Gabriella's serves up a menu of customizable pizzas alongside classic Italian pastas, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. A starter of crispy calamari ($6.95) primes taste buds for entrees such as chicken marsala served with pasta and italian bread ($8.95). An 18-inch pizza arrives fresh from the oven with an array of toppings ($10.50), such as pepperoni, banana peppers, and spinach ($1.50 each), while a personal pizza ($5.25), like a studio apartment, offers the freedom to arrange toppings ($0.75 each) however you'd like within 10 inches of personal space. Diners can twist fettuccine alfredo around forks with a choice of chicken or shrimp ($8.95–$9.95) before ending meals on a sweet note with a homemade cannoli ($2.75).
For the past 20 years, the chefs at Sammios Italian have been perfecting a luscious meat-sauce recipe. The rich tomato gravy studded with tender, savory meat arrives at tables over platters of noodles—spaghetti, lasagna, and ziti, to be specific. In addition to pasta, the chefs marinate pork chops in their own seasoning blend and bread eggplant before smothering it with parmesan cheese. In addition to the dining room, meals are also served amid fresh air on the patio. There, servers continue to roll out dishes such as rib-eye steaks stamped with the USDA’s seal of approval—the outline of a cow waving a white flag.
Even the most inexperienced pizza architects can build-their-own slices of heaven using Marco's abundant arsenal of pizza toppings such as Italian sausage, mushrooms, pineapple, and anchovies. Scope out Marco's menu in person or try their easy online ordering system, which lets hungry web-crawlers specify the amount of cheese and sauce they'd like slapped on top of freshly baked crusts and homemade sauce. For a finishing touch, pair the edible masterpiece with a complimentary sprinkle of crust seasoning or a side of Ranch dressing. Marco's oven overseers are able to prepare pizzas in 15 minutes upon request, providing a quick solution for feeding hungry packs of ninjas, turtles, and ninja-turtle hybrids.
Led by owner and head chef Liz Varnedoe, Bella Villa’s culinary wizards continue their nearly quarter-century-long tradition of crafting made-to-order Sicilian dishes, which populate a fresh, ever-evolving menu. Warm up digestive engines with a scale re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood log cabin constructed of Italian cheese sticks ($5.95) before diving into eggplant parmigiana ($8.95) or meat-laden gnocchi bolognese ($9.95). Specialty pizzas include the protein-packed Bella Villa Special, loaded with pepperoni, meatballs, and sausage ($16 for a large), and the cheesivore-pleasing white pizza topped with ricotta and mozzarella ($12 for a large). The eatery’s affinity for its clientele is reflected in menu selections suggested by and named after loyal customers, including Lee’s lobster ravioli ($14.95) and Wallace’s complimentary glass of water.
Napoli Italian Restaurant proudly boasts on its website a pair of well-earned accolades: Best Italian Food and Favorite Romantic Meal in Union County from the readers of the Enquirer-Journal. The extensive menu fills plates with fettuccine alfredo, cheese tortellini, and shrimp scampi. Chefs pop pizzas in the oven and char-grill filet mignon. Handhelds include half-pound burgers and hot oven subs. The romantic atmosphere is enhanced with wooden beams that crisscross the ceiling, and bulky wooden partitions that provide privacy between diners.
Since 1974, the cooks at La Strada Pizza & Pasta have layered ingredients one at a time to blend the flavors of basil, garlic, and tomato in lasagnas and parmigianas. Warmth billows from brick ovens where pies adorned with toppings such as pepperoni, pineapple, and fresh garlic bubble. New York–style pizzas support strata of cheese with a crisp crust, and Sicilian pies have the squared-off corners that hold sauce and make them compatible with robot mouths. In the dining room, red and yellow walls coordinate with spaghetti and fettuccine and the flickering glow on couples’ faces as they converse in candlelight.