A brick oven imbues each of Luigi’s Restaurant’s pizzas with a distinct flavor and crispy crust. Chefs adorn these bubbling hot discs with 20 toppings that range from veggies such as jalapeños and mushrooms to meaty morsels of hamburger and pepperoni. They also handcraft their own spinach ravioli, meatballs, soups, lasagna, and abstract finger paintings. Servers deliver these lovingly prepared meals to tables, which populate an intimate dining room decorated with framed photographs.
Rolls 'R' Ready whips up Southern-inspired pastries and sweet snacks in a hospitable setting. Entreat northerly noshers to decadent sub-Mason-Dixon cuisine with the shop’s signature handmade cinnamon rolls. The bakers dress up fresh dough with sugar and savory spices, roll it up, and lavish it with a liberal arts education to create a flavorful, well-rounded treat. Though not included with the purchase of this Groupon, Rolls 'R' Ready also offers palate-pleasers such as pies, cookies, cakes, and tasty turnovers.
It takes a deft touch to make Middle Eastern food from scratch, and the chefs at Taboon Bites don’t shy away from the challenge. They create all of their traditional dishes in-house, including Taboon’s most popular dish, shawarma. The health-conscious cooks also craft hummus, tomato kibbe, falafel, and shish kafta and kebabs. The food on their menu can also be catered for events, such as a birthday bash or viewing party for your man-on-the-street interview on the nightly news.
Big Boy’s claim to fame is the classic Big Boy double-decker burger—a colossal tower of fresh beef, american cheese, and special sauce. In addition to juicy burgers, Big Boy chefs extend their culinary expertise to tender steaks, barbecue sandwiches, and a sweeping variety of American comfort classics. For breakfast, the expert cooks whip up custom omelets and hot cakes topped with fruit and whipped cream. Diners await their meals out in the casual dining room, sipping on creamy hand-dipped shakes.
The menu at Ruggero’s offers a wide variety of Italian favorites: bruschetta, fettuccine alfredo, veal parmigiana, baked manicotti, chicken marsala, shrimp scampi, pizza, calzones, and seven varieties of lasagna. Of course, the selection wouldn’t be complete without the country’s signature desserts making an appearance. Chefs pump cannolis with bavarian cream, slice espresso-flavored pieces of tiramisu, and serve spumoni—an Italian-style ice-cream cake with a nougat center.
Waiters bring this bounty of Italian food out to an elegant carpeted dining area where framed art hugs swirling green wallpaper. Wide sconces blend their photons with the ones coming in through the front wall’s windows, and a fireplace casts warmth on guests. Adjacent to a row of padded booths stands a full bar, rife with liquor and enough sleekly stained wood cabinets to make Paul Bunyan cry an actual river.
In addition to a menu brimming with hearty lunch fare, Tropical Smoothie Café offers wholesome smoothies that are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements. Puréed potions, such as the Pomegranate Plunge––pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry ($4.89)––are stuffed with superfruit and low-fat options, such as Mango Magic––mango, pineapples, and nonfat yogurt ($4.29)––trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the Kiwi Citrus Green Tea's anti-oxidant-laden matcha charge or the Muscle Blaster's whey protein (starting at $4.79). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.59 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
“Cooking runs in the family,” says head chef Vito Cangemi of Olio’s Bistro & Cuisine. He’s referring to a childhood spent watching his aunt, also a chef, work her culinary magic in his hometown of Palermo, Italy. As a result, Vito relies on family recipes that he states are “straight from Sicily." The menu proves as much with its mottle of pasta, chicken, seafood, steak, and subs. Vito whips up everything from scratch, including his signature dish, penne alla Vito—chicken, shrimp, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a light sauce. Of course, no Italian meal would be complete without a pour from the wine list and a hand-puppet rendition of the Aeneid.