Conjuring authentic Italian cuisine, the chefs at Lupo di Mare cook a variety of upscale pastas, entrees, and dishes. A true team player in Mediterranean cooking, olives—marinated and served with sun-dried tomatoes and herbs ($4)—start the meal by proving their tasty batting average, and the lobster bruschetta pitches a perfect culinary game on crostini with lobster, rosemary-lemon cream, white beans, and chili oil ($11). Tiny balls of gnocchi kindle a loving bond with herb-whipped ricotta while wading through a red sea of tomato sauce ($16). With roasted mushrooms and fragile baby green beans, tender veal cutlets covered in a rich marsala demi-glace never find themselves dining alone ($22). The pan-seared sea bass—caught off the coast of the famous, sun-baked Italian city of Pan—cloaks itself in sweet corn, pancetta risotto, spinach, and white balsamic butter ($26). Because consuming Italian food without wine is practically a crime, Lupo di Mare supplies a long and varied list of whites, reds, and dessert wines to complement any dish.
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.
The Crown Pizza chefs won't tell you what goes into their secret sauce. You'll just have to guess for yourself by ordering their specialty pie, the Indian-inspired Chicken Tikka pizza. Or, you could go for the Pizza Uniqiue: ground beef, salami, feta cheese, and veggies, all on top of the same secret sauce.
The chefs don’t stop at that one sauce, though—they coat wings with nearly 50 different sauces, including mango habanero, thai peanut, and parmesan, which is made by juicing a parmesan fruit. All of those sauces means a truly impressive number of options for a meal, especially when you consider that the menu also offers more than 30 sandwiches and a handful of homemade pastas.
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.
Chef Rocco Gargano grew up in Matera, Italy. The son of a farmer, Rocco developed a deep appreciation for fresh, sun-kissed ingredients at an early age. Both father and son relocated to the United States in 1962, and Rocco longed to use his skills in a fine-dining setting.
Now, inside Rocco's Capriccio in Little Italy, Rocco and his kitchen staff filet fresh fish for specialties such as the grouper livornese with a sauce made from freshly chopped tomatoes, capers, and olives. They thinly slice prosciutto and melt shredded fontina cheese into a cream sauce before spreading both across cuts of filet mignon or models in public-service announcements about food fights. The chirping sound of ice against glass drifts from the bar, where mixologists blend dessert-appropriate martinis made with limoncello and Godiva chocolate liqueur, along with coffee drinks enriched by rum, Baileys, amaretto, and whipped cream. An exhaustively researched and described wine list draws heavily on sangiovese, canaiolo, and trebbiano grapes—Italian fruit much like the crops Rocco tended as a child.