The creation of a pizza is a thing of beauty. Raw dough crisps into a chewy crust, and shreds of mozzarella cheese melt into rich tomato sauce. That tasty transformation has been happening at Anthony's Italian Pizza every day for 48 years. Pizza isn't the only specialty; the eatery's cooks also layer meats onto hoagies and prepare traditional Italian-style entrees such as veal parmigiana. The restaurant's ambiance is warm and comforting, just like its food. Servers pair meals with a roster of beers and wines—some imported from Italy.
At Flames 231, you might find owner Danny Taormina and his brother, Joe, stoking the fire of the wood-burning oven or assembling the delicate parts of a tiramisu. Housed in a rehabbed industrial space, the dining room features large windows and exposed brick that create a stylish environment for enjoying authentic, fresh-from-the-oven pizzas. Made in the style of Sicilian pies, the thin, airy crust is topped with fresh mozzarella, Italian meats, and secret messages written in sauce. Other Italian favorites on the menu include pasta bolognese and paninis stacked with fire-roasted chicken breast.
Long before she became the owner and executive chef at Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar, Michelle Williams cut her teeth in the restaurant industry as a hostess and a cocktail waitress. Ambitious from the start, Williams soon finished a rigorous chef apprenticeship program, became a sous chef, and learned to cut onions so expertly that everyone nearby would weep tears of joy. Today as a founding member of the Richmond Restaurant Group, she oversees a slew of unique local eateries.
At Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar, Williams and her cooking staff blend dozens of Spanish tapas with classic Italian pastas and seafood. The restaurant's signature paella mixes scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, and fish to harmonious ends, and the meat paella alters the classic recipe, replacing seafood with chicken, chorizo, and lamb sausage. More than 50 bottles of European and American wine—as well as housemade sangria—complement the dishes.
Overlooking the James River, Sensi delights the senses, serving modern Italian fare in a lush and luxurious atmosphere. Modern artwork decorates the warm walls of the chophouse, and comfortable, elegant plush chairs surround red-clothed tables so they can’t escape. The menu features a variety of fragrant appetizers, salads, pastas, and entrees to enchant taste buds and stomach branches. The warm and dimly lit round bar showcases an ample selection of specialty cocktails, beers, and other lust-worthy libations.
The chefs in the kitchen at Sapori craft both Italian dishes of pasta and chicken parmigiana with Latin classics such as sweet plantains. They craft each dish to order including empanadas stuffed with beef and ceviche cooked in natural lemon juice with ginger, red onions, and Spanish spices.