Operating under the belief that food and celebration should go hand-in-hand, the lively staff at Antonio's Ristorante and Wine Bar makes sure that each visit feels like a party. Diners can toast the day with glasses of award-winning wine while enjoying classic Italian dishes such as veal parmesan and pasta carbonara. Ristorante Antonio’s chefs also festoon hand-tossed and deep-dish Sicilian pizzas with a selection of nearly 30 toppings, which include artichoke hearts, pepperoncini peppers, and calamari rings that diners can use to hold back their hair for hands-free eating.
Usually to get into the Hall of Fame, you have to hit 400 home runs or crush an opposing quarterback a hundred times. The only crushing likely to be seen at Maria's Cafe & Italian Restaurant, however, is that of helpless garlic. Nonetheless, the Sicilian eatery found itself a recipient of NBC12’s Restaurant Report Hall of Fame Award in 2009. The accolade might be a product of its decor’s Mediterranean-art deco design, or it might be a celebration of the recipes cooked by its Sicily-born owners.
From baked pasta entrees such as manicotti to house specialties like the wild mushroom ravioli, the menu unites classic Italian ingredients. Wraps, pizza, paninis, and calzones complement the core offerings, and a wine and beer menu ensures no one at the table resorts to drinking from their purse—the ideal location for a bag of wine.
Overlooking the James River, Sensi delights the senses, serving modern Italian fare in a lush and luxurious atmosphere. Modern artwork decorates the warm walls of the chophouse, and comfortable, elegant plush chairs surround red-clothed tables so they can’t escape. The menu features a variety of fragrant appetizers, salads, pastas, and entrees to enchant taste buds and stomach branches. The warm and dimly lit round bar showcases an ample selection of specialty cocktails, beers, and other lust-worthy libations.
Italian and Middle Eastern dishes share table space at G's Pizza & Grill, a restaurant with a relaxing, family-oriented ambiance. Seated at tables draped with red tablecloths, diners savor specialty pizzas and pasta dishes along with gyros, curry, and kebabs. Some dishes feature a fusion of Italian and Middle Eastern flavors, such as the greek pizza, which comes topped with feta cheese and lamb gyro meat.
Long before she became the owner and executive chef at Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar, Michelle Williams cut her teeth in the restaurant industry as a hostess and a cocktail waitress. Ambitious from the start, Williams soon finished a rigorous chef apprenticeship program, became a sous chef, and learned to cut onions so expertly that everyone nearby would weep tears of joy. Today as a founding member of the Richmond Restaurant Group, she oversees a slew of unique local eateries.
At Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar, Williams and her cooking staff blend dozens of Spanish tapas with classic Italian pastas and seafood. The restaurant's signature paella mixes scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, and fish to harmonious ends, and the meat paella alters the classic recipe, replacing seafood with chicken, chorizo, and lamb sausage. More than 50 bottles of European and American wine—as well as housemade sangria—complement the dishes.