The chefs at Bella Pasta Café placate grumbling stomachs with a menu of house-made Sicilian dishes with a French flare. Dinner parties inaugurate meals with appetizers such as battered and sautéed artichokes French ($7.95), which take respite in a lazy river of sherry-wine sauce. Buxom bowls of linguine gorgonzola ($14.95) tangle fresh cheese and onions with perfectly salted bits of capicola, and the house’s pasta special ($13.95) tosses freshly snipped angel hair with artichokes, kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. The chef’s renowned French sauce swathes a sextet of choices, including tender chicken ($14.95) and succulent scallops ($16.95), as well as artichokes ($12.95) and Monet paintings. Restless fingerprints can leave their mark on slices of homemade pizzas ($8.95–$15.95), spicy or sweet wings ($7.95–$29.95), or one of 12 hot subs ($6.95–$8.95).
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’s staff quells cravings by distributing cuisine from a menu of American breakfast, lunch, and dinner served at any time of the day or night. Diners can drizzle a pile of five buttermilk pancakes with syrup while sipping hot coffee for a streamlined breakfast ($4.59) or customize an omelet ($7.69+) with ingredients such as swiss cheese, bacon, or an entire second omelet hidden inside. Homestyle entrees such as tender pot roast ($9.69) or savory Butterball turkey and dressing—bolstered by sides such as mac 'n' cheese and glazed baby carrots—satisfactorily fill bellies ($10.29). Patrons can also enjoy sweets such as the french silk pie ($2.59) without encountering the drawbacks of desserting at home, such as motherly disapprobation or hallway creakiness caused by children running up and down the house toting sacks of fake Rolexes.
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.
With locations scattered throughout Rochester, the locally owned Cordello's serves hearty casual Italian fare to sate appetites of any size. Small, medium, and large pies arrive sliced into fourths, eighths, or twelfths and sport hearty toppings such as breaded chicken, bacon, or steak, while sheet-size pizzas extend to 32 slices to feed hungry party guests or test the division skills of the hungriest three. Plates of homemade Italian specialties perch upon tabletops in Cordello's family-friendly dining rooms, and delivery cars bear toasty boxes across the local area, allowing customers to enjoy the feast without leaving home.Committed to supporting the local community, the restaurant sponsors local schools and organizations, while hosting special events for youth, such as a "Make Your Own Pizza Day."