The kitchen at Ecco Domani Italian Restaurant is a bustling and colorful place where flames dance up from fiery brick ovens and saucepans simmer with carefully calibrated sauces. Expert chefs prepare veal, chicken, and seafood dishes served with penne, linguini, and angel hair pasta. Crunchy sandwich rolls are layered with meatballs, sausage, and cheesy steak, and the ovens bake up hearty calzones and pizzas. To whip up their specialty chicken sorrentino, chefs egg-batter tender chicken and sauté in a white-wine sauce before topping with sliced ham, eggplant, tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh mozzarella. There’s also a special menu of kid-friendly dishes, such as chicken fingers and pizzas with theme-park passes baked right into the crust. The restaurant’s sunny dining room is decorated with vivid paintings of rustic Italian landscapes.
Diners at Sal’s Pizza Randa know they’re getting made-to-order, hand-tossed pizzas because they can watch chefs throw each round of dough before sliding the pies into a fiery oven. In 2002, Salvatore “Sal” Marsala took over the business that had been open since 1973 and runs the establishment as he would his family kitchen, often making the pizzas himself. In addition to hand-tossed and stuffed pizzas, the staff prepares classic pastas in tomato- or cream-based sauces as well as hot subs served on 12-inch rolls. Although Sal’s doesn’t serve alcohol, customers may bring their own beer, wine, or moonshine-colored beverages to enjoy with dinner.
Hailing from Sicily and Italy’s Reggio Calabria province, the Caricari family relies on time-tested recipes and skilled cooks at its two Feasta Italia restaurants. The eatery is known for its handcrafted pizzas, as chefs create every pie to order. Hand-tossed crust and fresh, never frozen ingredients highlight every pizza. Zesty toppings include black olives, ham, and meatballs. Feasta Italia’s menu rounds out with pasta dishes and other entrees, such as veal parmigiana and seafood marinara.
The culinary wizards at Mi Piace craft hearty and flavorful Italian dishes from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Meals commence with one of several curtain-raising appetizers, such as the baked clams, which are grouped in plates of six ($6) or by the delightful dozen ($12). A roster of eight pasta dishes ($10–$14) tempts diners with an array of sauces; various sea and land meats can make bowl-topping appearances for an additional $3. Balsamic vinegar and capers adorn the sautéed breast of the chicken cacciatore ($16), buffeted by black olives, onions, and extraneous syllables. Bread-bolstered offerings, such as the provolone- and red-pepper-laden prosciutto panini ($6.50), please patrons who crave carbs but are loathe to stack pasta between napkins, and a list of 13 pizzas ($9.50+) keep the handheld dining going strong. Dining adventures can conclude with an espresso-rich slice of tiramisu ($4) or an envious glance at a neighbor’s plate.
At Penn Pizza Restaurant, Chef Phillip has designed a menu that incorporates fresh-baked pizzas, stromboli, pastas, and juicy burgers. Pies emerge from the oven topped with a choice of 20 toppings that include pepperoni, meatballs, bacon, ham, and pineapples. More than 30 pasta dishes include fettuccini alfredo, ravioli a la vodka, veal parmigiana, and stuffed shells.