The cuisine crafters at Papa Vito's Italian Restaurant tirelessly hand-toss pizzas and dish out a menu of traditional Italian fare until 1:30 a.m. every day. Herbivores nosh on garden goods with a Gourmet Vegetarian pizza ($18.50 for 16"), dappled with fresh veggies and white sauce, while meat-seeking mouths and experimenting stegosaurs feast on the Old School Stuffed pizza ($19.95 for 16") filled with mozzarella, mushrooms, beef, and pepperoni. An order of Papa Vito's wings ($6.99 for 12) prompts duets, quartets, or sextuplets to slather tongues in spicy, barbecue, or garlic sauce, accompanied by a wading pool of ranch or blue-cheese dressing. While noshing and practicing for upcoming fractions quizzes glaze gullets with a glass of house wine ($3.75), draft or bottled beer ($3), or an imported beer ($3.50).
Natural light pours in through the arched windows of Cara Mia Riverside Grill and reveals sweeping views of the Indian River as diners dig into linguine and calamari. In the kitchen, head chef Elizabeth Hanstein prepares house-made sauces from traditional Italian recipes and incorporates Mediterranean influences into dishes such as the chicken piccata, which finishes a mushroom-and-scallion chicken sautéed with a sherry wine sauce.
Cooking pasta at home is as simple as pulling noodles out of a box and tossing them in some boiling water. At DeAngelo’s By the Sea, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner in 2013, the process is a bit more complicated. Using all-natural ingredients––water, stone-ground flour, and eggs––chefs extrude pasta through hand-carved bronze dies. They then let the noodles air dry, resulting in an al dente texture that is firm enough to hold sauces but still too delicate to catch a parachuting baby. Penne, spaghetti, linguine, and lasagna dishes anchor the menu, but diners can also get a taste of Italy with more than a dozen specialty pizzas. Like with the pastas, the pizzas epitomize freshness, utilizing such ingredients as San Marzano tomatoes, pure flour from Napoli, and Sicilian sea salt.
Bella Italian Restaurant dishes out authentic Italian delicacies from a menu, rooted in Old World tradition. Swimming in a sea of marinara, olive-oiled mussels ($8.95) flex for admiring taste buds, and fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic lounge on crunchy toasted bruschetta ($6.95). Diners can tangle their tongues around a mound of spaghetti, mingled with the baked goodness of eggplant parmigiana under a blanket of mozzarella cheese ($11.95), or pacify luxury-loving teeth with tender veal marsala, with mushrooms and shallots in classic wine sauce ($14.95). Oceanic appetites are sated with spicy calamari fra diavolo, supple calamari sautéed in a piquant marinara sauce crowning a linguini hill ($13.95).