At La Estufa, guests look on as chefs in the open kitchen chop, simmer, and stir Italian, American, and vegetarian dishes, including many made from organic ingredients. Homemade burgers and fish such as salmon and red snapper lounge on plates beneath an awning in hues of burgundy and vanilla. The dining room’s brick walls overlook pastas slathered with pesto, vodka, and calamari sauces, and breakfasts cloaked in real maple syrup leave diners no excuse for fistfights with trees. In cool glasses, Gus sodas and organic Apple & Eve juices parade alongside brimming plates.
Drivers leaving Famous Pizza Express wait for their cars to fill with aromatic steam that hints at the contents of warm boxes. The vapors suggest pastas, calzones, and pizzas crowned with toppings including breaded chicken, meatballs, broccoli, and fresh garlic. Massive trays of chicken parmigiana and gnocchi are ideal for feeding partygoers or convincing an IRS auditor that you really do have 11 dependent Italian grandmothers.
A blue awning and handwritten sandwich boards modestly announce the presence of Aquamarina Restaurant and hint at a menu geared to seafood and daily specials. The chefs toss delicate shellfish in cream or wine-based sauces and char the flesh of unrepentant predatory fish on the grill. Weekly lunch specials and early-bird dinners pair classic dishes such as veal parmigiana with soup, and most poultry entrees arrive with a helping of linguine, regardless of the date and time. House-made bread, crab cakes, and tartar sauce to accompany them reveal the kitchen's attention to detail, as does the option of pastas made with whole-wheat or white flour
Umbertos Clam House piles on heaping portions of classic Italian seafood and pasta specialties along with savory steaks and chops, catering to patrons craving homemade family flavors. Divvy up a half-dozen cold-water oysters eager to ride throat rollycoasters while perusing possibilities such as homemade lobster ravioli, pork chops with vinegar peppers, or shrimp scampi over rice. Sip on homemade sangria or a variety of cocktails, specialty drinks, and wines while treating your ears to live music on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Whether you're dining with friends, a loved one, or flanked by imaginary monsters that won't ever leave, Umbertos provides a lively dining environment featuring high ceilings and nautical décor. See the online menu for more details and prices.