The Fieldhouse Pub beckons to visitors with the inviting smell of American-steakhouse fare mixing with that of Italian, French, and German cuisine. Head Chef Hans Jurgen Stender loads the tables with saucy veal schnitzels, spinach- and ricotta-cheese-stuffed capon, sauce-laden pastas, and juicy blackened steaks. Like 2001: A Beer Odyssey, his pub menu explores beer's longtime on-and-off relationship with burgers, overstuffed wraps, and shareable finger food.
Hanging plants hold court alongside a sun-friendly, greenhouse-style glass wall in the dining area. Upstairs, grainy timber accents define a bar that features a jukebox and stools clad in billiard-table-green leather. DIRECTV sports packages keep guests entertained with the glory of games, and occasional karaoke and all-ages stand-up routines keep them in stitches over the antics of professional comedians or amazed and terrified at human Auto-Tune impersonations.
At Sofia's Ristorante, golden fried calamari splashed with a balsamic reduction and crabmeat-stuffed portobello mushrooms drizzled with gorgonzola sauce top tables draped in white tablecloths. These appetizers will soon be replaced by housemade pastas, chicken shrouded in prosciutto, shrimp in a sherry-wine sauce, or 1 of more than 10 types of veal dishes. Nearby, a chef stands in front of couple, readying their order—the house specialty linguine parmigiano-reggiano that is prepared tableside in a wheel of cheese.
On music nights, amid the sounds of hearty laughter, live jazz-music notes bounce off the bold red walls and into ears before shooting straight down to the toes. The sounds of clinking glasses filled with BYOB drinks add to the lively atmosphere.