Old family recipes form the foundation for many of the classic Italian dishes served at Rig A' Tony's Italian Take-out. The restaurant’s chefs craft fresh pastas to order, then sauté them with a variety of ingredients, such as broccoli and chicken, eggplant, and seafood. When forging their customizable pizzas, they begin with fresh dough, then hand-toss it and top it with pecorino cheese and whole-milk mozzarella before placing it in an oven and drizzling it lightly with olive oil. Most dishes are available in individual or family portions, and can be served in the restaurant or, like tax forms, toted home in their frozen form and baked.
Slow food is the opposite of fast food in more ways than just the speed at which it comes out of the kitchen. In fact, it’s the great care given to chopping each fresh ingredient and cooking it as soon as it’s ordered that rewards guests deep in pre-dinner conversation with meticulously prepared meals. Now under new management, the chefs at Buono Panini craft their menu of fresh Italian comfort fare with gourmet touches amid the dining room’s muted light, ivory linens, and cheery colors. Diners may savor the likes of pesto-laced shrimp risotto and veal saltimbocca or crunch through a signature panini during lunch. Whether dropping in for a sit-down dinner or a private party, meals here make for outings that leave bellies full and dinner napkins worthy of bronzing for the memories.
900 Degrees is a name that comes from the heart, honoring the temperature within the restaurant's smoldering brick oven that awaits specialty Neapolitan pizzas at the center of the kitchen. A crispy circle of homemade dough serves as the foundation of each pie, crafted with flour harvested by the Caputo family at their farm in Naples. The 900 Degrees pizza sauce also borrows authentic Neapolitan flavors from San Marzano tomatoes, which are hand-milled and imported from their growing place at the base of Mount Vesuvius. With the dough and sauce in place, chefs create an edible pedestal for fresh ingredients from New Hampshire's local growers. Signature creations include the Tuscan Sun pizza with artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes, as well as Pepe's pizza, which arrives laden with sliced tomatoes, red onions, mushrooms, and olives. 900 Degrees also offers a full selection of salads, sandwiches, and desserts to pair with its selection of melodies milked from the free-range instruments of local musicians.
Owner of Nicholas Seafood and Grille Marcia O'Brien carries on a five-generation New England tradition of delivering a menu of fresh-fish delicacies to harborside diners. Starters include Pino's popcorn shrimp, freshly popped from conch-shell kernels and attended by a pool of spicy mayo, as well as steamed P.E.I. mussels simmering in a jacuzzi of white wine, garlic, and butter. Shrimp, scallops, and lobster nestle beneath a buttery blanket of house-made breadcrumbs in the seafood casserole, and Nick's mixed dinner combines sweet italian sausage, steak tips, and honey-bourbon-marinated turkey tips. Baked haddock and grilled Atlantic salmon round out the pescetarian plethora, and steak-lovers can tuck into a slab of prime rib rubbed with sweet and savory spices and paired with rosemary-shallot butter. The regularly rotating dessert menu spins a sweet roulette wheel of fresh pie and cake baked each day.
At Fratello’s, a wood-fired brick oven bakes bubbles into pizza dough as chefs sauté shrimp with fresh garlic, butter, and white wine. Aside from serving nine varietals of pizza, the 16,000-square-foot restaurant stays busy cooking up the hearty sandwiches, pasta dishes, and antipasto that fill their menu of casual Italian eats. Connected to the restaurant is an event facility, where Fratello’s caters events such as weddings, holiday parties, and baby’s-first-burp celebrations.
Tuscan–style archway murals surround the tables at Cucina Toscana, where authentic Italian seafood, pasta, and steak dishes showcase the delicate flavors of scratch-made sauces. Chefs craft sausages and meatballs in-house before tempting eyes and noses with herbs artfully sprinkled atop into stunning portraits of Rembrandt. Each dish is carefully prepared and chefs are flexible with substitutions involving orders, displaying the freshness of ingredients such as prosciutto, stuffed clams, buffalo mozzarella, and garden veggies. Cucina Toscana also caters platters to feed hungry partiers and provide posters of donkeys with edible pasta tails to be pinned.