At Fratelli Ristorante & Pizzeria, heaping plates of ravioli and chicken marsala fill the dining room with the aroma of rich sauces, proudly flaunting their Tuscan roots. Entrees such as veal parmigiana and shrimp scampi share menu space with pan and New York–style pies that beckon mouths with sun-dried tomatoes and slices of pepperoni, which can double as monocles for fancy dinner dates. Decadent bites pair with sips from the extensive wine menu, which showcases libations from countries ranging from Italy and Argentina to Germany and the United States.
At Cloud 9 Martini & Tapas Bar, conversation passes between friends alongside tastes of 45 cold, sweet, or bitter martinis and 18 shareable tapas plates. A blue-lit, martini-shaped bar acts as a stage for mixologists’ concoctions to enthrall eyes and tongues with fruity, chocolaty, and gentlemanly flavors. The Baxterini’s classic recipe of Beefeater gin, vermouth, and olive juice gains approving nods from traditionalists, whereas the Smores replicates a summer treat—complete with flaming marshmallow—without the hassles of camping or starting a bonfire on your kitchen table. To expand a martini-centric evening, Cloud 9 also serves up handmade Chimay beer as well as SweetWater and Turbodog craft brews.
Around the rest of the lounge, sofas and chairs stacked with pillows serve as a convivial perch where guests share tapas. Cherry peppers pop with goat cheese and prosciutto, and quesadillas mix sweet and savory with a dollop of mango chutney atop a filling of apple and brie. On Saturday, DJs accompany bites with energy from their decks, infusing the space with up-tempo beats for dancing or karate montages.
Dream Dinners’s registered dietitian and family-physician duo provides cuisine crafters with the ingredients and directions necessary to assemble healthy, palate-pleasing meals during fun on-location sessions.
All chopping, sorting, and recipe-dreaming is done in advance by Dream Dinners’s crew, with family cooks choosing from an ever-rotating menu of gourmet concoctions such as herb-dijon chicken breasts with garlic bread and cheese-lover's manicotti.
After assembling the ingredients at a Dream Dinners location in a music-filled, party-like atmosphere, customers cart their bounty home, armed with easy-to-follow cooking instructions for piecing together the edible jigsaw puzzle without worrying about sharpening knives, cleaning stovetops, or converting grams into degrees Celsius. For those with smaller watches and consequently less time, the Fast Lane menu offers dinners that need only to be cooked or baked.
We make our bread from scratch each night using simple ingredients and no preservatives. We specialize in crusty European-style breads, but offer softer breads, dessert breads, cookies, scones, and pizza dough as well. Everything is made on-site.
The chefs at Gourmet Carolina bustle past ovens filled with a rotating array of seasonal fare. Around the holidays, the smell of roasting chickens mingles with the aromas of brie, apples, and cranberries. Summer feasts beneath the ripe-apricot setting sun are fueled by Gourmet Carolina’s USDA-choice steak burgers, USDA-prime cuts of filet mignon, prime-rib roast, and cowboy-cut rib eyes. The chefs also prep lamb, pork, veal, Chilean sea bass, and lobster tails. Delivered directly to homes, the meals ward off the need to cook for dinner guests or test if the floor is really made of lava.
New York-style thin-crust pizza headlines the menu at Market Street Pizza. Each disc is made to order in classic and creative combinations, such as the cheeseburger pie topped with dill-pickle chips and mustard or the super chicken pizza, which arrives dressed with mushrooms, bacon, provolone, and a bulletproof cape. Pizza toppings also take cover in calzones stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, and subs clench fillings inside white or wheat hoagie rolls.