Calda Pizzeria & Restaurant’s extensive menu of pizzas, piles of pasta, and burgers parades past gleaming tables flaunting time-tested Italian flavors. Diners can share 18-inch chicken-club pizzas ($21.95) decorated with produce, bacon, and ranch dressing, or guard their own personal-size eggplant-and-ricotta pies ($9.95) from herbivorous velociraptors. The Pizzeria burger ($9.95) merges the best of both worlds by draping a half-pound slab of Angus beef in homemade tomato sauce and a mantle of melted mozzarella. Linguine fruti di mare ($17.95) lets a school of mussels, calamari, and shrimp play Marco Polo in a pool of marinara sauce, and california penne with sun-dried tomatoes, grilled chicken, and broccoli spears ($12.95) lobs crisp fistfuls of veggies like a farmer on a Carnival float. The Levittown eatery features soft lighting and a row of burnt-sienna stools, and windows at the Hicksville establishment admit cascades of natural light.
True to its name, Crossroads marks the intersection of two seemingly dissimilar hangouts: it houses an elegant dining room clad in black linens and yellow wall sconces where pastas, steaks, and seafood are served, as well as a sports bar stocked with pub grub. As Crossroads' famous marinated skirt steak and seafood fra diavolo top plates in the dining room, the bar's 15 TVs—each one baked fresh that day in time for the game—join a jukebox in wooing eyes and ears. Special events include visits from a local medium who tries to connect clients with the afterlife, get-togethers to cheer on the Rangers and Jets, and holiday meals.
Owner James Mollitor personally selects each ingredient that graces the tables at Galleria Ristorante. Preface a Northern-Italian meal with antipasti such as prosciutto di parma, sliced thin and served with melon ($12.50). Veal scallopine Galleria's slow-braised savoriness smothers appetites with wine sauce ($28.50), and the tender beef fillets of the tournedos Barbera recline lazily with sliced mushrooms, absorbing the delicate flavors of the barbera sauce ($34.50). Galleria Ristorante's classic pasta dishes provide 100% of a daily carb requirement with elongated fare such as fettuccine alfredo and linguine with clams, garlic, and olive oil in a choice of red or white sauce ($19.50 each). Finish up with a slice of amaretto cake ($7) and a complimentary postprandial cordial.
Tutankhamun: "Wonderful Things" from the Pharaoh's Tomb invites history buffs to travel back in time to explore the boy-king's majestic tomb and more than 130 replicas of the afterlife travel necessities buried with him. These stunning artifacts, such as his funerary mask, mummification couch, weapons, tools, favorite toaster, and more, reveal a fascinating story of ancient Egypt and the Pharaoh's place in it. With deciphered hieroglyphs guiding the way, visitors journey through the splendor of King Tut's burial place and gain insights into Egyptian politics, beliefs, and culture during the reign of the 18th Dynasty.
For almost half a century, Rose and Frank DiMartino and their equally able staff have been unfurling handrolled Neapolitan and Sicilian crusts, piled high with pizza-appropriate ingredients. Using family recipes brought over from Napoli, the brick oven torch is now carried stalwartly forward by their four children. Thin- and thick- rimmed crusts are laden with old standbys, including sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, anchovies, and peppers found on the Pappardelle’s supreme ($19.95/neopolitan) or more elaborate garnishments like fresh eggplant ($17.50/neopolitan). Beyond sauce-ensconced saucers, Pappardelle's invites diners to orally explore Italy with fresh salads ($6.25–$13.95), pasta al forno ($9.25–$14.95), and meaty entrees ($7.95–$20.75).
On the façade of Buongusto PieSanos hangs a neon-sculpted slice of pizza, its tip sagging under the weight of cheese, toppings, and the softness of hand-tossed dough. It's a fair of depiction of one of the restaurant's signature offerings—hearty Italian-style pies topped with ingredients including eggplant, baked ziti, or chicken parmigiana. Classic pastas and sandwiches join their circular brethren, and gluten-free and whole-wheat pasta options are available for diners with gluten sensitivity or investments tied up in wheat futures.