Instead of making another pedestrian pie, Pizza 1's chefs put in the effort to hand-stretch crusts, import olive oil, and use Grande cheese, an Italian mozzarella that originates from high-quality dairy farms. This above-the-call effort has made them the most preferred pie in the area—Pizza 1 was selected as 2012’s Best Pizza by readers of the Tri Boro Patch. Their award might also derive from their selection of 36 specialty pies—one for each hour it would take the DMV to make one specialty pie. That selection includes bruschetta, eggplant rollatini, and a Belly Buster with meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and veggies. The menu expands far beyond pizza, however, also including hot subs and Angus burgers, as well as gourmet salads and pasta dinners.
The Little Food Cafe’s cooks assemble sauce-slathered chicken-pesto press sandwiches, fresh salads, and mile-high meatloaf in a charming café setting. Midday hunger pangs meet their match in refreshing entrees such as the avocado club, a bacon-and-avocado bundle that fires up tongues more than trilling the first words of their high-school fight song. Greens include Italian-style salads strewn with bite-size eggplant and provolone and taco salads adorned with ground turkey, cheddar, tomato, avocado, and tortilla strips. Alternately, evening eaters can avail themselves of appetizers such as meat-filled rice balls, fish such as honey-dijon-glazed salmon, and down-home entrees such as mile-high meatloaf.
No Man's Land Pizza & Grill's dough spinners quell saucy appetites with crispy thin-crust pies, slinging circular comestibles for dine-in or carryout. The menu bursts with slices, fractioning pizza and providing practice for upcoming geometry tests with flavors such as buffalo chicken, hawaiian, and the NY White, which layers spinach and tomatoes atop a garlic sauce and a sprinkling of ricotta and mozzarella cheese ($14.50–$26.99 depending on size and crust). A thin crust or Sicilian-style's thick, bready base serves as a foundation for customized pizza creations ($14.99 for a 16" thin crust or a small sicilian pan, $2–$3 for each topping), decorating dough in 21 edible accessories, such as pepperoni, blue cheese, diamonds, and pineapple.
Nature's Pavilion has inspired healthful hankerings since 1961 with a cornucopia of nutritious organic and vegan foodstuffs as well as natural health and body care products. Stock up on by-the-pound breakfast fodder such as the organic raisin-bran cereal ($0.79/oz.) for a heart-healthy breakfast undisturbed by nosy toucans. Herbivores and omnivores have ample access to ground-grown goodies such as Eden canned organic black beans ($2.59) and Woodstock Farms whole pod edamame ($9.99), as well as earth-derived vegan delicacies such as Dr. Praeger's italian veggie burger ($5.09) and carrots made from real carrots. Customers who prefer their meals meaty yet ethical quell hunger with Organic Valley boneless chicken breasts ($12.99/lb.) and Boves of Vermont organic meatballs ($9.99/lb.).
Conturso's Market pleases palates with a medley of gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, paninis, and other custom treats crafted with flavorful, homemade ingredients. The value of today's Groupon can be used toward Conturso's groceries—which include fresh pastas and specialty cooking ingredients—or toward the expansive daily lunch menu, teeming with tasties ideal for midday meals or late-night leftover parades. Quench protein cravings with the hand-rolled, 18-inch meat pie ($17.95), topped with a hearty trio of pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs, or keep it simple with the margherita pizza ($16.95), a mozzarella, basil, and olive oil–imbued disk that's fun to catch between the teeth during frisbee games. Grilled mushrooms and caramelized onions bolster the fluffy bread of John's portobello delight sandwich ($6.95 for small), while lean meat receives a tight, supportive hug in the roasted turkey panini ($7.45).
With live music every weekend of the year and a wall plastered with a Joe Strummer banner, Bardi’s Grill’s prevalent rock 'n' roll theme stands in contrast to its genre-defying menu. Eclectic eats run the gamut from classic Americana—including half-pound burgers on kaiser rolls—to Italian meals of eggplant lasagna and thin-crust pizza. The international menu not only draws from the US and Italy but also the ocean in between, with a tangle of linguine topped with shrimp, calamari, mussels, and other seafood much tastier than once-common fillets of tugboat. Weekly specials ranging from sizzling steaks to discounted three-course meals add an element of surprise to the menu, along with a Monday–Friday happy hour.
The team at Sweetalicious Cafe bakes all 14 flavors of ice cream in-house, just like the rest of the sweet treats on the menu. They swirl frothy peaks of frosting on top of cupcakes, and they decorate their cake pops to suit the season or to make them look like brussels sprouts. Several treats can be made gluten-free, including fudge brownies.
Sweetalicious Cafe's staff welcomes customers dig into their selections in a retro-style eatery with a checkerboard floor and turquoise walls. 45 single records adorn those walls—which could also be said of Wayne Gretzky's shed.