Restaurants are in Chef Victor Wang's blood—he comes from a family with multiple generations in the industry. Rather than rest on that heritage, he toured Asia and the Americas for more than 20 years, seeking recipes and lessons from numerous chefs specializing in a variety of cuisines.
These days, the critically acclaimed chef injects American flavors into classic Asian cuisine from countries such as China, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia. His menu may include Prince Edward Island mussels doused with holly, basil, and ginger; lemongrass-infused chicken soaked in a coconut curry cooked for hours; and seared sirloin marinated in sesame, soy, and garlic. Chef Victor can often be found in the dining room, explaining the complexity of his dishes and why it's too hard to teach broccoli to roll over.
Strings of lights border the green awning spanning Boulevard Beef & Ale's 75-seat outdoor patio. Indoors, neon signs and televisions cast a warm glow on the wood-paneled bar. Chefs extend this notion of comfort and casualness to the menu, dressing hand-shaped burger patties in nothing but housemade whiskey sauce, horseradish cheddar, and sweatpants, as well as enhancing USDA Choice steaks with freshly prepared tomato-and-feta salad.
No one leaves Ragazzi's New York Style Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant hungry. That's because the chef and kitchen staff are dedicated not only to authenticity in preparing rich fettuccine alfredo and crispy veal parmigiana, but also to generous portions and giant slices of pizza. They toss their pasta with everything from lightly battered and sauteed shrimp to veal and prosciutto, with their sauces being so in demand that they now sell their signature tomato sauces by the jar and tanker.
Amid the dining room's plush booths and tables decorated with the New York City skyline, the wait staff ferries neapolitan pizzas that combine the interweaving flavors of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. Their guests can order pizza slice by slice to get a taste of all 20 toppings, or order entire pies in specialty combinations such as the chicken pomodoro with a creamy lemon sauce or the stuffed meat pie that surrounds its filling with two layers of dough sans sauce.
Pint glasses of Guinness clink as patrons watch touchdowns, goals, and nail-biting shuffleboard tournaments on 18 televisions and dig into shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips, and half-pound Angus burgers. Wood-paneled walls adorned with photos of Ireland surround families sharing Irish potato boat appetizers with bacon, cheddar, and sour cream or competing in the hot-wing challenge to determine which child deserves the biggest allowance. Guests can also take part in pub trivia, weekly karaoke nights, and special events including the annual St. Patrick's Day party.
Lonzalos Pizzeria & Ristorante borrowed the name of the one-time foreman of the Starkey Ranch, Lonzalo “Lonnie” Cannon, whose work ethic and Italian origins inspired the eatery’s culture. The man himself still resides in north Florida at the ripe old age of 95, not too far away to visit owner Scott Cochrane’s homage to his life.
The pizzeria serves regular, deep-dish, and stuffed pies, but also delves extensively into traditional Italian cookery, combining choice pieces of meat and seafood with rich sauces and pasta. The rich scent of cheese and wine wafts through the dining room, though visitors can opt instead to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and potential UFO sightings of alfresco dining on the outdoor patio. The indoor space transforms into a late-night comedy venue on the second Saturday of each month at 10 p.m., hosting a rotating cast of funny-bone ticklers.