Featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as a neighborhood pizza staple, family-owned P&D Oxford House of Pizza decorates 19 specialty pies in a livery of savory toppings while dishing out platters of toasty Italian fare. The Inferno pizza ($8.50–$14) coaxes taste buds through a doughy ring of fire spackled with pepperoni, sausage, and hot peppers, and the Athenian's garlic butter sets the gustatory stage for grilled chicken morsels dressed in spinach togas and feta-cheese helmets ($8.50–$14). Patrons can choose their own pizza adventure with a slew of toppings, including broccoli, meatballs, and bacon. P&D's toasted grinders, such as the steak- and mushroom-laden "Flynn-IE" ($6–$7.50), deepen the roster of handheld edibles, and homemade lasagna ($6.25) leads a hearty caravan of pasta dishes. Guests can defer to the bistro’s free Internet access to settle dinnertime disputes over whether pasta was first invented by China, Italy, or Marlon Brando as a way to pass the time on the set of The Godfather.
Culinary man-about-town Jay Powell sates the masticating masses with Uncle Jay’s Twisted Fork’s menus of breakfast, lunch, and dinner staples and ever-evolving specials. Rouse a pack of slumbering incisors with the french toast stuffed with cream cheese and strawberries ($6.99) or the steak-and-cheese omelet ($6.99). Adventurous tongues can traverse the capery peaks of chicken piccata ($7.99 lunch, $12.99 dinner) or the potato-laden depths of the shepherd's pie ($5.99 lunch, $9.99 dinner). Homemade desserts refill bodily sugar tanks, enabling energetic diners to execute a series of cartwheels around the building. A friendly, casual atmosphere pervades Twisted Fork, eliminating the usual denim-cummerbund rental necessary for stuffy lunchtime dining.
Lauded for its signature Italian-style pizzas topped with everything from spaghetti and meatballs to mac 'n' cheese, Muncheez pads its menu with burgers, pastas, sandwiches, wraps, and specialty desserts. Diners can nosh on 1 of the 11 signature pizzas, which are flown to the table by a masked, mouthless superhero. Try the Buffalo Soldier, an alfredo-sauced pie topped with buffalo chicken and mozzarella ($7.99/small, $12.99/large), or the Aloha, a Hawaiian-style concoction of ham, bacon, pineapple, and pulled pork ($7.99/small, $12.99/large). Classic and veggie pizza pies also abound.
The cooks at Wholly Cannoli obliterate cravings with a menu of casual café fare flanked by an array of creamy pastries and coffee drinks. Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., diners can sic their hunger on a custom breakfast sandwich, which starts with a bagel or house-made italian roll topped with two eggs and a choice of cheese ($2.75+) and can be embellished with an assortment of meats and veggies.
Porto Bello devotes much of its menu to the northern and southern cuisines of Italy. Sea-fare-loving seafarers can begin their voyage with mussels doused in a broth of white wine, butter, lemon, and olive oil ($10.95) before diving palate-first into the Maine lobster ravioli, a lobster- and cheese-stuffed dish named for America's most ravioli-filled state ($22.95). Other entrees include the chicken saltimbocca, with prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, spinach, and roasted-garlic sauce forming a belly-pleasing brigade ($16.95), and the portobello mushrooms, served over penne pasta and accented by red-pepper-mascarpone sauce mined from local sauce mines ($13.95).