Taylor Street Pizza dishes out succulent Italian-American fare in a family-friendly sports-bar atmosphere. Gather friends to watch a football game or an emotional rerun of the Airwolf finale while noshing on a bouquet of crusty breadsticks or a platter of spicy or barbecue chicken wings. A large handmade pizza arrives doused in Taylor Street's signature tomato sauce and festooned with two toppings, including options such as canadian bacon, anchovies, eggplant, and giardiniera. Sips of fizzy, refreshing soda clear palates and extinguish spicy mouth fires. Diners can indulge in their delicious bounty in a Taylor Street Pizza dining room, carry their meals home, or request for it to be delivered to the inflatable ballpit of their choosing.
Sarpino's taste-makers deliver both traditional favorites and internationally inspired twists on classic Italian fare, such as pizzas, pasta, and calzones. The New York deli slices up five kinds of meat to bulk up a pie strewn with mozzarella, whereas the Greek pizza ruminates over feta, fresh tomatoes, and black olives ($19.99 each for a large). The BLT pizza bakes in layers of mayonnaise, smoked bacon, and mozzarella before bursting from the oven on a jetpack to be sprinkled with fresh lettuce and tomatoes ($19.99 for a large). Envelop cravings in a calzone, such as the vegetarian pesto packed with black olives, peppers, mushrooms, and a pesto sauce, or build your own with a special cheese-blend foundation to support up to three custom fixtures ($6.99 each). The expansive menu closes out with heaps of pasta, wings, salads, and desserts, which can be used to distract fellow diners while stashing pizza for pepperoni-loving vacuum cleaners.
Gas lanterns and flat-screen TVs illuminate the wood tables in Charlie Fox's newly renovated dining room, where hearty Italian treats greet diners with piping-hot howdyados. Pizza toppings of ground Angus beef, black olives, spinach, crumbled blue cheese, and more rest warmly atop a variety of dough styles, including thin crust ($9.95+), double dough ($11.45+), pan ($12.95+), and stuffed ($14.45+). The pizzeria's pasta specialties come smothered in homemade red or vodka sauce and include baked and bubbling mostaccioli ($8.95) and eggplant parmigiana ($10.95). Fork-frightened patrons can steady quaking fingers on a creative sandwich such as the pizza burger ($6.99), while those spoon-smitten can whittle a ladle out of an appetizer of cheesy bread ($3.99).
Nuova Italia's chefs take influences and recipes from the northern and southern regions of Italy to fill plates with wood-fire pizzas and helpings of handmade pasta. After looking through the menu, dig into the insalata capricciosa, which intermixes greens, black olives, artichokes, and gorgonzola cheese ($7.95). The gnocchi della casa ($13.95) unites potato-dumpling soldiers in matching uniforms of house-made marinara before infiltrating tummies to beat back hunger insurgencies. Buffalo mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto, and shaved parmesan perch on the pizza Nuova Italia ($15) as it emerges from Nuova's wood-burning oven. For dessert, plunge sweet teeth into a piece of chocolate flourless cake ($5.95) or lap up mouthfuls of gelato, in vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut or limone flavorings ($4.95+). On some nights, live music floats through the air, scoring meals like a sousaphone scores a clown walking down the street.
Executive Chef Richard Mancini—formerly the executive chef of Gibsons Steakhouse—oversees a menu of delectably stacked dough discs and hearty Mediterranean fare. Ambitious epicureans can strip a kebob skewer of savory chicken parmesan ($7) before tooth-slaying the artichoke-hearted minotaurs and olive-eyed gorgons of the feta-cheesed mediterranean pizza ($23). Lego lovers can transfer their skills to the dinner table by building their own pasta dish or pizza, piling eclectic toppings ($1.75–$2.50) atop an array of crusts, including honey thin ($12–$19), pan ($13–$21), and stuffed ($17–$22). Veggie-laden soups and salads round out full-fledged feasts, while a children's menu caters to mini mouths and 8-inch nostrils with options such as mac 'n' cheese and 8-inch pizzas (both $5, including beverage).
Fresh D'Lite focuses on fresh, speedily prepared meals—all of which contain fewer than 500 calories—and it prominently displays all nutrition information on its menu and website. Treat tongues to a treasure trove of fresh dishes ($6.29-7.29) from across the globe, such as the sesame-chicken salad with crispy wontons and edamame or the tomato-basil chicken salad with Mediterranean fixings and herb vinaigrette. The chipotle-chicken panini stacks tomatoes, red onions, avocado, and pepper-jack cheese atop herbed chicken, and a steak 'n' potato wrap reveals fresh, grilled sirloin in a passionate embrace with sautéed vegetables, roasted potatoes, cheese, and Fabio. Sip an iced tea or fountain drink (both $1.69) in the eatery's upbeat, casual interior before sinking sweet teeth into a guilt-free dessert ($1.99), available in 100-calorie, low-fat, and immortality-giving options.