The skilled chefs at Roma’s Italian Restaurant craft family recipe sauces and dough from scratch daily while boasting an extensive menu of made-to-order pizzas, pastas and golden paninis. Patrons can pick up some calamari rings ($6.99) to hold up a shower curtain or enjoy warm, oven-baked garlic bread blanketed with bubbling cheese ($5). Skirt fashion norms by dressing a pizza in white after Labor Day with hot cheese layers and garlic ($6.75–$13.75) or with a steaming helping of rich fettuccine alfredo served with shrimp, chicken, or broccoli ($12.25–$15.25). After playing a long game of hide-and-seek inside a mannequin factory, enjoy the enchanting veal marsala sautéed with tender sliced veal in marsala wine with a slew of fresh mushrooms ($16.95).
In its centennial year, Williams Bakery’s batter mixers fill the air with the aroma of just-baked breads, cakes, pies, and pastries made from scratch every day. Ciabatta or loaf breads ($2.59–$2.99) house sandwich fillers without relying on crutches such as preservatives or flying buttresses made of toothpicks. Patrons can transform humdrum mealtimes with life-changing desserts such as Mom’s carrot cake, chocolate-lover’s cake ($12.99+), or pecan pie ($9.69). Oodles of pastries ($1.19+) and stacks of cookies by the dozen ($3.59) perch on kitchen counters and peek out from state-of-the-art cookie receptacles.
Sweet Treats by Angie keeps sweet teeth singing merrily with creative and inventive creations. These confections include gummy butterflies, freshly made fudge, and chocolate popcorn. The store also sells candy by the pound, make gourmet candy apples, and can customize a candy bouquet or candy buffet for a special occasion.
A wooden sign painted with a golden coronet beckons passersby to "gather ye friends and make merrie." The path beyond—bordered by neatly planted bushes—leads to a white-walled cottage wherein patrons dine on cottage pie and bangers and mash. But this isn't an idyllic hideaway in the English countryside. It's Virginia⎯Preservation Park, to be exact. Part of the New Kent Courthouse Village, Rose & Crown Tavern aims to re-create an atmosphere of British rural living among the brick fireplaces and broad windows of a restored vintage home. Besides the aforementioned English classics, executive chef Jim Craven also whips up plenty of fare from the colonies, from shrimp and grits to a 10-ounce Angus beef burger.
Chef Robin Upchurch and general manager Tom Hayes are the mother-son duo behind Sandston Kitchen and, according to a feature in the Henrico Citizen, have set up shop in the Sandston building to serve up "a simple but traditional menu of comfort food staples." Diners will find hearty hot and cold sandwiches, along with burgers, housemade mac and cheese, and a specialty dubbed The Rochester Combo Plate—a tribute to Tom's former home. In addition to sit-down dining in the restaurant, the pair also offers catering for special events and boxed lunches for people who love boxes.
Italian and Middle Eastern dishes share table space at G's Pizza & Grill, a restaurant with a relaxing, family-oriented ambiance. Seated at tables draped with red tablecloths, diners savor specialty pizzas and pasta dishes along with gyros, curry, and kebabs. Some dishes feature a fusion of Italian and Middle Eastern flavors, such as the greek pizza, which comes topped with feta cheese and lamb gyro meat.