Praised for its fresh fish and hearty portions, Cirella's serves up a diverse menu of classic Italian dishes and made-to-order sushi rolls. Hew mouth-sized morsels of pollo arrosto ($19)—a grilled chicken breast served over arugula and fresh rosemary—or return the gawking stares of a cluster of gaping clams with an order of linguine and vongole ($14+), glazed with white clam or traditional red sauce. A selection of raw and cooked sushi rolls, meanwhile, allows diners to sweep taste buds from Italy to Japan like stowaways on Tom Hanks' private biplane. Bite into colorful cylinders such as an avocado roll ($7) or the more elaborate Black Dragon roll ($14), swirled with shrimp tempura, asparagus, avocado, and crowned with slivers of eel. During happy hour, diners can pair their savory entrées with half-priced drinks.
At Molino's Ristorante, owner and native Italian Kanuccio Purisico captivates diners with a menu of mouthwatering Northern Italian fare. Dishes of calamari fritti ($10.50) and clams oreganato ($8.50) entice appetites, and burbling waterfalls beckon outdoors as patrons transport themselves to the sunny Adriatic without paying exorbitant transatlantic taxi rates. Mealtime maestros dazzle guests with authentic dishes such as the lambata di vitello alla griglia ($29.50), a grilled veal chop accessorized with hot cherry peppers and mushrooms, or the rollatine melanzane ($18.50), ricotta cheese rolled into thinly sliced eggplant and topped with tomato sauce. The impressive bill of fare also satisfies hankerings for ocean-fresh eats with seafood such as the salmone onde e terra ($24.50), a cut of broiled salmon luxuriously lounging in a rich cognac sauce with a posse of peas, prosciutto, and mushrooms.
• One appetizer (up to an $11.95 value) • Two entrees (up to a $45.90 value) • Two drinks (up to a $15.90 value) In Anthony's Trattoria's honey-hued dining room, diners share pizzas, pastas, seafood spreads, or meat-centric entrees from a dinner menu brimming with Italian classics. Kick off elegant chow-downs with a starter of bruschetta alla trattoria—a chorus line of tomato, basil, and smoked mozzarella belting Italian arias on a stage of toasted bread ($6.95)—before tongue diving into the traditional-style margherita (9.95) or arugula-and-prosciutto pizza ($12.95). Friends can spar with forkfuls of spaghetti carbonara ($14.95) or settle into communal ownership of veal piccata, a tender cut of milk-fed beef sprinkled with capers, butter, and fresh lemon ($17.95). Glasses of wine (up to $7.95/glass) act as liquid sidekicks to meals, allowing couples to toast to their evening out, their relationship, or Newton's law of fermentation.
Locally produced artwork lines the walls of this charming neighborhood café, and organic, fair-trade coffees fill the air with frothy fragrances. The life cycle of each health-conscious menu item is quite short, as each selection is made to order and swiftly served to the detachable jaws of voracious vertebrates. Accelerate over midday speed bumps with an asian chicken salad, tossed with mandarin-orange-ginger dressing ($7.95). A signature espresso drink, such as the white-berry mocha, tickles tired brains back to life with an uncommon combo of chocolate and fruit flavors ($3.10 for 16 oz.). At dinnertime, bacon-starved stomachs can be sated with a filet mignon in a demi-glace sauce, floating in clouds of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes ($19.95). Menu items and drink lists change regularly, so stop in to Cgrape and see what’s cooking, brewing, and pouring.
Upscale American cuisine unites with an extensive wine list at Wylds Cafe, and it's all administered by a talented kitchen staff. Their menu catalogs elegant entrees such as peppered Hawaiian tuna with sweet potato chips and soy butter sauce garnished with pickled ginger and wasabi. They also prepare braised cranberry barbecue boneless short ribs. Both the wine menu and the 30-strong beer list showcase imported and domestic libations, from The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc originating in New Zealand to Flying Dog's Doggy-Style pale ale. When it comes to aesthetics, the restaurant matches the cuisine in its panache. Rich but dark reds and browns cover the walls and allow blue sconces and colorful paintings—both abstract and grounded in everyday scenery—to pop with vivacity. White linens drape the tables, and track lighting precludes interruption by an obstreperous genie.