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.
For Chef Chris Tarta, a night of cooking at Bella Campania Ristorante feels just like the childhood evenings he spent in his grandmother's kitchen. The frenetic pace and the vivacious atmosphere remind him of the family feasts that he was helping to prepare at age 10. Even though Chef Tarta went on to receive formal training at culinary school, he still remains faithful to his Italian roots and traditions when preparing meals at his restaurant. He and his team make fresh mozzarella daily, create sausages in-house, prepare pastas from scratch, and follow time-honored family recipes when blending sauces.
The kitchen's unwavering dedication to classic, Old World-style home cooking is evident throughout the menu, which includes everything from thin-crust pizzas and baked ziti to hearty sandwiches and pan-seared veal. Since the eatery is BYOB, diners are free to bring a bottle of wine from home or from their own chianti well.
Using fresh, never-frozen ingredients, the kitchen staffers at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria and Grill crafts casual Italian specialties from scratch each morning. In addition to baked pastas, homemade sausages, and gourmet pizzas, they are known for their signature, buttery garlic-knot sliders, which they stuff with one of three types of meat.