Waltz past Woodside Manor's wall of stained glass dating back to 1594, hand-carved oak staircase, and 20-foot pink-sandstone fireplace to take a seat in one of the manor's nine private dining rooms before examining the menu of seafood, sandwiches, pasta, and creative American classics. Woodside's chef Robert Courser turns French fries into elegant pomme frittes, served with thyme, salt, and spicy ketchup ($5), and replaces corndogs' dogs with shrimp and serves the cornshrimps with mustard cream ($12). Bite into a classically prepared Reuben's peppery corned beef and spicy sauerkraut ($9), or invite new flavors to mingle at your tongue's soirée with a chicken diablo sandwich: mushroom, onion, bacon, barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese ($9). Marsala and piccata are available with veal or chicken ($14–$18), while more seaworthy plates include Chilean sea bass ($30), lake perch ($18), and lobster mac 'n' cheese, crafted with cognac, sherry, a Mornay sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, cheddar, and gruyere ($18).
At Bella Frutteto Restaurant, executive chef Jessica Headrick and sous chef Daniel McQuiston make all sorts of ravioli—lobster, mushroom, butternut squash—but none catch the eye quite like the signature apple ravioli. To make it, they cover jumbo cheese ravioli with a sautéed scramble of golden raisins, figs, and the same granny smith apples used to make the apple-bruschetta appetizer. Their inventive Italian eats share menu space with hearty dishes such as marinated skirt steak, crab cakes, and striped bass that is stuffed with crab, scallop, shrimp, and mermaid-scout cookies.
All of the food is arranged on differently colored plates and served in one of three spaces: a dining room peppered with yellow tablecloths, a bar with seasonal draft beers and flat-screen televisions, or a patio overlooking the orchard that gives Bella Frutteto—roughly translated to “beautiful orchard”—its name.
The menu at Recipes Remembered sends senses on a reminiscent trip down savory lane with a selection of gourmet steak, seafood, and pasta dishes. Turn taste buds sentimental with the pan-fried, egg-battered artichoke hearts ($6.95) before indulging in the veal picatta, betting on a winning trifecta of a lemon, white wine, and butter sauce ($21.50). The restaurant's 6-ounce lobster tail starts human tails wagging ($26.50), and the chicken stuffed with sage dressing and doused in mushroom cream sauce satisfies herbal cravings ($17.50). Guests may also delight in the eggplant parmesan and pasta marinara ($14.50), lamb shank ($21.50), or 8-ounce filet mignon ($23.50). All entrees are accompanied to the mouth's dinner party by a choice of house salad or soup du jour and a pick of veggies, baked potato, or starch du jour.
Ten on tap. Sixty varieties in bottles. The beer selection at Cenci's Italian Restaurant & Bar has something for everyone, from Great Divide Hibernation ale on draft to Erie Presque Isle bottled pilsner and a surfeit of other craft options. Cenci’s has more to offer, though, maintaining decor and a food menu worthy of the frequent events it hosts. As hanging lamps gently illuminate tables and booths dressed in warm, brick-based colors, guests indulge in Italian-American fare. In addition to making specialty pies such as steak-onion-ranch pizzas and chicken-broccoli pizzas, the folks at Cenci's are skilled holiday celebrants: heart-shaped pepperoni spangles their Valentine's Day pizza, Halloween parties welcome beer-swilling jack-o'-lanterns with discerning taste, and viewers of important NFL games may be lucky enough to receive free slices at halftime. Like the time Napoleon played Ulysses Grant in an awkward game of chess, weekly trivia encourages brains to battle. Neon writing decorates a chalkboard menu boasting that evening's discounted beers, bombs, and food—there may even be $1 sicilian slices available. The menu also includes calzones, burgers, and pasta.
Channeling the comfort and familiarity of a neighborhood gathering place, Dive Bar & Grille is not your typical watering hole. Inspired by local area corner bars, Dive Bar & Grille offers a relaxed twist on local nightlife, providing an all-inclusive dining and late night experience, giving guests no reason to leave.
Mamma Lucia dishes out Sicilian-style pies and fresh Italian eats in a rustic, inviting space. The large 18-inch thin-crust pizza (a $12.75 value) becomes a fetching table centerpiece after being adorned with a single topping (a $2.50 value) such as pepperoni, mild pepper rings, anchovies, or diamonds. Keep free hands occupied by dunking the garlic knots (a $5 value) in an accompanying dipping sauce (a $0.50 value). As the meal nears a close, the crisp, sweet shell of a cannoli (a $3.25 value) sends off diners with luscious suite of vanilla and a tearful speech about staying in school. Guests congregate on Mamma Lucia's convivial outdoor patio, where they're free to take advantage of the restaurant's BYOB policy.