There's no hurry at Uncle Buck's BBQ. The chefs slow-cook and smoke meats such as ribs, brisket, and chicken, imbuing each plate with a tenderness that can't be rushed. Even the Old World-style pizzas have to bake inside a traditional brick oven long enough for the cheese to melt over and around the assorted toppings, such as pulled pork, sweet peppers, and garlic. Sub sandwiches and hamburgers, wings tossed in one of four sauces, and hefty steaks round out the menu of neighborhood-style American cuisine.
With its wood-paneled wainscoting and robin's-egg blue walls, the restaurant's dining area embraces the same casual, down-home charm as the menu. Outside, a wooden patio seats diners beneath an aluminum roof that provides better sun protection than a parasol slathered with sunscreen.
Hailing from Sicily and Italy’s Reggio Calabria province, the Caricari family relies on time-tested recipes and skilled cooks at its two Feasta Italia restaurants. The eatery is known for its handcrafted pizzas, as chefs create every pie to order. Hand-tossed crust and fresh, never frozen ingredients highlight every pizza. Zesty toppings include black olives, ham, and meatballs. Feasta Italia’s menu rounds out with pasta dishes and other entrees, such as veal parmigiana and seafood marinara.
At Penn Pizza Restaurant, Chef Phillip has designed a menu that incorporates fresh-baked pizzas, stromboli, pastas, and juicy burgers. Pies emerge from the oven topped with a choice of 20 toppings that include pepperoni, meatballs, bacon, ham, and pineapples. More than 30 pasta dishes include fettuccini alfredo, ravioli a la vodka, veal parmigiana, and stuffed shells.
Pomodoro Pizza slices up a menu of handmade pizzas, cheesesteaks, hoagies, pastas, and sauce-coated wings. Pomodoro's chefs hand-toss doughy canvases to adorn using ingredient artistry and a palette of custom-topping options, including artichoke hearts, sweet peppers, and ricotta cheese ($5.99–11.99, toppings $1–$2.25 each). Loaded-down gourmet discs flatten hunger with such combinations as buffalo chicken and tangy blue cheese, or bruschetta pizza with red or white sauce spreading an edible blanket for a picnic of fresh mozzarella and basil. Wings and seasoned cheesesteaks are doused in one or more of 21 flavors, including lemon pepper, Voodoo buffalo, and rosemary garlic. Grinders sandwich classic Italian flavors between fresh Egypt Star Bakery bread, which rainy-day diners can have delivered to their vehicles curbside ($6.99 for 8", $11.99 for 16").
Mangia! serves a vast menu of Italian classics including pizza, pasta, seafood, and veal dishes. Pair a glass of red vino ($4.75–$5) with a cup of italian wedding soup ($2.99), then conclude appetite consummation with a plate full of pillowy gnocchi ($11.99) under a warm alfredo-sauce blanket. A selection of seafood specialties arrives in nests of your favorite noodle, such as penne paired with salmon ($15.99). The White Delight pizza ($13.99 for 16"), allows guests to plunge fangs into a brick-oven-baked pie cloaked in chopped garlic, olive oil, mozzarella, broccoli, spinach, and tomato, a tastier way to repel smitten vampires than pelting them with veal steaks (the veal marsala is $15.49). After entrees disappear, silence your body's last remaining craving with a creamy homemade cannoli ($2.99).