Though they established Mollica's Italian Market & Deli in 1987, Dom, Toni, and Jerry Mollica rely on recipes that date back much further, to a time before Julia Child invented cooking. After emigrating from the Italian city of Pescara in the 1800s, Tony DeAngelis—the father of Toni and grandfather of Jerry—devised his own recipe for sausage, which he later passed down to Toni and Jerry.
Each day at Mollica's, this same sausage still finds its way, unadulterated, onto the buns of sandwiches and doughy bases of thin-crust pizzas. Mollica's kitchen staff also stacks Italian rolls with cured meats and cheeses, crafts rustic lasagna and manicotti, and builds pizzas and calzones with ingredients such as artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto.
Cupcake connoisseurs flock to Sweet Daphne Confections, grabbers grasping for the bakery's handheld indulgences. Today's Groupon gets you four of these gourmet cup-based treats, letting you choose from a wide variety of classic and creative cake flavors that cradle creamy centers. In addition to being smothered in butter-cream frosting, each expertly baked edible is infused with a sweet filling, such as peanut butter, chocolate mousse, cream cheese, pastry cream, and caramel, making them fun to eat, easy to talk to, and respectable models for cross-section drawing class. Due to their fresh-baked nature, selections change daily, but a statistically sound segment of the population is always represented.
Briar Mart’s menu draws influence from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern recipes, presenting a smattering of exotic flavors. Culinary craftsmen arrange a triumvirate of vegetarian eats including dolma, hummus, and greek salad ($6.99) into a succulently proportioned golden triangle. Crisp falafel patties or slivers of chicken, lamb, or halal-beef gyro meat furl into a grilled pita alongside onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce ($6.49 with fries and a drink), and wooden skewers pluck morsels of beef or chicken ($7.95) from a fiery grill like a game of open-air KerPlunk. Though its wares are not included in the Groupon, Briar Mart's international market carries coffees, chocolates, and cheeses imported from the Mediterranean region.
Open every weekend from September 17 to Halloween, Diana's Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze covers a small farm's family-owned fields with acres of fresh pumpkins and a giant three-acre corn maze. From within the labyrinth's dark, leafy stalks, children and adults can scramble for the correct escape route or spend up to an hour playing Farm Clue, a life-size version of the classic detective board game adapted for the corn maze. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes pepper the field, littered among decoys such as basketballs and apples. Elsewhere on the farm, children can climb haystacks or catch up on the latest barnyard gossip from baby chicks and other loudmouthed animals at the petting zoo.
Nestled amid bright, inviting environs, Café Mon Ami has dedicated more than a decade to slinging its staggering selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare. Ante meridiem risers can unfurl eyelids to a quartet of savory benedicts ($8.49–$9.49) or a croque monsieur festooned with ham, cheese, and egg before it’s grilled atop a sizzling french beret ($8.49). Fix midday fangs into one of nearly 30 croissant sandwiches, such as the Oh La La’s hearty medley of roast beef, turkey, ham, pastrami, and swiss ($8.49) or the sourdough burger, which ensconces a half-pound of ground beef in a sliced croissant bun slathered with thousand island dressing ($8.49). Drizzled with such specialty sauces such as brandy-dijon and pepper-cognac, a selection of five succulent 8-ounce Angus steaks ($15.49 each) such as the steak Oscar depart kitchens accompanied by your choice of side and a sepia-toned headshot of the chef.