At Coal, chefs stoke fiery coals inside the kitchen's pizza oven, which bakes the eatery's signature thin-crust pizzas at temperatures of up to 800 degrees. Pizzas emerge from the oven with a lightly charred, crispy crust and crowned with toppings such as meatballs, prosciutto, truffle oil, and caramelized onions. Coal also bakes its sandwiches in the pizza oven, including the saltimbocca Giorgio, with prosciutto and mozzarella on housemade bread, and roasts its chicken wings over the same glowing embers.
The dough slingers at Uncle Carmines University dish-up 16-inch rounds loaded with cheese to form the bulwark of meals. Like the best break-dancers, Cluck-U wings are boneless and wearing a spicy outfit of one of seven sauces, graded by heat. Mild-mannered tongues opt for honey hickory, and the bravest of taste buds prove their mettle with a thermo-nuclear sauce, with a two-liter soda on call to prevent mouth meltdowns. Game-day hosts peruse the ample catering menu to order trays of penne alla vodka ($35/half tray; $65/full tray), and monster-mash hostesses request a meaty london broil loaded with potatoes, onions, and garlic to keep vampires from hogging the bag toss ($55/half tray; $100 full tray).
At A'Tavola Ristorante, Chef George Fusco draws on his 20 years of experience to prepare a menu of elegant Italian entrees from scratch in an open kitchen. He and his kitchen staff top linguine with littleneck clams and fra-diavolo sauce and souse veal milanese in sherry vinaigrette and a balsamic-reduction sauce. For dessert, they whip up freshly filled cannolis, sugar-speckled crème brûlées, and new york–style cheesecakes, whose crusts are perpetually under construction.
The pie producers at Four Boys Pizzeria assemble specialty thin-crust pizzas upon request with homemade dough and tomato sauce that work in tandem to cushion a flurry of fresh toppings. Customizable pies encourage veggies such as spinach and eggplant to share prime crust real estate and interior-decorating advice with meats such as sausage and ham. Pre-determined topping arrangements festoon gourmet pizzas such as the Four Boys Favorite, a cheeseless amalgam of broccoli, fresh tomato, and fresh garlic. A full-service catering menu conquers hordes’ hunger with subs that measure up to 6 feet and steamy trays of pasta that feed up to 25 people.
A few hours before Mamma Mia Pizzeria opens for the day, the chefs turn on the ovens and begin to prepare their pizzas, scattering dough with specialty toppings like fresh mozzarella, grilled chicken, and homemade tomato garlic sauce. They arrange the colorful pies along the pristine front counter, alongside bowls of freshly baked garlic-bread knots and baskets of the crusty baguettes they slice up for Boar's Head meat subs. The pizzeria fare soon makes its way out to diners relaxing in an area with colorful pennants and sports photographs adorning the walls.