Steve Fenerjian opened the first Mangia Neapolitan Pizza in Brookline in 2003, setting his business apart from other pie shops through his use of healthy bleach-free whole wheat and wholesome locally-sourced organic veggies. The Mangia empire has expanded considerable since then, but their approach to pizza remains the same. At each pizzeria, chefs select flour milled to exact specifications, and sprinkle the resulting dough with traditional toppings including sweetener-free tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, chopped clams, eggplant, basil, pesto, and prosciutto. Then, they cook Mangia's celebrated pizzas in the traditional Neapolitan way⎯roasting each pie a sizzling stone that leaves crusts crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. These expertly fashioned New Haven-style pizzas pair well with the pizzeria’s other offerings, which range from hearty roll-ups and deli sandwiches to sauce-covered chicken wings.
When people think of Chinese food, they likely think of scrumptious, but heavy noodle and rice dishes loaded with dense sauces. Luckily, at Gourmet Garden, lovers of Chinese and Japanese food can dig into a menu full of organic meats and vegetables, low-carb and gluten-free options, and light, healthy rice dishes.
Steamed beef and mixed vegetables are prepared without oil and sauce, traditional noodles can easily be substituted with wheat-free rice noodles, and the chicken—used in such dishes as chicken with string beans in a black-bean sauce—is hormone- and antibiotic-free. Many dishes, including hibachi entrees, come with akai rice, which has more fiber than regular rice and may help lower blood-sugar levels and reduce bloating.
The expansive menus at X&O are bursting with homemade Greek, Italian, and American favorites. For dinner, cast off for the Mediterranean in a sailboat made from crispy phyllo triangles, layers of buttered dough stuffed with feta, spinach, and spices ($8.99). Well-rounded pizzas include the 12-inch four-cheese bianco with mozzarella, feta, cheddar, and blue cheese melted with flavorful toppings such as tomatoes, red onions, and garlic ($9.99). A classic American-style burger can be created from Angus beef ($7.99–$9.99), and nautical-nourishment lovers can growl in satisfaction at the grilled salmon patty with homemade tartar sauce ($11.99). Authentic lamb and beef gyros are served with homemade tzatziki sauce in a fresh pita ($8.99), and Zorba-approved eats include mousaka ($14.99) and braised Greek lamb ($16.99).
Italy possesses a rich culinary culture, and the chefs at LaStoria Trattoria honor the old-country recipes of Sicily, Rome, and Venice. With an arsenal of imported olive oils, truffle oils, and balsamic vinegars, they whip up classic dishes such as chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, and veal piccata. Their specialty pastas, meanwhile, incorporate more unorthodox ingredients such as littleneck clams, pink sauce, and toasted crumbs. A brick wood oven bakes an octet of pizzas, which guests can use to teach rudimentary geometry to one another.