The Arcobasso family has a decades-long tradition of success in the restaurant industry. Over the years, they’ve gained popularity with patrons thanks to Italian family specialties made with freshly made sauces. At Domenico's Italian Restaurant & Lounge, the expansive menu includes everything from Italian sausage sandwiches to USDA choice steaks. And, of course, there's plenty of pasta—chicken fettuccine, baked spaghetti, and Hallie's Special, with linguine noodles, veggies, and red wine tomato sauce. Desserts such as the vanilla bean crème brûlée will help you forget about the giant flaming space meatball that's on a collision course with Earth.
Kostaki’s Pizzeria’s cooks hand-toss their dough, lending it an airy texture before stuffing it with mozzarella and cutting it into St. Louis-style squares within its Cherry Hill kitchen. They can customize pizzas with gyro meat, banana peppers, and the piquant sauces that also flavor their chicken wings. They also whip up a 14 specialty pies, such as a BBQ Chicken, Hawaiian, and the Flagstone, which hoists hefty toppings of peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, ham, and italian sausage. The restaurant rounds out its menu with chicken wings, half-pound Angus beef burgers, gyros, and beers from Boulevard and Leinenkugel.
Cafe Berlin fills its kitchen with vegetables, coffee, dairy, free-range eggs, and other natural and organic foods from local farms, including Patchwork Family Farms, Green Hills Harvest Dairy, and Lakota Coffee Company. Breakfast, which is served all day, includes dishes such as Turkish-style eggs, french toast, and pancake burritos—a large pancake that enfolds two scrambled eggs and Patchwork bacon, served with maple syrup. Black-bean quesadillas, burgers with local, organic beef, and housemade soups crown the lunch menu and pair with an array of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Cafe Berlin then reopens daily at 5 p.m. as a bar scene featuring craft beers and cocktails made using the same fresh ingredients they use to make brunch.
Plastic dinosaurs and Godzilla figures dot the sunny dining room, where they hang from the rafters, sit on the counter, and gnaw on table legs. Patrons can gaze at the eclectic decor while listening to live music or tales from the Porch Light storytelling series.
Ashland Pizza and Pub's unassuming redbrick building holds in bold aromas of bubbling cheese, garlic, tomato sauce, and crisping dough. Chefs can stretch their thin-crust pies to diameters of 8 inches, 12 inches, and 16 inches, although a bounty of topping options—including pepperoni, mushrooms, ground beef, black olives, bacon, and pineapple—enables patrons to control the exact height of their pizza. Specialty pizzas include The Eagle Supreme, a hearty creation that incorporates four styles of meat, and are served alongside customizable subs. The pizzeria also makes life a little easier for the busy lunch crowd by having hot slices ready to go from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For diners with time to spare or a physics of baseball exam to study for, Ashland Pizza and Pub hypes a 150-inch projection screen, as well as many other large-screen TVs in the casual sports bar area. Live music is also offered every Friday night starting at 8 p.m.
The kitchen crew at Imo’s Pizza has been decorating slices of South Saint Louis–style pizza—which substitutes provel cheese for mozzarella on a thin crust—since its founding in 1964 by Ed and Margie Imo. Now with more than 90 locations, the business delivers its signature pies throughout the state. The Deluxe piles fresh, never frozen mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and tomatoes over cheese and juxtaposes with the All Meat, whose original thin or thicker crust bolsters sausage, pepperoni, and both canadian and regular bacon.