Using family recipes that emigrated from Marigliano, Italy, to the United States in 1901, Pa Pa Pia’s fills bellies with flavorful heaps of Italian favorites. Give the brown paper bag a day off and make a midday meal of the meatball sandwich, served on italian bread and topped with provolone cheese ($8–$9), or gently shove a sharp utensil into a small portion of formaggio manicotti, stuffed fat with asiago, parmesan, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses ($6.50–$7). Because teleporters have yet to be approved for civilian use, Pa Pa Pia's uses its pizza, which is grilled over an open flame in traditional Italian style, to transport taste buds across the Atlantic ($8.50–$29). After a dinner of spagettini bolognese ($9–$10) or a sovereign meal of chicken saltimbocca ($14.95–$15), patrons should demand the dessert tray, lay claim to the chocolate-covered ricotta cheesecake ($6), and scan the wine list for illegal words. Though as much produce is sourced locally or grown in the restaurant’s own garden as possible, Pa Pa Pia’s imports its atmosphere straight from Italy, complete with rich yellow walls, rustic booths, and a patio for devouring innocent pastas outside.
When you bite into the juicy tomatoes and finely tuned sauces that grace the pizza pies and strombolis at Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza, you're experiencing a genealogy of flavor that extends back to the recipes of Johnny Pace in his 1965 Manlius, New York, pizza shop. Today the restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients and a diligent sauce-stirring wrist to deliver a lot of love (and just a sprinkle of hatred to give it zing) into every savory bite.
Amerigo's dark, wood-paneled interior and orange-hued walls paint a picture of the quintessential Italian restaurant, a hunger-inducing setting ideal for business meetings and poorly timed breakups. When evening stomach grumbles need snuffing, Amerigo's menu answers with decadent Prince Edward Island mussels ($12) swimming in garlic wine broth, diced tomatoes, and capers, and paired with grilled bruschetta. A wood-fired grill and wood-fired oven infuse Amerigo's smoky foodstuffs with a flavorful variety of tree flesh. From a pasta selection that stretches to Rapunzel-like lengths, diners may choose a savory smoked chicken ravioli in parmesan cream sauce ($13) or a breaded eggplant parmesan ($15) atop angel hair. Post-dinner sugar seekers can crown an evening of romance with an indulgent tiramisu ($6.50).
The Pizza Shack pulls up a seat for any champion citizen who craves the consumption of a piping-hot meal in a pipingly unpretentious atmosphere. If you're in the mood for a bear fight, hang a fang on "The Shack Attack," a carnivorous pizza coated in pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, shredded steak, pulled pork, a zookeeper, red onion, and a drizzle of barbecue sauce ($19 for a large). For a lighter meal, peruse the menu for single-serve slices ($2.50) and appetizers such as jalapeno dippers ($4.75), breadsticks ($3.75), and personal calzones with your choice of three toppings ($4.75).
With a commitment to stellar service and freshly prepare fare, Camy's serves up a menu that includes a vast selection of items from pizzas to pastas, burgers, salads, and steak sandwiches. Though a master will deliver the restaurant's tasty treats to customers in midtown and downtown, hungry citizens roaming around with a hankering for fine fare can stop in at Camy's dining room and feast on barbecue wings ($8.49) or a meatball sub ($7.49 for 8"). The restaurant is open every day and open late for those who refuse to acknowledge clocks.