There's no hurry at Uncle Buck's BBQ. The chefs slow-cook and smoke meats such as ribs, brisket, and chicken, imbuing each plate with a tenderness that can't be rushed. Even the Old World-style pizzas have to bake inside a traditional brick oven long enough for the cheese to melt over and around the assorted toppings, such as pulled pork, sweet peppers, and garlic. Sub sandwiches and hamburgers, wings tossed in one of four sauces, and hefty steaks round out the menu of neighborhood-style American cuisine.
With its wood-paneled wainscoting and robin's-egg blue walls, the restaurant's dining area embraces the same casual, down-home charm as the menu. Outside, a wooden patio seats diners beneath an aluminum roof that provides better sun protection than a parasol slathered with sunscreen.
Pomodoro Pizza slices up a menu of handmade pizzas, cheesesteaks, hoagies, pastas, and sauce-coated wings. Pomodoro's chefs hand-toss doughy canvases to adorn using ingredient artistry and a palette of custom-topping options, including artichoke hearts, sweet peppers, and ricotta cheese ($5.99–11.99, toppings $1–$2.25 each). Loaded-down gourmet discs flatten hunger with such combinations as buffalo chicken and tangy blue cheese, or bruschetta pizza with red or white sauce spreading an edible blanket for a picnic of fresh mozzarella and basil. Wings and seasoned cheesesteaks are doused in one or more of 21 flavors, including lemon pepper, Voodoo buffalo, and rosemary garlic. Grinders sandwich classic Italian flavors between fresh Egypt Star Bakery bread, which rainy-day diners can have delivered to their vehicles curbside ($6.99 for 8", $11.99 for 16").
At Penn Pizza Restaurant, Chef Phillip has designed a menu that incorporates fresh-baked pizzas, stromboli, pastas, and juicy burgers. Pies emerge from the oven topped with a choice of 20 toppings that include pepperoni, meatballs, bacon, ham, and pineapples. More than 30 pasta dishes include fettuccini alfredo, ravioli a la vodka, veal parmigiana, and stuffed shells.
The culinary wizards at Mi Piace craft hearty and flavorful Italian dishes from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Meals commence with one of several curtain-raising appetizers, such as the baked clams, which are grouped in plates of six ($6) or by the delightful dozen ($12). A roster of eight pasta dishes ($10–$14) tempts diners with an array of sauces; various sea and land meats can make bowl-topping appearances for an additional $3. Balsamic vinegar and capers adorn the sautéed breast of the chicken cacciatore ($16), buffeted by black olives, onions, and extraneous syllables. Bread-bolstered offerings, such as the provolone- and red-pepper-laden prosciutto panini ($6.50), please patrons who crave carbs but are loathe to stack pasta between napkins, and a list of 13 pizzas ($9.50+) keep the handheld dining going strong. Dining adventures can conclude with an espresso-rich slice of tiramisu ($4) or an envious glance at a neighbor’s plate.
White columns frame the red-tiled awning of Bellissimo Ristorante, a slice of Tuscan villa welcoming guests to a restaurant full of Italian art and cuisine. The patio features classic statuary and a burbling stone fountain, while the interiors boasts rich wooden tables and chairs atop a terracotta tile floor. The flavor of authenticity extends beyond the décor to the menu, which features filet mignon douses with gorgonzola cheese and topped with lumps of crabmeat and thin curst Italian-style pizzas cooked in real brick ovens.
Hailing from Sicily and Italy’s Reggio Calabria province, the Caricari family relies on time-tested recipes and skilled cooks at its two Feasta Italia restaurants. The eatery is known for its handcrafted pizzas, as chefs create every pie to order. Hand-tossed crust and fresh, never frozen ingredients highlight every pizza. Zesty toppings include black olives, ham, and meatballs. Feasta Italia’s menu rounds out with pasta dishes and other entrees, such as veal parmigiana and seafood marinara.
Like their recipes, the Mannino family comes from Sicily. At Italiano Delite, they and their chefs keep up the rich tradition of genuine Sicilian fare through a rustic menu filled with the likes of pasta and meatballs, baked lasagna, and penne alla vodka, as well as gluten-free and low-carb options. Their 30 specialty pizzas such as the Philly cheesesteak add greater variety to family-style eating, while their midday buffets please both belly and eye with a feast-worthy spread of hot and cold appetizers, pastas, entrees, and salads.