Vesuvio's Restaurant and Pizzeria first opened its doors in 1956, introducing Americans in the area to the Italian take on pizza pie, crafted in a wood-fired oven. Today, the same family bakes their pizzas in the same oven, pairing them with pasta dishes, veal entrees, and classic grinder sandwiches. They top tables with their dishes in a rustic dining room featuring murals of the Italian countryside, painted by local artist Greg Martin.
Inside White Elephant Restaurant, wood floors and light-beige walls convey a simple elegance befitting of its wide-reaching menu of Thai favorites. To prevent the eatery's tables from levitating, White Elephant's servers anchor them with hefty plates of pan-fried rice noodles with calamari, pad thai, and garlic-lover's tofu with sautéed garlic, black pepper, and thai seasoning. The menu also unfurls a long line of specialty sushi rolls that bundle up delicious sea fruits such as tempura shrimp, spicy crab, and yellowtail.
Morocco's Restaurant's chefs and owners have created a menu that embraces more than 200 years of Morocco's multicultural history. Boasting influences from across the Mediterranean Coast, the chefs craft dishes with flavors from countries as far away as India. Appetizers such as shrimp pil-pil or Moroccan-spiced roasted peppers simmer in zesty sauces, and entrees such as chicken kebabs, lamb and vegetable cous cous, and fresh fish filet all come covered in cilantro with sides of jasmine rice and vegetables.
However, food isn't the only tradition they brought from Morocco. The calendar of events features nightly live Moroccan music and belly dancing throughout the restaurant, and live acoustic guitar plays while servers freely pour the house sangria. Even blues music finds its place in the restaurant, with most songs inspired by a singer who dropped his kebab on the floor.
Casablanca Market brings its collection of leather ottomans, hand-painted tables, Berber pillows, intricate mirrors, Moroccan tea glasses and tagines as they arrive stateside straight from the hands of Moroccan artisans, many of whom learned their skills as a family tradition. Hand-painted chairs and hand-woven carpets enliven rooms with vibrant colors and boast unique designs, unlike template rugs sewn by unimaginative robots. Shoppers can further their knowledge of Moroccan culture by attending the shop's cooking classes, which feature traditional recipes and ingredients. The market follows fair-trade practices to ensure artisans receive good compensation for their work and have their pay in hand before their goods ship overseas.
Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have delighted tongues, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as a guide, customers can taste-test as many as they like, whether it's a classic flavor such as a scoop of rocky road in a cup ($2.39) or waffle cone ($3.18), or a seasonal offering such as Winter White Chocolate—white-chocolate ice cream loaded with chocolate-covered cherry pieces and a cherry ribbon. As the current flavor of the month, Winter Chocolate Marshmallow borrows the flavors of hot chocolate strewn with fluffy marshmallows and whipped cream.
Aromas of warm brie crowned with fruit chutney and garlic confit, braised lamb shank, and sautéed lemon garlic chili shrimp fill the air at B'zu Café. Servers deliver plates of Mediterranean fare during lunch and dinner, including traditional favorites such as falafel and herb-marinated chicken kebabs and twists on classic dishes such as Zucca's ravioli with butternut squash, lemon cream sauce, and dried cranberries. Behind the full bar, bartenders pour frosty brews, glasses of wine, and shake up cocktails to help train for Yahtzee tournaments.