Drivers leaving Famous Pizza Express wait for their cars to fill with aromatic steam that hints at the contents of warm boxes. The vapors suggest pastas, calzones, and pizzas crowned with toppings including breaded chicken, meatballs, broccoli, and fresh garlic. Massive trays of chicken parmigiana and gnocchi are ideal for feeding partygoers or convincing an IRS auditor that you really do have 11 dependent Italian grandmothers.
Replicating the boisterous atmosphere and hearty repasts of traditional Italian hearths, Patricia's of Tremont piles plates with familial favorites from the pages of the multifaceted menu. Patricia's dough decathletes pound out a personalized dinner discus from an array of pizza possibilities, with entries including the Patricia, an eponymous, olive and asparagus-laden pie ($9.75–$18), gas-cooked or wood-fired to diner specifications.
Giovanni’s Restaurant unites pasta lovers and seafood seekers with a menu replete with thoroughly hearty, old-school Italian fare. Start with an order of clams marinara ($8.95 for six), or go with its cousin, fried calamari ($11.95), the only sea creature born with a delicious, protective shell of golden batter. Main events include Italian specialties such as eggplant parmigiana ($13.95) or sausage and peppers ($13.95), both of which are served alongside salad, pasta, or rice. Green-tongued eaters can grab a sesame-crusted tuna salad, which, like a runway model showing off a perishable fashion line, arrives toting baby spinach and dressed in citrus vinaigrette ($13.95). Polish off the palate party with an espresso ($2.50) and a selection from the dessert menu, such as miniature cannoli, which come in orders of three and sized just right for sweet-toothed secret agents ($4.95).