The time-tested Italian dishes populating Avezzano Ristorante’s menu span generations, having been passed down throughout the years, according to metroWNY. Prelude feasts with plates of jalapeño ravioli ($6.95), whose breaded-and-fried shells are drizzled in a rich red-pepper coulis. Sautéed with fresh mushrooms and herbs, succulent cuts of chicken ($14.95) or veal ($18.95) sail down tongues on the surging currents of a marsala-wine demi-glace. Sage-brown-butter sauce buoys pan-roasted cod filets ($18.95) sheathed in a thick almond crust designed to fend off oceanic predators and plastic silverware. Crown sated bellies with one of eight decadent meal closers, such as a pillowy cream puff ($4.95) or a slice of peanut-butter pie ($5.95).
Standalone favorites such as chicken fingers, tacos, and steak transform into pizza toppings at Gerace's Broadway Pizzeria, allowing guests to satisfy multiple comfort-food cravings at once. Along with these specialty pizzas, guests can order traditional pies—sized from personal pies to party sheets—piled with any combination of classic Italian toppers, such as meatballs, mushrooms, spinach, and green peppers. Wings, hot and cold subs, calzones, and tacos round off the menu of party snacks.
Amaretto Bistro produces a menu of Italian-centric dishes that feature rich and simple ingredients. Housemade venison link sausage and mussels seasoned with white wine and butter serve as preludes to Amaretto's entrees, which include fresh pastas, seafood, and steak such as the bone-in rib eye with radish-chive compound butter. For lighter fare, the kitchen churns out goat-cheese salad tossed with green-apple and raspberry-chianti vinaigrette.
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Walking across the red-and-gold carpeted floors at Salvatore’s Restaurant, a quick view explains why the fine dining spot was first known for its over-the-top decor. Chandeliers, racks of fine wines, heavy red drapes, and white linens splash across the various rooms. Even the ceiling appears to twinkle. And guests sitting at the patio don’t miss out on the decor, either: white linens paired with high-backed black chairs make the patio feel more elegant than most formal dining rooms.
The menu is equal parts decadence and comfort. Steaks are aged 36 days then rubbed with sea salt, black pepper, and fresh rosemary, and broiled to order. Then, homemade steak butter tops it off, plus grilled asparagus drizzled with balsamic and orzo. Italian specialties and seafood also abound on the menu, from prosciutto tortellini and lobster ravioli to sea bass and yellowfin tuna. And if you’re concerned about drink pairings, brace yourself: the wine list is 17 pages long.
The chefs at Great Northern Pizza Kitchen draw upon Italian, Greek, and American culinary traditions while topping pizzas. After tossing crusts by hand, they turn to blue cheese, buffalo sauce, shredded pork, morsels of feta, and pico de gallo. Though some toppings seem adventurous, the mac 'n' cheese pizza and the potato-skin pie, a combination of bacon, sliced potatoes, and cheddar cheese, call to mind simple comfort foods. Tables clatter with plates of salads, pastas, and sandwiches in an 80-seat dining room with exactly enough spots for the 10 families cloned from the Brady Bunch.