The chefs at Allegro Grille plate up a lively menu of culinary compositions authentic to both northern and southern Italy. Swimming with seafood, the popular zupetta appetizer bathes steamed shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, and fresh tomatoes in a garlic white-wine sauce ($13.50), and the romantic ravioli dell amore comes stuffed with sautéed spinach and a three-cheese love triangle ($17.50). Sautéed chicken breast mingles among mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and flambéd wine sauce in the pollo marsala ($19.50), and the veal Giuseppe's meaty medallions ($24.50) proudly decorate the jacket of the evening's hungriest hero.
Luigi's Restaurant made its debut more than 20 years ago, and?despite a location change?it has been plating up traditional Italian cuisine ever since. Its time-tested menu spotlights staples such as homemade vegetable ravioli, veal scampi in wine sauce, and chicken fantasia topped with spinach, ricotta, and marinara sauce. Chefs also add paninis and meatballs sandwiches to the mix during lunchtime. This BYOB eatery can even send staffers to cater offsite festivities such as weddings or birthday parties for folks living entirely off the grid.
Touting itself as a family restaurant, Cafe Lombardi's serves up a variety of Italian cuisine inside its homey, low-lit dining room. At the BYOB eatery, diners can dig into chicken and veal dishes such as chicken Siciliana and veal cacciatore, pasta entrees including shrimp Alfredo and Gnocchi Mamma Lombardi, and personal pizzas. Earth-tone tablecloths backdrop these dishes on tables, complementing the vines of greenery creeping down the walls like Ned from accounting when he forgot his office keycard.
When Benito Marcantuono opened his pizzeria in 1999, he chose the name Soprano's because he has a fondness for music. Three months before, however, the HBO series The Sopranos premiered, and its popularity helped this little pizzeria gain a following. That following has stayed with the eatery, due to its vast menu, which lists something for virtually anyone. New York–style pizzas, pasta, hoagies, and calzones present a wide portion of the Italian-food spectrum. Specialty pizzas take on unusual toppings such as provolone cheese, cheesesteak, and hot sauce—making for menu items that are unexpected and delicious, like a plot twist on The Sopranos.
Candida's Pizza?s chefs make gourmet pizzas for every meal of the day. The classic American breakfast of bacon, eggs, and cheese joins a ladle of white sauce atop crusts on the breakfast pizza. The creative ingredient combinations continue with a bacon-cheeseburger pie and an eggplant-parmesan-inspired pizza. The chefs also build an expansive collection of hot and cold sandwiches that range from an oven-toasted tuna-salad hoagie to a chicken-gyro sandwich. And just like any respectable Italian eatery or napkin-stain-a-torium, Candida?s Pizza serves baked ziti and ravioli with meatballs.