On warm days, Brando's Pizza & Ice Cream Stand attracts visitors with ice cream, soft serve, and other frosty treats. Visitors can sit outdoors to savor the sweets or walk to nearby Como Lake Park. Although the spot is popular in the summertime, patrons visit Brando's year-round for pasta dishes, subs, and Buffalo-style pizzas with toppings such as sirloin tip steak or chicken tenders.
Matt Dombrowski opened Magruders more than 22 years ago, and ever since, it’s been serving the public’s need for hearty pub food and drinks. The menu of crispy apps, build-your-own-burgers, and sauced-up buffalo wings complements pours from the bar, which diners can enjoy inside or out on the patio amid fresh air and attention-seeking trees. At the end of each week, the pub entertains guests with comedy, music, or drink promotions.
Standalone favorites such as chicken fingers, tacos, and steak transform into pizza toppings at Gerace's Broadway Pizzeria, allowing guests to satisfy multiple comfort-food cravings at once. Along with these specialty pizzas, guests can order traditional pies—sized from personal pies to party sheets—piled with any combination of classic Italian toppers, such as meatballs, mushrooms, spinach, and green peppers. Wings, hot and cold subs, calzones, and tacos round off the menu of party snacks.
The time-tested Italian dishes populating Avezzano Ristorante’s menu span generations, having been passed down throughout the years, according to metroWNY. Prelude feasts with plates of jalapeño ravioli ($6.95), whose breaded-and-fried shells are drizzled in a rich red-pepper coulis. Sautéed with fresh mushrooms and herbs, succulent cuts of chicken ($14.95) or veal ($18.95) sail down tongues on the surging currents of a marsala-wine demi-glace. Sage-brown-butter sauce buoys pan-roasted cod filets ($18.95) sheathed in a thick almond crust designed to fend off oceanic predators and plastic silverware. Crown sated bellies with one of eight decadent meal closers, such as a pillowy cream puff ($4.95) or a slice of peanut-butter pie ($5.95).
The menu of old-fashioned fare, such as made-to-order subs atop just-baked bread, is as fresh as a caveman emerging from a block of ice. The café's long list of namesake sandwiches come in three sizes to accommodate munchers of every magnitude, ranging from classic turkey ($5.59 for a medium), tuna ($5.59 for a medium), and veggie ($4.49 for a medium) varieties to gussied-up grub such as meatballs in marinara with mozzarella ($5.99 for a medium). Those raised by a family of cured meats can reunite with a savory surrogate Godfather, which is piled high with genoa salami, capicola, and spicy ham ($5.99 for a medium).
When diners step into The Pomegranate and see kebabs, rice, and flatbreads decorating the menu, they might expect a typical Mediterranean meal. But the scent in the air should soon convince them otherwise. In the kitchen, chefs surprise nostrils and taste buds with Persian cooking's subtle combinations of herbs and mild spices, such as dried lime, rose water, pomegranate paste, and mint, combined according to secret family recipes in order to create a delicate, full flavor that dances across the palate. Their stews—including the signature chicken stew with walnut and pomegranate—simmer for hours, and house marinades result in tender, tongue-mesmerizing kebabs from fresh chicken, beef, and lamb. Yet not all the magic happens out of sight. The chefs grill their meats over an open flame before diners' eyes, hypnotizing, beckoning, and grabbing their attention without using cartoon hands made out of smoke. To maintain its authenticity, The Pomegranate imports its basmati rice and stocks the kitchen with fresh and healthy ingredients, which it transforms into meals for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.