From its four locations around Hampton Roads, Cinema Cafe combines old-fashioned American cuisine with first- and second-run films. The multisensory experience has garnered the movie house a total of 11 gold medals in the Virginia-Pilot's Best of Hampton Roads 2012 awards. Thanks to a roaming wait staff, diners can place their orders midfilm and enjoy them right in the theater, a practice that discourages pizza scalpers from stalking customers in the lobby.
When it comes to whipping up classic Italian cuisine, the team at Baci Italiano doesn't take shortcuts. Take the spaghetti, for example, which comes with meatballs that are crafted in house. Or the lasagna, which chefs painstakingly prepare by layering pasta with the kitchen's signature meat sauce. They're similarly deliberate when they curate toppings?such as calamari, applewood-smoked bacon, and ricotta cheese?for their 12" personal pizzas, built upon a choice of traditional or whole wheat crust. They even add authentic touches to their veal medallions, crowning them with a layer of Di Parma prosciutto imported from Italy, and baby spinach leaves that were rocked to sleep with Italian lullabies.
Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
From its humble beginnings in 1959, Little Caesars has stretched its cheesy empire from coast to coast, doling out trademark deep-dish pizzas, sauce-drenched wings, and cheesy bread. In keeping with its history as a forward-looking franchise, Little Caesars has cooked up an iPhone application that highlights popular menu items and shoots out piping-hot pies from the phone's port. The pizza purveyor sends its Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, across the United States and Canada to fill the bellies of homeless people and disaster victims with its daily kneaded dough and freshly shaved mozzarella.
Uniting the cuisines of Northern and Southern Italy, Fiorello Ristorante Italiano serves a taste-bud tempting menu of delicate pastas, piping-hot pizza, fresh seafood, and succulent steaks. Set an appetizing mood with the baked crostini, focaccia bread crowned with crabmeat, red onions, and tomato served with chipotle mayonnaise ($7.99). Move on to molar-embracing entrees, such as the Penne Rustica, cylindrical pasta frolicking with chicken, mushrooms, green peas, and sun-dried tomatoes in a light tomato sauce emboldened by a touch of red wine ($15.99). The 12-ounce rib eye offered by the Bistecca Toscana provides a mouthwatering meal for more carnivorous appetites ($24.99). Warming plates are perfectly paired with a rustic and romantic atmosphere, complete with a pinch of Sicilian elegance to lend ambience to a dreamy date or an intimate round of arm wrestling. Dine indoors or sip a cappuccino al fresco on Fiorello Ristorante Italiano's patio.
Each of Wing Zone’s 15 sauces comes accompanied with a number. The digit doesn't signify the amount of ingredients, nor is it a tool for easier ordering. Rather, the sauce’s number, much like the scores given to candidates during presidential debates, denotes a spectrum of spiciness, with 1 being mild and 4 being too hot for its own good. Original wings, boneless nuggets, and crispy fried shrimp come dressed in up to four of the zesty flavors, such as garlic parm, Ragin’ Cajun, and, the hottest of the hot, Nuclear habanero. Aside from dressing up chicken and fish, the Wing Zone kitchen also churns out plainly dressed chicken tenders, stacks of burgers with bacon and cheese, and extinguishes burning taste buds with banana cheesecake or chocolate brownie bites.