After a quarter-century of pizza-smithing, the kitchen at Papa Toni's Pizza still crafts tasty pies out of freshly baked dough, creamy italian cheeses, and savory meats and sauces. Diners sink their teeth into specialty pies such as the all-meat Tutta Carne or the california spinach-covered Popeye, or take their cheese-covered fate into their own hands and create their own pie with 20 different toppings and a choice of flavored hammers to use on the pizza anvil. Classic pastas, subs, and calzones provide alternatives to a nonstop diet of pizza, while treats such as fresh, cherry-topped cannoli top off meals.
In her time abroad, Tomiko touched down in Taiwan, Turkey, and Korea, savoring the cuisines of each region and even delving into eats native to the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Thirteen years ago, she used her encyclopedic knowledge of world cuisine to found Tomiko Restaurant & Bar, an eatery that sits on a hilltop overlooking purple and pink ocean sunsets. The menu brings together diverse dishes that Tomiko sampled on her travels, from sushi netted via sustainable practices to Asian beef wraps tucked around Korean-style barbecue beef. Chefs add healthy touches to their signature dishes, including hormone-free meats, gluten-free rice, and soy sauce lighter than an astronaut's toothbrush. In the lounge area, exposed wooden beams come to a point overhead as diners sit at a horseshoe-shaped bar, topped with glasses of chilled sake, wine, and microbrew beers. DJ-spun beats prompt dancing or rhythmic sneezing every second Tuesday and last Thursday of the month.
The sandwiches, seafood, and meaty combo plates on Jamroc 101's menu are suffused with the tongue-twistingly complex island-nation's flavors, which came from African, European, Indian, and Chinese influences. Preheat your appetite with The Wicked Jamaican Patties, a signature Jamaican dish of flaky empanadas filled with either beef, curry chicken, or vegetarian callaloo and steamed vegetables ($2.75). Jerk combo-platter options ($12.99 for a big serving) include pork, barbeque pork, and quarter chicken served with fried plantains, festival bread (similar to hush puppies), and choice of two sides, such as sweet potato fries. The Oxtail combo plate ($14.99) is an exotically-tender meat cooked in a flavorful brown sauce with butter beans and spinners. Vegetarians pull steamed-veggie coils from the Dreads Rap ($6.99), a tortilla filled with rice and beans, steamed veggies, and plantains.
At Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana & Seafood, chef and author Gaetano Cicciotti and his staff of kitchen craftsmen wood-fire pizza crusts and sauté fresh seafood using original recipes. Like Pac-Man’s Italian relatives, diners chomp their way through morsels of tender pasta mixed with mouthwatering ingredients such as creamy tiger shrimp, homemade meatballs, sun-dried tomatoes, and a creamy gorgonzola pesto sauce. Noodle-free fare includes chicken, veal, and seafood, which arrives shrouded in white-wine sauce or cloaked in mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. In addition, an extensive wine list helps patrons match their meal with a vintage vino for a duo of flavors that’s more dynamic than a Bruce Willis and Mr. Peanut buddy-cop flick.