As a pleasantly unpretentious pizza and pasta paradise, Rotelli entices regulars who stop by for lunch and dinner to gather with friends, raise a few glasses, and indulge in fine Italian meals. The menu taps its homeland heel with light starters, such as bruschetta italiana ($6.99) and crispy calamari ($9.99). It sends a swooping high-kick well north of Sicily with chicken parmigiana, layered in ricotta and mozzarella, served with pasta ($15.99), and hand-tossed Napoletana pizza, dressed in pepperoni, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and sausage ($10.99 for 10", $18.99 for 16").
Many of NYC's favorite Italian-American specialties can be found more than a thousand miles away at Trio's Deli & Pizzeria. Chefs sprinkle thin-crust pizzas with a custom mix of sauces, cheeses, and toppings and toss wings in a signature buffalo sauce. However the cornerstone of Trio's is its deli fare: hot and cold sandwiches are piled high with layer upon layer of deli meats, cheese, and spicy peppers. For an extra meat fix, chefs can pair sandwiches with sides such as sauce-topped meatballs.
Gotrocks American Pub houses pizza, wings, burgers, and a selection of American-style entrees inside a patriotically festooned interior. Underneath an exposed blue ceiling, patrons can coax shy appetites out from behind their uvulas with tempting appetizers such as the fried mahi fingers served with tartar sauce ($8.95), before biting into a 10-inch personal meat-lovers pizza, sporting pepperoni, sausage, ham, and bacon ($8.95). A selection of sandwiches and wraps stuffs seafood, chicken, pork, and veggies between buns, and the brie burger's savory-sweet mix of caramelized onions and applewood-smoked bacon melts together with brie and poached pears ($8.95). Pub entrees include rib and steak options as well as dishes such as the chipotle chicken penne pasta—sautéed chicken and sausage mixed with flavorful peppers and mushrooms, then spooned over penne pasta and caught in a downpour of spicy chipotle cream sauce ($11.95). Servers also deliver pints of imported draft beers, heft pitchers of domestic lager for tables to share, and mix Pinnacle vodka concoctions to wash down lingering crumbs. Gotrocks American Pub corrals a battalion of flat-screen TVs on its red walls to showcase sporting events and world-class knitting matches.