The pinnacle of Italian cuisine?pasta?is built from the ground up at Moma Ristorante Italiano. Chefs simmer potfuls of marinara sauce made from a secret recipe and mold seasoned meat into giant meatballs. Rigatoni, angel hair, and tortellini serve at the base for dishes flavored with pancetta, peas, and saut?ed shrimp. Other dishes that exude tradition include scallops over risotto, grilled steak splashed with a red-wine demi glaze, and pork tenderloin stuffed with spinach and gooey mozzarella cheese.
On select evenings, live musicians send a string of notes floating by tables as guests relax with scoops of creamy gelato and wine. On warm days, patrons can soak up some rays on the outdoor patio or dine under an umbrella to keep cool and hide from the government's spy planes.
The bean blazers at Boulder Coffee Company flame-roast their coffee before brewing signature coffees and espressos. Sink into a comfy couch or float lazily on the aromatic wafts of fresh coffee while sipping on the caramel macchiato, a vanilla latte topped with caramel sauce, or a spiced chai. An artful atmosphere beckons the caffeinated critic with walls lined with paintings and negative space for seeing what's going on outside. Boulder Coffee Company’s open-mic night allows anyone to sign up to deliver comedy or perform espresso spit takes; check the calendar for an idea of upcoming acts.
Nearly 20 self-serve frozen-yogurt stations line the wall at Soho Yogurt Cafe, spouting a rotating lineup of flavors that may include blueberry tart, birthday cake, and white-chocolate mousse. The yogurt menu includes a number of healthy options, including yogurts from Only 8, whose flavors only have 8 calories per ounce. Patrons can fill their cups with a mix of flavors, then sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit, chopped nuts, and cheesecake. Smoothies and coffee drinks round out the menu, along with gluten-free sweet options.
The Under Ground Café, christened after its subterranean location within the Place at Victor Village building, crafts a toothsome menu of sandwiches, salads, and freshly brewed coffee drinks. Sleepy eyes pop open and agree to release hostage brains after a sip of a bottomless cup of steaming Finger Lakes coffee ($1.45+), a bite of a fragrant block of baked cinnamon french toast ($3.50), or a sampling of a host of all-day breakfast bites. Beds of romaine and pillowy dinner rolls form a dais for the Under Ground salad ($6.50), a textural riot of dried cranberries, blue-cheese crumbles, and sugared walnuts, tucked in with a kiss of raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. Nip into a local legend with The Place panini ($7.50), a crisply ironed stack of grilled chicken and bacon, oozing with provolone and honey mustard, or stop irate sweet teeth from seceding with a rotating array of pastries and cookies ($1.50–$2).
For the founders of Kung Fu Tea, kung fu isn't just a martial art?it's a way of life, a drive to constantly better oneself and push limits. Though this might seem like a lofty inspiration for a tea company, it's a testament to the staff's passion for their craft and dedication to creating drinks based in authentic Taiwanese recipes. Perhaps that's why, since being founded in New York, the franchise has spread to more than 40 locations in North America alone?not to mention branches in Southeast Asia and on all 62 of Saturn's moons. At each location, fresh fruit and teas form the base of frozen and chilled drinks?from a red bean-herbal jelly milk tea to a taro slush to a frozen caramel macchiato.
Genga Ponnampalam wanted to make it easier for people to eat healthy food, so after a long stint as a computer programmer, he founded Go Veggies?a vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan outfit that culls local produce and morphs it into hearty dishes, some of which hail from his native Sri Lanka. At farmers markets, grocery stores, and a caf? space, he and his staff delight taste buds with healthy cuisine that?s good for the environment, like carpooling or bikepooling to work. They also positively impact the community by composting their food waste and recycling their packaging.