Like its name, Wagon Wheel Restaurant’s menu and interior pay homage to simpler times. Tiffany-style stained-glass lamps cast a golden glow over hearty cuts of filet mignon, stuffed chicken breasts, baby back ribs, and the other unimpeachably traditional American eats that fill out the comforting, honest menu. As they dine, guests can relax, allowing their eyes to wander over the deep oxblood walls hung here and there with photographs and paintings of pure natural landscapes, wagering with their tablemates whether the images are real places or pictures fished out of Bob Ross’s dream catcher. Across from the dining area, distressed wooden posts and dangling metal steins highlight the spacious, u-shaped bar. Occasionally, Wagon Wheel plays host to local bands that perform classic rock or the kind of simple folk tunes that require at least one band member to bang a washboard against a drum.
Pizzas at Big E's Pizza & Wings come in one size: a hefty 18 inches. Cooks pile each slice with medleys of vegetables and sausage, or inventive ingredients such as baked ziti and eggplant parmesan. They prepare the All American Pie by topping it with bacon, french fries, chopped hamburger, American cheese, and onion rings, as well as by keeping one hand over their hearts and a single tear in their eyes. They also whip up non-pizza-related items, including eggplant parmesan, italian subs, cheeseburgers, and wings drenched in one of six sauces.
They maintain a BYOB policy, allowing patrons to pair the drinks of their choices with their meals, and kitchen staffers keep their ovens burning until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday night.
For more than 40 years, the LaMorte family has regaled diners with mouthwatering Italian meals that spotlight richly sauced pastas, juicy steaks, and ocean-fresh seafood. The fully handicap-accessible space charms visitors with its art-peppered walls, coral accents, and varnished wood. The sun-drenched patio showcases a dark wood bar and a wood-fired brick pizza oven. The restaurant's catering services banquets of up to 500 guests or two narwhals with family-style Italian fare and hot or cold buffets.
From within the coal-fired oven at Dino's Cucina, a menu of gooey pizzas, seafood dishes, and Italian favorites emerges to sate sauce-seeking appetites. Diners select from Dino’s three specialty pies or perform pizza alchemy, combining such high-quality ingredients as italian sausage, kalamata olives, and prosciutto to create a custom dish or edible portrait of William Henry Harrison. House specialties tackle hunger pangs with an assortment of chicken, seafood, and eggplant entrees, and wrangle noodle noshers with traditional and whole-wheat pastas. Between bites, patrons sip beverages from Dino’s full bar, check scores on flat-screen TVs, and tune out from workday hassles—such as deadlines and overly affectionate office supplies—with live entertainment every weekend.
The secret that has brought the Centrella family its restaurant success is an easy one to remember: keep things simple. In 1958, Vincenzo and Barbara Centrella left Naples for New York and opened Presto's as a way to introduce their community to the fresh, simple, stripped-down cooking style of their Italian ancestors. Today, the couple's son John and his childhood friends carry out the family mission and welcome patrons to Presto's with a menu heavily populated by the eatery's two namesakes—including a baked-ziti pizza, which marries the two dishes in a state-sanctioned ceremony involving a flaky pie, saucy penne, and two kinds of cheese.
A whimsical sculpture of chefs tossing a 3-D pie sits above Old Tappan Pizza's range and pizza ovens, which bake its signature Rothlisberger pie, topped with sausage, cheesesteak, lettuce, tomato, and a secret-recipe dressing. The pizza factory also prepares ready-to-go slices, and a pasta station lets customers top linguini, rigatoni, and other noodles with tomato sauce and garlic. From the café's green-checkered tables, one can dine while keeping an eye on the large wall-mounted television, ideal for watching the big game or an Azerbaijani reality show.