Named for chef Mario Sanfilippo's native Italian town, Porticello Ristorante showcases authentic Italian dishes prepared from traditional recipes. Couples share appetizers such as cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto di parma, a bite that is both sweet and salty like a lollipop's tears. Entrees include the mozzarella-topped veal saltimbocca with mushrooms and sage and the grilled swordfish with hints of lemon, basil, and garlic. Among pastas, gnocchi sorrentino incorporates fresh tomatoes and marinara, and pasta norma dresses penne with fresh basil, plum tomatoes, and caper cufflinks. For dessert, chantilly cream softens flaky pastry dough and diffuses the tart zing of wild berries to create frutti di bosco. Alternatively, spumoni layers cherry, pistachio, and chocolate ice cream to commemorate the flavors of the Italian flag.
A tucked-away, self-professed "hole in the wall," Bondo's Dining & Takeout is the brainchild of Bondo Benjamin and his partner Sheila Hart, who source ingredients from local farms and the garden behind the restaurant. These ultra-fresh components are integrated into a menu of upscale American dishes such as a 10 oz. sirloin with wild mushroom sangiovese reduction, or pappardelle pasta tossed with sweet roasted pepper puree, fontina, cream, lobster, and romano cheese. A well-curated wine list includes many reds and whites by the glass or bottle.
The dedicated chefs at Cafe Eleganza churn out classic Italian cuisine using high-quality, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. An extensive dinner menu fills bellowing bellies with hearty delicacies such as handmade lobster ravioli, crammed with meaty morsels of native lobster and drizzled with a velvety lobster cream sauce ($15.99). Or, indulge in the timeless taste of the other, other white meat by ordering the Frangelico-cream-kissed medley of penne, chicken, toasted walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and snow peas known only as Amanda ($13.99–$16.99). Customers can crunch into one of four crispy bruschetta options ($8.99–$9.99), which amalgamate colorful toppings including eggplant, roasted peppers, and gorgonzola into one dish easily held by the hands or feet, or skip straight to sliceable sustenance with a wood-fired-brick-oven pizza ($8.99+) available with a plain or whole-wheat crust and a compilation of classically compatible flavors such as apple, gorgonzola, and bacon ($11.99–$15.99) or tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil ($10.99–$14.99).
Serving fresh and speedy pizza across America since 1959, Little Caesar's has grown into a huge, international carryout phenomenon. The menu features pizzas with dough built from scratch that are made to order ($5.99 for a large one-topping). Toppings range from classic pepperoni and sausage to Canadian bacon and pineapple. Return as the conquering hero of your family and save your twins the trouble of hunting down bipedal mastodons by picking up one of Little Caesar's Hot-n-Ready pies ($5.99). Hot-n-Ready pizzas are available in pepperoni or cheese, and can be picked up any time without the need to order ahead. Fans of three-dimensional eats can try the Italian cheese bread combo ($4.99 including sauce) or chicken wings ($4.99) with a variety of sauces.
Italy possesses a rich culinary culture, and the chefs at LaStoria Trattoria honor the old-country recipes of Sicily, Rome, and Venice. With an arsenal of imported olive oils, truffle oils, and balsamic vinegars, they whip up classic dishes such as chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, and veal piccata. Their specialty pastas, meanwhile, incorporate more unorthodox ingredients such as littleneck clams, pink sauce, and toasted crumbs. A brick wood oven bakes an octet of pizzas, which guests can use to teach rudimentary geometry to one another.
Nana's Krispy Krunchy Chicken & Pizza may be found in Boston, but its recipes were culled from regions much farther south. An entire section of the menu is devoted to fried chicken and biscuits?guests can order white meat, dark meat, or a mix of the two?and other sections include Cajun-style fish and chicken. The selection of gourmet pizzas draws from other areas of the country, as they're served in Hawaiian and buffalo chicken varieties.