The chefs at Solar de Minho have mastered the art of Portuguese-style rodizio, cooking slow-roasted beef and lamb, intricately seasoned with traditional spices. In the dining room, gauchos yield 3-foot skewers of sizzling beef and lamb to slice tableside. In addition to rodizio, Solar de Minho’s cooks prepare other Portuguese and Brazilian dishes, such as pork medallions seasoned with port-wine sauce or fresh herbs such as cilantro, or freshly caught lobster, flounder, and shrimp. After scraping their plates clean, diners can unwind amid the dining room’s sunny, yellow walls and hanging chandeliers by sipping a glass of wine from Portugal, Italy, or California.
Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
Family owned for 39 years, Roma Ristorante befriends neglected bellies and grants them access to a menu of scrumptious Italian dishes. Embark on a palatable journey with a hot antipasto of shrimp, clams, mussels, eggplant rollatine, and a stuffed mushroom ($12.95). Once properly teased, tongues can have their way with larger meals, artfully prepared by chef Charles Biondolillo—who learned his techniques from his father Pietro, a master Italian chef—including a plate of sautéed broccoli florets with cavatelli pasta ($12.95) and whole wheat primavera, a fusilli-based concoction that heats up a bed of garlic white wine or pink cream sauce with irresistible veggie companions ($13.95). After consulting the wine list, wash down bites of veal saltimbocca ($16.95) with delicious thoughts about a glass of Straccali chianti ($6). Diners admire the bright mural of sky clouds portrayed on the ceiling while sipping a glass of Geyser Park sauvignon blanc ($7) and savoring tilapia marechiara with clams, mussels, and marinara sauce ($19.95).
Mykonos Restaurant's full-flavored Mediterranean menu introduces tongues to hearty gyros and classic Greek dishes and allows for familiar fizz with a BYOB policy. Shareable starters, such as the homemade tzatziki served with pita bread ($5.95), marinate mouths before meals. Greek standards, such as the gyro ($6.25) or the gyro platter with greek fries ($13.95), provide pillowy pita for putting to bed memories of eating an entire tube of vitamin-infused cookie dough for breakfast. Seafood orzo lays shrimp, calamari, and octopus over a subtly spiced tomato-sauce bed ($14.95), similar to the marinara-filled mattresses that briefly proliferated after the popularity of waterbeds. Mykonos Restaurant is home to a friendly, welcoming staff and a warm, casual atmosphere, sating hunger for both friendly faces and customary Mediterranean cuisine.
A curved-glass case is the only thing that separates salivating customers from Brothers display of french and italian pastries, which include whipped-cream pies, cookies, danishes, and two sizes of cannolis. The store's fresh baked loafs of garlic, brioche, and rye bread, however, perch proudly on open racks, ready to encase sandwich meats, warm butter, or mouthwatering restaurant reviews. The intermingling smells of sweet and savory treats culled from natural, preservative-free ingredients represent a 35-year-old tradition at Brothers Quality Bakery. Custom sculpture cakes are the cherry on top of the baked goods sundae, and the Brothers Quality staff pile layers of fondant and icing upon their red velvet and chocolate masterpieces to create designs such ladybugs for birthday parties, corsets for bachelorette parties, and snowmen for holiday events.