Helmed by Rochester native Danny Connor, former head chef of Portico and Castaway restaurants, Bella Pasta Café offers up Sicilian and French-influenced fare in a comfortable bistro setting. Lock eyes with the menu's lusty vittles, including appetizers, soups, salads, pasta dishes, and pizza. Seafaring hungerers can reel in an order of Sicilian calamari, which tosses sautéed squid with peppers, kalamata olives, garlic, and spices ($8.95), while meat seekers can load forks with veal asiago, with sautéed sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, and asparagus all cavorting in an amarsala wine sauce ($15.99). Bella also offers tailor-made meals, such as pasta dinners offering a choice of four pasta types, four sauces, and three meat offerings, ($9.95), which can be customized to suit a variety of tastes and font preferences.
Soho Bagel Cafe seeks out local vendors to supply the ingredients needed to give their water-boiled bagels their distinctive, chewy texture. While keeping their mind on high-quality and eco-friendly practices, the staff at Soho Bagel Cafe have expanded the idea of a bagel shop – fashioning a menu that includes hot and cold sandwiches, along with Panini, pita, and artisan rolls. All sandwich varietals hold fresh deli meats and veggies, and guests can augment any meal with a coffee or tea drink.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery fills rumbly tummies with American breakfast, lunch, and dinner classics 24 hours a day. Break fasts and pocket watches stuck on 6:42 a.m. with a plate of buttermilk pancakes made according to a secret recipe ($4.79 for five) or a smoked-bacon-and-ham omelette topped with american cheese and served with two sides ($8.79). Burger lovers can chew their way through a variety of ground-chuck patties, including the Tangler burger, piled high with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, crunchy fried onions, lettuce and tomato, and slathered in a Grey Poupon bistro sauce ($8.19). The rye-sandwiched reuben melt subdues substantial appetites with a sauerkraut-laden heap of thinly sliced corned beef topped with swiss cheese and slathered in the dressing of a thousand islands ($9.49).
A portmanteau of “mozzarella” and “pepperoni” gave Marvin Mozzeroni’s its playful name, but the origins of the restaurant itself are rooted in New York. The pizzeria was founded by two Rochester natives in 2004 as Starving Marvin's Pizza before they changed the name in 2007 when they turned their single eatery into a franchise. To this day native New Yorkers own and operate the five locations found throughout the state, including their two new locations in Henrietta and Greece.
The emphasis here is on their numerous specialty pizzas, baked in a brick oven and made fresh daily with hand-tossed dough. They come with a thick or thin crust and homemade red or white sauce, and can be ordered whole or by the slice. The menu also features other Italian food, including calzones and chicken parmigiana, as well as a mix of American-style classics such as hoagies, cheeseburgers, wings with homemade sauce and bleu cheese, and hot dogs. Those with food allergies can opt for gluten-free pizza.
Bathtub Billy's team of servers and brew-slingers fulfill guests bellied up to the bar or dining on the two-tiered outdoor deck with the menu's variety of American pub fare. Perform avant-garde victory dances after delving into an array of burgers that includes the Tailgater's steak bomber ($8.99), a succulent blitz of grilled sirloin, mushrooms, and bleu cheese. Grill artists douse roaster-sized chicken wings ($7.79/lb.) in 11 different kinds of sauces, and flatbread pizzas ($7.99) warm evenly over the open flames. Olympic rings ($7.99) make a gold-medal landing into mouths with battered onions layered in a sash of mozzarella and hot sauce. Little ones feel more appreciated by the restaurant's kid's menu, which brims with smaller options, than they would by receiving a birthday call from Luke Skywalker.