Located inside Mr. Pizza, Yummy Grille prepares a menu of sandwiches and hearty Mediterranean cuisine. Diners can sink teeth into marinated-steak shawarma, chicken-breast kebabs, or a Yummito—the spot's signature tortilla-encased falafel with rice and vegetables.
Though its gourmet pizzas pile on eclectic toppings from feta and hot peppers to buffalo chicken, that’s not the only variety available at Venice Pizza. A menu longer than Popeye's list of felony-assault charges spans from hot sandwiches to quesadillas and jumbo buffalo wings. Platters pile fries, fish, and other meats onto one plate, and strombolis, gyros, and pasta also accommodate eaters not in the mood for a slice.
Squisito Pizza & Pasta dishes out an immense, palate-pleasing menu of Italian favorites and innovative originals. Starters, such as the shrimp gondola paddling with parmesan-cream sauce in a toasted italian-bread canoe ($8.99), pacify peckish gullets. Seasoned chefs dress pasta in a variety of disguises, from the penne Popeye cloaked in grilled chicken, sautéed spinach, roasted red peppers ($12.99) to the fettuccine bolognese shrouded in creamy rosé meat ragu ($10.99). Piping-hot pizza pies come in Chicago, New York, and flatbread styles, crowned with both classic and gourmet ingredients. Bite into a healthy skyline with the New York–style roasted veggie pie, a foldable dough disk topped with zucchini, red peppers, roasted eggplant, goat cheese, and balsamic ($16.99), or dive into a flavorful Great Lake with the Chicago-style Squisito ($17.99), a deep dish dotted with pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, extra cheese, onions, green peppers, and optional anchovies ($17.99). Wee visitors to Squisito Pizza & Pasta receive a free ball of dough, a welcome alternative to children's typical dining distractions, such as flopping around on the floor and drawing leg mustaches on fellow diners.
Though Yummy Grille chefs work alongside the pizza-makers of A1 Pizza & Sub, their cuisine is from a different world entirely. Instead of New York-style pizza and American favorites, chefs whip up dishes from the Mediterranean— from flavorful steak shawarmas to crunchy falafel wraps and sizzling chicken kabobs. They take a healthy approach to cooking, grilling meats in lemon juice and vegetable oil rather than deep-frying them or stuffing them with M&Ms. They pair their sandwiches and platters with traditional Mediterranean side-dishes, including savory hummus dip and plump grape leaves filled with rice.
Having grown up in the Bronx, and perhaps best known for writing and starring in A Bronx Tale, actor Chazz Palminteri has a close affinity for the New York City borough. So, it only seemed natural for him to team up with Baltimore restaurateurs Sergio and Alessandro Vitale and bring a little bit of the Bronx to Harbor East. First, they tackled Bronx-style pizza by equipping their restaurant with a coal-fired oven. Then they rounded out the menu with dishes often found on Arthur Avenue, one of the Bronx's main culinary strips. They hark back to Chazz’s home with pan-seared cuts of filet mignon and handmade pastas such as gnocchi in brandy-cream sauce. Cocktails tangle together juices squeezed fresh daily, brandy-soaked cherries, and syrups made in house, and the extensive wine list pairs with cannoli, ending meals smoothly, unlike a carpenter who just has to show off how strong his table is.
There are lots of ways to get your pizza fix at Zella's Pizzeria, which is back under original ownership. The quickest, perhaps, is to order one of the house's signature gourmet pizzas such as the roasted eggplant topped with roasted red peppers and kalamata olives. But diners with time and energy to spare can pour over the menu to build their own pizza. All pizzas start with freshly made dough before diners choose from six sauces ranging from traditional tomato to herbed olive oil and more than 30 toppings including green olives, fresh tomatoes, and roasted garlic that can be consumed willy-nilly or reorganized on the pie to make the Italian flag. The same top-quality ingredients that go into Zella's pizzas are used to make smaller dishes such as spinach and artichoke calzones and meatball sandwiches.
The dough masters at Waterloo Pizza & Subs sling traditional pizzas adorned with various meat and veggie toppings next to sodas. Bedeck two 14-inch tomato and cheese pizzas with edible sprinklings of meat such as ground beef, ham, or pepperoni. Patrons seeking greener repast can graze alongside their pet brontosauruses on spicy bites of onion, savory mushrooms, or crisp hot peppers. While slices fill empty stomach caverns, diners send a flood of soda from a 2-liter bottle in after them.