At The Original Primo Pizza & Grill, chefs whirl handmade dough and whole, peeled tomatoes into a variety of thin-crust pizzas. While the menu includes classic standbys such as the hawaiian pizza, customers can also create their own perfect pies from toppings such as garlic, mushrooms, pepperoni, and sausage. What really shines through, however, is the restaurant’s large selection of specialty pies: buffalo-chicken pizza is topped with chicken and zesty buffalo sauce; Nutella pizza with brown and powdered sugar; and the American-style pizza gets topped with steak, peppers, onions, american cheese, and a pervasive dislike of the metric system.
While pizza dominates the menu, diners can also explore traditional Italian entrees, including dinner specialties such as chicken scampi, veal milanese, and spaghetti with clam sauce.
Pasquale’s Ristorante Italiano crafts house-made pastas, entrees, and decadent desserts for an elegant, old-world menu of Italian favorites. A clutch of pan-seared scallops and shrimp spill over an umami-laden porcini risotto ($20.95) like a gift from a mermaid secret admirer left on the shore, and boneless short ribs with a port-wine glaze recline on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes ($20.95). Light-as-air gnocchi hopscotch through bolognese sauce studded with mascarpone cheese squares ($13.95). A slice of Nonna’s cheesecake, finished with raspberry puree, puts a ricotta exclamation point at the end of savory meals. Homey floral arrangements and warm, golden walls meet sleek booths and a streamlined full bar in Pasquale's dining room, suiting moods ranging from casual to extravagant. Reservations are recommended.
Cooks at Angelina’s Ristorante whip up menus of traditional and innovative Italian cuisine, garnering high praise from Awe magazine, which calls the eatery “the best upscale restaurant on Staten Island.” Starters and salads tempt tongues with selections such as the vongole oreganata—baked little-neck clams— ($16), or the tre colori salad's mix of arugula, endives, and radicchio ($12) that does for taste buds what mobiles do for infants. Pasta dishes such as the spaghettini al pomodoro fresco ($16) present a palatable texture, and grilled Scottish salmon ($29) ratchets up healthy protein consumption. In the costoletta di vitello romagnola, a pounded, breaded veal chop sports a drizzle of balsamic dressing ($40), also known as the traditional accouterment culinary-school prom queens wear instead of tiaras. As they munch, diners may take in Angelina’s opulent, romantic décor—surrounded by crown molding and grand mosaics within its multistory mansion that boasts waterfront views.
You wouldn't exactly be wrong in calling the plates at Tottenville Tavern bar food, but there's more to the menu of burgers, fried snacks, and bar pies than first meets the eye. For instance, the fries are hand-cut, the pizzas are topped with clam or buffalo sauce, and the eggrolls are stuffed with the contents of an entire reuben sandwich. You can get the classics more or less straight-up, too. The house-made corned beef inside the eggrolls is also the star of its own sandwich, joining a slate of double-handers such as chipotle-barbecue pulled pork (called "outstanding" by the Staten Island Advance) and a half-dozen steak burgers. Guests can pair a thin-crust bar pie with one of several microbrews, available in bottles or served from eight draft selections, creating America's favorite combination after ketchup and everything.
The clientele is as diverse as the crowd-pleasing menu would suggest. A kids' menu and a tolerance for the word "why?" makes family gatherings easy, and occasional live music ranges from rock to harmonically precise covers of Hank Williams and the Louvin Brothers.
Since 1967, the Mandreucci Family has lured in diners with the scent of bubbly margherita pizzas, sopressata sandwiches on semolina bread, and chicken, sausage, and shrimp mingling with rich sauces on plates of pasta. Tan brick and colorful murals of wholesome Italian ingredients surround families and couples as they twirl linguini around their fork tines or munch on slices of vodka-penne pizza, a specialty pizza topped with vodka sauce and diced ham. During catered events, guests can avoid eye contact with an old lab partner by preoccupying themselves with fresh fruits, antipasti, penne pomodoro, lasagna, and veal.