Hometown Pizzeria, winner of Taste of Baldwinsville's People's Choice for Best Pizza, adorns its hand-tossed dough disks with a sorting of never-frozen ingredients and fresh toppings. The mighty menu includes a gastronomic glut of gourmet pies, ranging from the cheeseburger-and-fries pizza, a zesty ketchup and mustard spread layered beneath a bundle of police evidence auctioned from the Hamburglar's knapsack ($11.99/medium), to the oriental-chicken pizza piled with teriyaki chicken, cabbage, and roasted almonds ($11.99/medium). In addition to a selection of sandwiches ($3.69+) and custom calzones ($5.09+), Hometown also stocks a flock of more than 10 flavors of signature grilled wings, including honey barbecue and taki zesty orange ($6.90 /10). This Groupon is good for dine-in, carryout, delivery ($1 delivery charge), or teleportation.
Siena showcases traditional American dishes and beverages in a casual atmosphere. The menu features crisp salads, hot sandwiches, hearty pastas, and appetizer platters anointed with innovative flavors. Whet black-tie appetites with the shrimp cocktail, a cavalcade of crustaceans poised to dive into a pool of house-made sauce ($8.50), or sink teeth into a meatball hero sandwich ($8.95) loaded with saucy, spherical morsels. Pie-eyed diners can craft the personal pizza of their dreams with a choice of sauce, cheese, and creative toppings, such as artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes ($8.95). Hungry crowds hone their cutlery skills by scooping forkfuls of gnocchi bolognese, pillows of potato dumplings sautéed with sage, garlic, and browned butter ($13.95); cutting into the NY strip steak ($16.95); or spooning French onion soup until it falls asleep.
The pizza pros at SoNo's Pizza and Pasta Factory bake up a menu of sizzling pastas, sandwiches, calzones, and pizzas forged from freshly mined dough and sauce. After visiting the pizza oracle for inspiration, SoNo's has emerged with 27 styles of pizza, such as the spicy honey bbq chicken, piled with baked chicken covered in homemade honey barbecue sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, jack, and sauteed onions ($18.99+), or the baked lasagna, a pie that’s clothed in penne, meatballs, sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella ($18.99+). Patrons who don’t eat pizza can order chicken parmesan ($8.99) or a meatball wrap ($5.99), or choose to chew on a dozen wings doused in their choice of 19 flavors including Jack Daniels glaze, lemon garlic pepper, and sweet and sour ($6.95).
The menu at Canale's Italian Cuisine?a family-owned restaurant more than 60 years old?reads like a well-loved scrapbook. Its notes describe the food and its history: "Homemade gnocchi prepared with Ma Canale's recipe from Morolo, Italy," or "Anna's [tomato sauce] recipe, prepared exactly as she taught us back in 1954." Given these personal touches, it's no surprise that the menu has a Family Favorites section that spotlights classic entrees. These include homemade fettuccine, rigatoni with shrimp, and of course, spaghetti with meatballs or Italian sausage ("Canale's most popular dish").
For meals at home, the kitchen prepares "parties to go"?packages of pizza or chicken wings. You can also find Canale's sauces, dressings, and frozen dinners at dozens of grocery and misguided shoe stores in the area.
The Sokolowski family fired up Checkers Family Restaurant and Pizzeria in 2001, determined to fill the following decade with cheese and pepperoni pizzas and spicy wings. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner courses grace tables that sprout like wild wood-shop projects from the floor of indoor and outdoor eating areas. Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Checkers hosts fish fries that grant fresh haddock a starring role in both a sandwich and fish dinner.
Gianni leads a team of formaggio painters in smuggling classic Bronx flavors from his former community to his current digs in Syracuse. In the Castle Hill pie, cooks cover a disk of house-made dough with layers of sauce, cheese, bacon, and ground beef before sliding it into a hot oven until it crisps, bubbles, and imitates the sounds of a kitchen timer ($15.95). Broccoli trees line the Mosholu Park pizza's toasted crust, paved with creamy ricotta cheese so that garlic cars can easily coast into the mouths of nearing diners ($15.95). Patrons may also craft their own crusty cuisine by tailoring toppings ($7.95+) or try pie-by-the-slice ($1.75+). Orders of golden garlic knots bathe in butter and garlic sauce before offering to turn tongues into slip 'n' slides ($1.25), and wings can range in spiciness depending on the size of customers' fire extinguishers ($4.20+).