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.
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.
“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.
For more than 35 years, Latina Restaurant & Pizzeria has filled its memorabilia-clad dining room with hearty Italian and American dishes. Cheese melts atop house-made Goofy Bread, which heralds entrees such as Tuscan-style chicken ravioli filled with roasted chicken, onion, celery, and parsley. Specialty pizzas shake up traditional pie paradigms with unorthodox offerings such as the Cajun, topped with italian sausage, smoked gouda, and Cajun spices. Guests can tuck into Angus burgers or breaded ravioli poppers in Latina Restaurant & Pizzeria’s newly remodeled dining room, or root for their favorite sports team or spectator in the adjacent sports bar area.
Top’s Asian Buffet serves up a tasty spread of Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, and American cuisine seven days week for both lunch and dinner. Those out for all-you-can-eat lunch ($2.25–$6.75), dinner ($3.25–11.25), or Sunday ($11.25) buffets, priced depending on age, will find a serious selection of soups, salads, fruits, sushi, steaks, Mongolian grilled barbecue, Chinese and Japanese appetizers and entrees, plus a dessert bar with ice cream.
The chefs at Taboon Middle Eastern Cuisine grill flame-kissed meats, fry crispy falafel patties, and puree vats of creamy hummus to give diners an authentic taste of faraway lands. Meals might start with an order of grape leaves stuffed with lamb and rice or a shareable sample platter, and then move on to an entree of beef shish kebabs or skewered shrimp. The restaurant's full bar stocks wines, beers, and well drinks, while a selection of fruit juices comes fresh squeezed from the juice tree.