Located in an Erie landmark eatery, la bella entices appetites with an extensive menu of homemade dishes served in a casual setting. Wanting to look perfect for its big dinner plate, the curly-leaf spinach takes a quick dip into the deep fryer ($6), while the sweet italian sausage prefers a long, hot bath in a sweet-and-sour poached-fig-and-date sauce ($8). Patrons looking for traditional Italian specialties find the ragu bolognese ($15) leading a roster of palate-pleasing pastas, as the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($25) and honey-jalapeño ahi tuna ($18) flaunt their flavors elsewhere on the menu. A nearby plant hatchery supplies the key component for vegetarian classics such as the eggplant parmesan ($18) and the eggplant veracruz ($17). Gluten-free guidelines help diners discern diet-friendly dishes such as the bittersweet chocolate-apricot cake ($8).
From the corner-shop comforts of their neighborhood haunt, the equatorial epicureans at Rosa's Legacy dish up a heritage-honoring host of toothsome Dominican
dishes. Flanked by a battalion of strategic sides, including hearty rice and beans and fried plantains, entrees such as the camarones a la creola (shrimp creole) ($14.95) and asopao de pollo (chicken soupy rice) ($14.95) wage a winning war against hunger and jerky chickens from neighboring islands. Let the robust taste of traditional rabo guisado (oxtail) ($11.95) whisk you away to the sweltering tropics where you can reach for [a quenching assist from traditional Caribbean coolers, including fruity tamarindo, creamy citrus Morir Soñando, or parcha juice–a passion-fruit nectar that will render you irresistible to passing pineapples ($2+).
Anchored by its fresh-baked dough made from scratch from an old family recipe, Papa Joe's pizzas conquer hunger with their formidably large size and plethora of toppings options. Crusts can be rolled thick or thin, then topped with a traditional red sauce, pink sauce, spicy ranchero, or garlic and oil. Carnivorous cravers might opt for meaty toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, bacon, or chicken, and herbivorous appetites will pine for layers of spinach, mushrooms, or jalapeño peppers resting on a mozzarella bed. This Groupon is good for carry-out and dine-in, though those looking to enjoy a relaxing meal in Papa Joe's casual dining area can also take advantage of the free WiFi, ideal for quickly settling heated dinner debates over whether New Delhi is the capital of India or Indiana.
Although Lavery Brewing Company is relatively small on the brewery scale, it makes big, flavorful beers in small batches that are carefully handcrafted by its brewers. Founded by husband-and-wife team Jason and Nicole Lavery back in 2009, the 10-barrel brewery takes pride in the attention to detail that such a small operation not only allows for but demands. In addition to a roster of seasonal beers, the lineup of brews available year-round includes two IPAs, an imperial red ale, and a black saison.
Vermont Tavern silences boisterous stomachs with platters laden with hearty pub grub. Lubricate rusty jaw hinges with starters such as sausage-stuffed poblano peppers, a gardeny basket filled with mildly spiced italian sausage and topped with homemade marinara and shredded parmesan cheese ($8.50). Main events such as the Ox Roast sandwich, a kaiser roll loaded with slow-roasted beef ($7.95), satisfy meaty cravings, and comforting helpings of V.T. mac 'n' cheese snuggle tongues in a bed of pasta, marinated chicken, and creamy sauce ($11.95). Circle-savoring patrons may sample the Margaretta Villa pizza, which tops hand-flung dough with fresh basil pesto sauce, roasted roma tomatoes, and fresh buffalo mozzarella, quenching appetites and doubling as a disk in the event of an impromptu ultimate Frisbee match ($9.95). In addition to satisfying eats, Vermont Tavern acts as a conductor for an electric atmosphere, hosting live music and energetic events.