Under the guidance of pie professionals Iris and Mike Wasserman, Pizza Stop's chefs handcraft batches of dough daily for pizzas in between artfully assembling subs, sandwiches, and pastas. The bacon pizza ($8.75 for 10", $14.75 for 16") rouses slumbering taste buds with a meaty wake-up call and the white pizza ($7.75 for 10", $12.75 for 16") eschews pigmentation for a savory, snow-hued canvas. Mouths can embark upon a Hellenic sojourn through the pita-swaddled chicken-souvlaki sandwich ($5.95), speckled with feta cheese, homemade ziti dressing, and tiny tomato Minotaurs. The steak-and-cheese sub ($5.75 for 7") quiets howling stomach sirens with a slab of 5-ounce rib eye and pastas such as lasagna ($8.95) toboggan down the esophagus. Diners can feel the breeze ripple through their knuckle hair in the outdoor eating area, weather and opportunistic clouds permitting.
[[m:####Il Pinito Trattoria
Miniature electric chandeliers help illuminate the crimson walls in Il Pinito Trattoria's dining room, which proudly announces its Old World roots with displays of wicker-wrapped chianti bottles and grape-vine trim along the ceiling. Back in the kitchen, the cooks demonstrate their passion for Italian traditions by rolling homemade meatballs from ground veal and crowning platefuls of toothsome pasta with spicy marinara and alfredo sauces. Their pizzas emerge from ovens with cheese that bubbles like a jacuzzi full of cheese or laden with such toppings as eggplant, sausage, and mushrooms.
Looking beyond a strict Italian focus, the restaurant also hosts live Latin jazz jam sessions on Thursday nights.:m]]
Each of Pasta Nostra's pizzas begins with hand-stretched dough, fresh, house-made tomato sauce, and a hearty helping of mozzarella cheese. From there, the possibilities are vast: square Sicilian or round, thin New York-style crust, pesto or white sauce, and topping choices that include prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and asparagus. Just like snowflakes, pasta mixed with ricotta, sausage, and seafood comes in eight different shapes, and focaccia bread clasps sizzling fillings in a slate of paninis. In keeping with the restaurant's spirit of options and inclusivity, Pasta Nostra especially welcomes families with a kids' menu and family-style dinners.
Geppetto Restaurant opened in 1977, quickly perfuming its surroundings with the rich scents of housemade Italian food. Hints of roasting garlic, simmering tomatoes, and bubbling cheese still hang in the air, conjuring images of the cooks hard at work in the kitchen, spreading spicy sauce across inch-thick sicilian pizzas and laying steamed Prince Edward mussels on plates of housemade spaghetti. Overall, the menu takes a slightly Californian approach to Italian cuisine, as evidenced by its sautéed chicken and artichokes entree as well as its rich ricotta pies that are dusted with toasted almonds. Another nod to the West Coast is the eatery’s extensive wine list, which tallies more than 150 different bottles, 70 percent of which hail from the Golden State’s 24-karat gold soil.
With an emphasis on distinctive, Mediterranean-inspired ingredients, Pizza Tempo's pizzas stand apart from ordinary pies like a furry sports mascot at a state dinner. The pizzeria’s pie-pitchers throw toppings including grilled zucchini, corn, caramelized onions, gyro meat, and pistachio mortadella onto hand-tossed build-your-own margherita pizzas. Choose from a medley of gourmet specialty pies, such as the Tempo special pizza, with sucuk (a turkish beef sausage) joining fresh tomatoes, artichokes, olives, and mozzarella cheese in a circle of camaraderie, or opt for the meat lovers’ option, piling spicy beef franks, salami, meatball, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese atop a crisp crust ($11–$18). Meanwhile, Pizza Tempo’s boat-shaped pides change the shape of dining, carrying edible cargo including eggs, lamb, and feta cheese to gastronomic ports of call ($8–$10).