Along the scenic River Road between New Hope and Washington Crossing lies a lushly landscaped yellow house with puffs of smoke spiraling from its chimney. Though ordinary in appearance, a peek through the large windows reveals large Italian feasts of fresh mozzarella, seafood, and pastas prepared by the house chef, Francisco Argueta. Servers bustle about with platters of the chef?s signature dish?linguine al frutti di mare fradiavolo with shrimp, scallops, and mussels in white wine and red sauce?careful not to knock over towers of Francisco's lasagna with thick layers of pasta, ricotta, porcini mushrooms, and smoked bacon. Diners seated under the timber-beamed ceilings of intimate dining areas sip sodas, sparkling mineral water, and cappuccinos by the flickering warmth of a fireplace. Francisco's on the River?s BYOB policy allows diners to tote in their own libations, such as a favorite bottle of wine or a vintage carton of milk.
Chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi, eggplant parmesan. More than 30 housemade pasta dishes emerge from the kitchen every night at Piccolo Trattoria of Newtown. Chefs scatter pistachio nuts and goat cheese into fettuccine, smother penne with baby shrimp and pesto cream sauce, and cover fusilli with oyster and shiitake mushrooms.
Earlier in the day, however, these recipes take on a different form: they become pizzas. During lunch, chefs whip up more than 20 gourmet pies, crowning them with classic pasta ingredients alongside non-Italian flavors such as taco and cheesesteak fixings. Besides tossing noodles and flinging dough, the BYOB eatery's chefs cook salmon in a port wine reduction and sauté veal with figs and mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce.
Since its founding on Cinco de Mayo, 1989, El Taco Loco has sought to transport the flavors of a California taqueria to the East Coast without the help of preservatives, fillers, artificial flavoring, or lard. Along with classic fajitas, enchiladas, and carne-asada burritos, the extensive menu tweaks tradition with offerings such as the Mexican BLT taco and french fries with a piquant house spice blend, all of which can take on extra heat at the complimentary salsa bar. In the summer, sidewalk flower boxes beckon guests into El Taco Loco's storefront, designed to resemble a beach hut complete with grass roof and vacationing starfish.
Using traditional Mediterranean and Indian culinary techniques, Cumin Cafe’s chefs infuse dishes with piquant, rich flavors. Bits of beef or lamb shank simmer alongside spices and vegetables in a clay pot in Mediterranean tajine stews; Greek spanakopita layers spinach and feta cheese between a flaky pastry crust. Chefs add a splash of rose water to prawns flavored with ground spices in golden korma curry, and use tandoori-style ovens to cook chili naan, making a perfect scoop for goat biryani rice dishes or a heating pad for diners’ sore shoulders.
Using original family recipes that have been passed down through four generations, Cafe Europa’s sauce slingers make handcrafted thick sicilian and crispy brick-oven pizzas to create an authentic Italian vibe. Gourmet pizza toppings include shrimp, chopped clams, and rigatoni, and thinly sliced prosciutto and meatball parmigiana headline the café’s sandwich menu. To feed hungry late-night customers and ghosts who can’t sleep, the restaurant stays open until midnight seven days a week.
Tortuga's Cocina keeps belly bearings delectably lubricated with an expansive menu of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and more. Dull appetites can be sharpened to deadly keenness with starters such as the guacamole dip ($9 for lunch, $10 for dinner) or the nachos supreme, layered with refried beans, ground beef, melted cheese, jalapeños, and sour cream ($12). With their bellies properly primed, diners can dig into house specials such as the chipotle shrimp, ($18), or the pollo mole, a boneless chicken breast marinated in chilis and slathered with a cocoa-based mole sauce ($16).