In 1963, Mama Rosina and her husband Saverio left their mountaintop village in Calabria, Italy, in search of a better life. They sailed to America with their most treasured items: Mama Rosina?s Italian recipes. Those very recipes make up the menu at Mama Rosina?s, where customers can dine on traditional veal and chicken marsala and parmigiana dishes. Her pork specialties find the chops stuffed with Italian spices and simmered in red tomato sauce, or charbroiled and topped with sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, escarole, and potatoes. The menu?s pasta offerings contain cavatelli, rigatoni, and fettuccine noodles doused in ground beef and cream sauces,?and 12-inch pizzas can be topped with meatballs, clams, or calamari.
The quaint bakery of Il Sogno Dolce caters to sweet teeth with brownies, cookies, cakes, biscotti, and other treats crafted on site. Each dessert is made in small batches to capture a homemade taste without setting bear traps under welcome mats. Cake pops ($8 for six) combine the decadence of cake with the convenience of a lollipop and are available in combinations such as carrot cake and cream-cheese frosting, german chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, and yellow cake with lemon frosting. Crunch into house-made cranberry and white chocolate biscotti ($6.99/bag), or softly sink chompers into Earl Grey fudge ($8.99/half lb.), which was infused with the namesake leaves after cracked eggs revolted against oppressive electric mixers by dumping tea bags into batter.
At The Original Primo Pizza & Grill, chefs whirl handmade dough and whole, peeled tomatoes into a variety of thin-crust pizzas. While the menu includes classic standbys such as the hawaiian pizza, customers can also create their own perfect pies from toppings such as garlic, mushrooms, pepperoni, and sausage. What really shines through, however, is the restaurant’s large selection of specialty pies: buffalo-chicken pizza is topped with chicken and zesty buffalo sauce; Nutella pizza with brown and powdered sugar; and the American-style pizza gets topped with steak, peppers, onions, american cheese, and a pervasive dislike of the metric system.
While pizza dominates the menu, diners can also explore traditional Italian entrees, including dinner specialties such as chicken scampi, veal milanese, and spaghetti with clam sauce.