Bella's Ristorante’s rustic stone exterior, rippling Italian flag, and trio of gables lure guests inside, where they’re greeted by the savory aromas of classic italian marinara and lemon-butter white-wine sauce. These blanket giant portions of new zealand clams and shrimp, chicken and veal, and gluten-free options. While enduring favorites such as personal pizzas loaded with portobello mushrooms, ricotta, and calamari are always on the menu, rotating specials such as ravioli plump with goat cheese prevent dinners from getting too predictable, unlike waiters who never tell you the specials via charades.
The restaurant’s decor transports diners to Italy with murals of boats rowing along aquamarine canals, Roman arches, and plaster chipped away to reveal brick underneath. Guests lounge in black leather chairs or booths as they lick their plates clean.
Each season grants guests a new excuse to visit Ort Farms, which has been the pride and joy of the Ort family since 1916. Each fall, the family designs a giant 8-acre corn maze, which serves as the centerpiece for the annual Fall Festival, which welcomes guests to visit farm animals, climb a giant hay pyramid, and board a hayride to the pumpkin patch. On weekend, visitors can enjoy rides on ponies, trains, and monster trucks. Winter brings holiday decorations, such as douglas firs and wreaths, and spring blossoms to life as pots of geraniums, annuals, and marigolds spring up inside the farm's five greenhouses. And as the sun dons its giant summer bathing suit, the Orts arrive at local farmers’ markets bearing fresh lettuce, colorful peppers, and other seasonal produce.
Locals can also participate in Ort Farms' share club, which connects consumers and farmers without forcing them to share a studio apartment. Each week during the harvest season, the farmers pick a certain amount of locally grown produce for each individual or family participating in the CSA program.
Each fall, Apple Ridge Orchards opens its gates and welcomes the public to traverse a farm filled with tree-ripened fruit and old-fashioned amusements. In the orchard, visitors pluck from 15 types of apple trees. Tractors pull families and groups on hayrides, traveling to the pumpkin patch where they can pick a gourd worthy of a homemade pie or a carving of Susan Sarandon's face. For fuzzier amusement, kids can pet Apple Ridge’s family of friendly farm animals, or observe honeybees in a glass observation hive.
Stony Hill Farms traces its origins a generation back, to when owner Carol Davis's parents bought an idyllic 40-acre plot of New Jersey farmland. Where Carol spent her childhood milking cows, customers now wander through 18,000 square feet of greenhouses and stroll past garden benches laden with ornamental plants and flowers. Carol, her husband Dale, and their children carry on the family tradition of horticulture, helping clients select a rare, treasured orchid to decorate their home, or obtain a Community-Supported Agriculture membership to fill their pantries with local, seasonal produce. Families can also bond with a wealth of fun activities, such as winding through five different mazes in the fun park.
Throughout the year, The Wright Family Farm stays busy. In the spring and summer, fresh fruit and vegetables from the seasons-long harvest is sold at their farm stand. During the fall, the farm welcomes families for a variety of activities, including pumpkin picking, hayrides, and adventures through the intricately cut corn maze. Once winter comes, the farm is a destination for picking the perfect Christmas tree, with three varieties of fresh-cut trees available alongside wreaths and garlands.
A&A Fine Foods, which first opened its doors in 1992, helps customers line their pantry shelves or banquet tables with gourmet comestibles the likes of meat, bread, cookies, olive oil, cheese, and pasta. Behind gleaming display cases of hormone-free chicken and Boar's Head meats, A&A's butchers prepare homemade italian sausage and slice marbled cuts of grass-fed beef with the steady hands of a brain surgeon playing Jenga. The deli's staff can accommodate lunchtime cravings or catering requests by ladling bowls of house-made soups out of its percolating cauldrons and crafting hearty sandwiches or wraps with such ingredients as grilled eggplant and imported provolone.