of grilled lobster ravioli attended by a fresh tomato demi-glaze ($17), or opt for the mozzarella caprese served warm with fresh roasted peppers and drizzled with balsamic glaze and basil oil ($12). Like Italian Barbie dolls, orecchiette comes accessorized with fried eggplant, zucchini, fresh mozzarella, and plum tomato sauce ($15), while red or white clam sauce provides a palatable chapeau for angel hair pasta ($19). Panko-breaded boneless pork chops target taste buds with the help of hot cherry pepper sauce and roasted sweet potatoes ($20), and jumbo shrimp with creamy risotto do-si-dos with wild mushrooms and fresh spinach ($29) in a belly-bound barn dance.
Family-sized platters emerge from the kitchen alongside individual portions of familiar Italian entrees, entering into a petite but lavishly dressed dining room that the Hudson Reporter referred to as "one of those quality places that doesn’t intimidate you" in a 2011 feature. The menu's selection boasts housemade ravioli, grilled Atlantic salmon, and cuts of veal in one of the chefs' hearty sauces. To accompany meals, Buon Appetito also stocks its cellar with wines from across Italy and California, including fruit-forward reds and refreshing whites that are chilled to their ideal drinking temperatures inside of an igloo.
The dining room maintains a welcoming yet refined ambience, with black linens draped over every table, a ceiling lined with small crystal chandeliers, and walls filled with vibrantly colored vintage advertisements. Buon Appetito's delicatessen fulfills a separate gastronomic purpose, plying visitors with cheeses, sausages, and imported Italian foods instead of fully prepared entrees.