Fresh-cut meats and cheeses fold into the stacked creations at Aunt Nanny's Deli—a quaint storefront that doles out thick sandwiches, breakfast platters, and ice cream in equal measure. Free WiFi blankets the casual spot, and in the spirit of community giving, Aunt Nanny's also sponsors local organizations for kids, supplying Little League and Pop Warner Football equipment and swapping out trophies for cheesesteaks.
South Side Grille delights hungering hunger tubs with its hearty Italian-influenced comfort fare, all complemented by a lively bar and a newly renovated dining space. Begin an eating excursion with dinner menu starters such the stuffed portabella crammed with sausage, red peppers, and mozzarella and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette ($8) or the nacho supreme ($8), or snag a trifecta of indulgent flavors with a sample plate, complete with chicken tenders, fried zucchini, and fried mozzarella ($12). The balsamic chicken salad keeps poultry patrons enthusiastically stomach saluting ($8), and entrees such as the frutti di mar ($20) sate sea-based cravings without the risk of stumbling upon a snoozing Charybdis. Knock back a draft beer at the bar while catching the latest scores of the big game or live-action chess tournament, pair your ravioli with a rousing game of Texas Hold 'Em on Monday and Tuesday evenings, or meander in on a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday night for karaoke, where you can belt out a tribute to your favorite Dewey decimal number.
Behind the understated green awning of L&D’s Sapore Ravioli & Cheese's storefront, owner Domenick F. Discenza and his team churn out nearly 100 kinds of pasta fresh daily. Domenick's love affair with pasta began during his childhood in Baranello, Italy, and has lasted 40 years, more than two decades of which have been spent at L&D's. He creates authentic Italian pastas and innovative interpretations including champagne-dough ravioli with lobster and sweet-potato gnocchi. The restaurant also makes use of imported delicacies, featuring 15 sauces including walnut pesto and honeycomb tripe on its dinner menu. The lighter lunch menu offers hot and cold sandwiches and wraps. In addition, L&D's savory cold-cut platters and à la carte items can be ordered for birthdays, anniversaries, and parties in honor of that time you hiccupped for three hours straight.
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.
Mia Sorella 337's chefs fill their kitchen with the authentic aromas of classic Italian classics. They hand-bread calamari in buttermilk batter before browning it in a pan, and sauté veal in a brandy demi-glaze sauce or with hot cherry peppers. Guests feast in a spacious, bright dining room, where a flat-screen television runs the game from over the purple-lit, wood-paneled bar. The restaurant's BYO policy lets diners bypass the barkeep in favor of supplying their own drinks in the form of one brought-from-home bottle or 1,000 Dixie cups.
Cooks at Hansel n’ Griddle grill half-pound Angus burgers with swiss cheese and mushrooms and stir pots of housemade soups each day. To accompany American entrees, the cooks also blend fresh-fruit smoothies made with whey protein and real fat-free yogurt.