Diners seated in what used to be the Frasinetti's east cellar sate themselves on handcrafted Italian lunch and dinner dishes, surrounded by huge vats evoking the 112-year-old winery’s storied past. Dinners commence with starters such as crostini slathered in grilled brie and red-pepper chutney ($10) or steamed clams in white-wine sauce ($9). Next, certified non-android servers bring out entrees such as seafood manicotti, a mix of salmon, scallops, and crab packed in pasta ($15). Pine-nut-gorgonzola butter adds a zesty twist to the 12-ounce center-cut prime rib ($25), and the regal Atlantic salmon rests on a bed of mushroom risotto ($19), like an eccentric rice baron.
Jamaica's cuisine demonstrates the melange of cultures and ethnicities that has helped influence and define the island nation's identity for generations. At Taste of Jamaica, chef Noel Scarlett allows all of these influences to collectively shine throughout the menu of Caribbean home cooking. Jerk chicken, goat curry, and ackee and salt fish highlight some of the island's notable dishes, and the chefs use halal-certified meats whenever possible. At the same time, the menu features vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options.
Seated under banners displaying the colors of Mexico's flag, diners at Pepe's Taqueria dig into authentic dishes such as homemade tamales, lengua tacos, and carnitas tostadas. A salsa bar with three different offerings allows guests to decide the spice level of their dish, such as mild or Donny Osmond hot. Sombreros and colorful wall hangings surround guests as they sip on bottled beers, Mexican sodas, and horchata.
For the folks at Bisla's, any occasion is liable to ignite a party. The sports bar trots out drink specials for the usual stuff—the NBA draft, UFC championships, and the MLB All-Star game; but even the with nonstop, wall-to-wall sports coverage on their flat screens, the staff can't help themselves from dreaming up new causes for celebration. On a given night, patrons are likely to walk into live music, or partake in the ever-popular College Night, in which revelers relive their undergrad days by reading silently at the bar. Wednesdays give patrons the opportunity to soak in country music.
On the off chance Bisla's isn't crackling with the kinetic energy of revelry, the staff makes up for it with a salvo of happy-hour specials. Mondays bring dollar tacos, Tuesdays bring 50-cent wings, and Thursdays bring sliders for a dollar. Every other day of the week, the cooks keep busy plating classic bar food, such as half-pound Angus burgers. Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m.
At Elk Grove Sports Bar & Grill, classic American pub grub takes center stage, but live entertainers try to steal the spotlight nearly every night. Diners can groove to live blues music while noshing on half-pound burgers and chili-cheese fries, or they can down pastrami sandwiches and cobb salads while catching the big game on TV. On the weekend, early risers dig into creative breakfast dishes such as pork chop omelets, and night owls feast their eyes on standup comedians and karaoke performers.
At La Riviera Family Pizza, chefs slather homemade sourdough crust with marinara, artichoke, or pesto sauce before piling on toppings such as whole-milk mozzarella cheese, salami, and sundried tomatoes. Gourmet toppings also fill calzones, which ooze with a blend of melted mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta cheeses. Other Italian specialties include homemade pasta dishes such as lasagna and ravioli and sandwiches such as meatball subs and roast beef au jus.