Luna Derosa's chefs draw inspiration from a variety of cultures, but their emphasis remains on approachable comfort cuisine with a refined edge. Although the menu features numerous Italian staples—including iconic Sunday gravy with braised meatballs, sausage, and beef braciola in tomato sauce—it also incorporates a variety of Asian and American influences. Chefs add a piquant dose of trans-Atlantic flavor with spicy Thai chili sauces and sriracha-spiked sour cream. They also sear porterhouse steaks, new york strips, and filet mignon on the kitchen's flat-iron grill. The bartenders, meanwhile, mix innovative cocktails using sage, muddled jalapeños, or flavored vodkas, which they infuse in-house. Illuminated columns dominate the split-level dining room, helping to gently light the space along with modern track lighting, chandeliers, and elegant wall sconces. The restaurant opens its outdoor patio during the warmer seasons so that diners can enjoy their meal beneath the stars, beside a smoldering fireplace, or in plain view of any attractive hot-air-balloon captains passing overhead.
To make the Fat Ortley burrito, chefs stuff a tortilla with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, ketchup, lettuce, and tomatoes. The eclectic burrito is the brainchild of self-proclaimed foodie Bruce Jones, who graduated from Rutgers University and brings his love of Tex-Mex fusion dishes to the masses at his eatery, Papa Grande Grille. There, chefs fill tacos with Corona-battered cod, and cook up their own jerk chicken. Other standouts include BangBang shimp burritos and a mango chicken quesadilla.
Just off the scenic Seaside Heights Boardwalk, Shake Shoppe Arcade combines the family fun of an old-school boardwalk arcade with the creamy desserts of an ice-cream shop. Guests sip refreshing shakes made with Hershey's ice cream, or win prizes and pass the time at the arsenal of arcade cabinets, simulators, and games.
A Sophia's Bistro, classic European dishes such as salmon, zuppa di pesce, chicken parmigiano, and caesar salad adorn the tables. Flavors descend from France with the chicken francaise. Other bistro favorites include juicy steaks covered in blue-cheese crumbles and salads tossed with mandarin-orange slices.
The kitchens at Johnny G's produce a wealth of homestyle Italian cooking, including stuffed crust pizzas and pies laden with toppings such as meatballs or sundried tomatoes. As diners dig into chicken parmigiana or a hot sub, they can sip on an alcoholic beverage carried from home or the fermented apples they store in a back pocket. In addition, catered pasta can feed ravenous partygoers during birthdays, baptisms, and séances.
Tiffany's founder and head chef Michael Romanelli Jr. begins every day by examining all the ingredients in his kitchen, checking seafood for freshness, squeezing tomatoes to test juiciness, and tasting his barbecue sauce to ensure it is just right. The chefs at all five of his restaurant locations follow Michael's example, folding fresh ingredients and housemade sauces into a sweeping variety of crunchy sandwiches, juicy wings, and American pub classics. They take great pride in their barbecue baby back ribs, which they baste in Michael's signature barbecue sauce and serve with sides of sweet potato and coleslaw. Diners await meals out in the lively bar and dining areas, clinking frosty pints of draft beers while watching sports games on more than 20 TVs.