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.
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.
Helmed by Vinny and Antonio Mannino, Mannino’s Family Restaurant offers diners the simple pleasures of Italian cuisine prepared by experienced chefs. Pizza-making pros toss doughy discs to craft more than 25 Sicilian and gourmet pies, topped with the likes of steak, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Veal nine ways includes classic preparations of piccata and marsala, stuffed pastas are filled with manicotti and meat confetti, and a kids’ menu is home to swirl-able plates piled with spaghetti and meatballs
Rick DeLorenzo Jr.'s family inheritance is more than just a recipe for thin-crust pizza—it's a tradition of hard work and dedication. After emigrating from a small Italian town called San Fele, his grandparents settled in a row home on Hudson Street in Trenton. They raised 12 children there, all of whom became well-versed in the application of elbow grease. Circa 1938, DeLorenzo's uncle Joe opened the first family pizzeria at the corner of Hudson and Mott Streets. Four of the older brothers formulated the signature Trenton tomato-pie recipe—a supercrispy thin crust topped with garden-fresh california tomatoes and wisconsin cheese—and passed it on to four younger brothers, including DeLorenzo's father. Today, the pizzaiolo duties are carried on by DeLorenzo and his children, Michael, Melissa, and Maria.
The menu at DeLorenzo's Pizza has earned high praise in several newspaper articles and a spot on Dash’s list of America's best slices. After enjoying a tomato pie, Rich Defabritus of the Slice food blog said, "The balance struck between the sauce and cheese is about as close to perfection as you could get." Wood-paneled walls and old-timey memorabilia give the restaurant a nostalgic, throwback vibe, similar to the pizza parlor where Frank Sinatra first read a menu with his famously blue-tinted contact lenses.