A trip to Portofino, Italy, changed the lives of the family behind Portofino Coal Fired Pizza. It was in that town that they learned the secrets of making spectacular pizza in a coal-fired oven, and it was because of that experience that they returned to the United States and opened up their own restaurant serving coal-fired pizzas. The crusts are topped with more than two dozen ingredients, including sliced hot cherry peppers, saut?ed broccoli rabe, coal-fired chicken, and laser-beam-heated mushrooms, before being placed into the unique oven that helped earn the eatery a Certificate of Excellence from the stomachs at TripAdvisor. Additionally, chefs hand-roll meatballs to pair with pasta dishes and build sandwiches like eggplant parmigiana, which can be paired with appetizers, salads, or soup.
Devon Seafood and Steak House is a chic but casual neighborhood restaurant, offering a variety of surf and turf specialties inside a yawning almost 300-seat space. Guests are invited to take a seat at the honey-toned butcher-block tables or fall into saddle-brown leather banquettes, noshing on warm biscuits as a filling appetizer. Of course, the main stars inside this chic space are the entrées, particularly those of the ocean-going variety. Lobster rolls and a dominating lobster Cobb salad make for perfectly decadent options, while seared steaks appeal to landlocked eaters. With locations across the United States, this Sherri Lane outpost sets itself apart thanks to its extensive menus and kitchen creativity. Guests can dine in for upscaled dinners, weekend lunches, brunches or private parties, while a bar provides snacks and cocktails. Gluten-free and vegetarians can also eat well at Devon’s, and the staff is happy to accommodate nearly any desire.
The specialty at this Latin-inspired eatery is tostones, thick slices of fresh plantain that chefs fry twice to produce a warm, crisp flavor. This is just one of the traditional recipes they perfect, in addition to sizzling shrimp fajitas and skewers of seared churrasco-style beef. If you can't make up your mind, try the appetizer combo that includes a tasty assortment of plantains, quesadillas, and sausage, or combos with two types of protein. The desserts also draw inspiration from Latin tradition. Diners can satisfy their sweet tooth with syrup-sweet caramel flan or a spicy rum cake topped with custard.