One way to avoid getting buffalo sauce all over your hands is to not touch buffalo wings at all, ever. This simple logic inspired Danny Boys Pizza to put some buffalo chicken on a pizza with blue cheese, making for a handy meal with less mess. The ingenious chefs also stack hero sandwiches with Boar's Head cold cuts to ensure each bite packs a refined flavor. Alongside their signature Sicilian-style pizzas—available whole or by the slice—the cooks plate traditional Italian entrees such as veal marsala, baked ziti, and tortellini alfredo, each of which can fill up fork-obsessed guests or sad, empty pockets.
Using fresh, high-quality ingredients, the culinary masterminds at The Orange Dog Bar & Grill, formerly The Salty Dog Bar & Grill, whip up locally and globally inspired dishes for patrons in need of stomach-engine top offs. After perusing the menu, launch your meal rocket with a fresh veggie platter ($3.99) or natural cut chips ($3.49) before grabbing an infamous serving of Wings of the World, a customizable mix of eight globally inspired spiced chicken wings ($8.25). Send your taste buds on a diplomatic mission with saucy maple-and-bacon wings inspired by our northern neighbor, leprechaun-approved Guinness wings, or Indian-inspired tandoori wings. Daredevilish diners can turn to more adventurous wing lacquers such as Madagascar green peppercorn or Brazilian passion fruit-guava. Patrons preferring less saucy bites can grab a juicy build-your-own burger ($6.99), or just skip to the sweet tooth-pacifying Nanaimo bar, a Canadian specialty of milk chocolate and custard-flavored butter icing ($4.75). Quench particularly stubborn thirsts at the full bar while sating your athletic- and chord-based urges by catching one of the Orange Dog's televised sports matches or live music events.
Steampunk ornamentation colors Georgian-era furnishings at Downhouse, an ornate hangout where vivid fluorescents melt over evocative murals, progressive artwork, and vintage accents. The creative menu complements the unique interior with house-made crepes and made-to-order demi sandwiches piled with veal tongue, roast beef, and lightly cured salmon. With stomachs sated, patrons can peruse the calendar for any number of live events, from tango dancing on Tuesdays to the disc- and bowtie-spinning talents of a DJ on the weekends.
Knapp Pizza II’s owner Francesco Sciortino imports the vibe of a casual pizzeria and pasteria from Sicily, where he spent most of his childhood. After perusing a lengthy menu, eating duos and quartets can sink teeth into an appetizer of baked clams or mozzarella sticks before deploying forks into entrees from chicken parmigiana to shrimp oreganata.
Specialty pies fill the menu at Rocco's Pizzeria & Restaurant, and homemade crusts weigh heavy with dozens of savory toppings. Popular pies include a fresh mozzarella and tomatoes disk perched atop 18 inches of signature marinara sauce, as well as a vodka sauce pie slathered in marinara's zesty proxy. Between nibbles of buffalo chicken or taco pies, 2-liter soda bottles provide effervescing refreshment and a medium with which to demonstrate how tornadoes work.
Chef Maria Samperi and her kitchen staff craft a menu of casual Italian fare that reads like a list of treasured comfort foods. Rich meat sauce smothers a chosen pasta shape: long strands of spaghetti, pillows of tortellini, or tubes of penne. Meatball sandwiches serve as a hearty meal, while eggplant parmesan gives vegetarians an option to eat for dinner or to wear as a work-appropriate tie. Diners gather around wood tables surrounded by sponge-painted walls adorned with photos of flowers and trees.