Di Stefano’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame a particularly cozy picture of diners savoring bites of warm bruschetta, twirling linguine, and sopping up lemon white-wine sauce with veal scaloppini. Guests tear into penne-vodka or chicken-marsala pizzas at the round wooden tables in the dining room, or head outside to the umbrella-covered patio to taunt chipmunks with their people food. The family-friendly restaurant offers catering, takeout, and free delivery, and it now serves liquor.
If you're looking for a compelling reason to dine at Il Giardino Restaurant & Pizzeria, you won't have to look hard. The pizza?is the obvious standout, its crust slightly crispy and laden with fresh toppings. But the rest of the menu is loaded with gems that don't come in the shape of a pie?gems such as the baked clams and chicken parmesan, the latter of which nestles with roasted peppers and artichoke hearts on a bed of spaghetti.?If you still need convincing, how about this: Il Giardino is a BYOB restaurant, so you can bring along a bottle of wine or a carton of your favorite tap water.
The menu at Frankie & Fanucci's Wood Oven Pizzeria is dominated by the offerings from the authentic 800-degree wood-burning oven, which chars the tasty toppings melting against thin crust dough and crispy panini rolls. The simple margherita pizza consists of fresh mozzarella from Brooklyn, imported italian plum tomatoes, and fresh basil (16", $16.95). Personal pizzas measuring 10 inches entice eaters with a smaller-sized saucer, a whole-wheat crust option, and more table room to build napkin skyscrapers reinforced with forks ($9.95-$12.95). The wood oven also blisters hot-pressed chicken provolone panini and its mix of provolone cheese, tomatoes, caramelized onions, and sweet roasted-garlic dressing ($8.95). Opposing cool textures of the pear and gorgonzola salad allot a small forest of mixed greens topped with roasted walnuts and pear dressing to prepizza palettes ($8.50). Pasta, available at the Mamaroneck location, teams with the scratch-made Grandma's Sunday Sauce to create flavor-saturated entrees such as cheese ravioli ($13.95). The Hartsdale Village location, mentioned in a New York Times article, imparts passionate discussions of sweets through the nutella pizzetta, where the delicious chocolate-hazelnut spread smoothes over pizza crust before being struck with a vanilla ice-cream meteor ($7.50).
The pizza options are seemingly endless at Mezza Luna Pizzeria & Restaurant. Choose from Sicilian-style pizzas, make-your-own creations, or 15 specialty pies that include a baked ziti pizza, a lasagna pizza, and a meatlovers pizza sprinkled with ham, pepperoni, ground beef, and sausage. Other Italian-American options, such as calzones, heroes, paninis, and pastas, round out the menu.
The namesake chefs at Cerbone of Naples Pizza enlist family recipes that originated in Italy in the early 1900s to construct gourmet pizzas and traditional entrees. An arsenal of upscale pizzas unfurls on the eatery's lengthy menu, which touts the arugula salad pie, a union of avocado and kalamata olives swimming through balsamic vinegar, and the chicken scarpariello pizza, a base of marsala wine sauce splashing on sun-dried tomatoes and cherry peppers.
The Rocco boys' love for pizza started in the Bronx, where they worked at their father’s pizzerias from a young age. Now, brothers Joe, Mike, and Frank are continuing their family's tradition at 10 locations of their own invention—all flaunting the Planet Pizza name tag.
A man can't build such a pizza universe without some serious pies. But inspiration isn't a problem for the Planet Pizza culinary team, who've molded more than 30 toppings into about 25 specialty circles, all available on gluten-free and whole-wheat crusts. In addition to specialty pizzas, the cooks concoct other menu choices such the compo salad with baby field greens, grape tomatoes, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, and dried cranberries or the buffalo chicken wrap loaded with strips of crispy chicken, lettuce, tomato, spicy wing sauce, and chunky blue cheese dressing are more convincing than Pluto as a mature planet.