Tomato sauce basks in lochs of extra-virgin olive oil atop the tomato pie, a thin-crust creation that Pomodoro’s channels from the osterias of Italy. Sicilian-style and mozzarella-spotted margharita pies round out the menu’s pizza selection alongside a variety of Italian cuisine, from gourmet pastas and handheld paninis to desserts such as homemade profiteroles. Crimson walls reflect off Formica tabletops within the cozy dining room, where an exhibition kitchen enables diners to view the chefs’ culinary prowess or to engage them in games of peekaboo.
Chefs at Fat Tony's populate a family-friendly menu with bubbling pizzas, brimming subs, and classic Italian entrees. Pizzas are tossed fresh daily with handmade dough, including slices of inside-out deep-fried pizza ($4.25+), sicilian cheese pies ($13) that arrive bare but for creamy mozzarella and zesty sauce, and 13 different gourmet pies ($10.50–$16) bearing toppings such as prosciutto, pineapple, or pesto. Seven ounces of thinly sliced sirloin fill each steak sandwich ($5.50−$7) and the verdant vegetarian sandwich ($6) cultivates a garden of spinach, peppers, and broccoli inside its gate of fresh italian bread. Venerable Italian dinners such as sliced eggplant or chicken cutlet parmesan ($9.50) preside over debates between forks and tablecloths to see who can throw the most food on the floor.
Chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi, eggplant parmesan. More than 30 housemade pasta dishes emerge from the kitchen every night at Piccolo Trattoria of Newtown. Chefs scatter pistachio nuts and goat cheese into fettuccine, smother penne with baby shrimp and pesto cream sauce, and cover fusilli with oyster and shiitake mushrooms.
Earlier in the day, however, these recipes take on a different form: they become pizzas. During lunch, chefs whip up more than 20 gourmet pies, crowning them with classic pasta ingredients alongside non-Italian flavors such as taco and cheesesteak fixings. Besides tossing noodles and flinging dough, the BYOB eatery's chefs cook salmon in a port wine reduction and sauté veal with figs and mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce.
There is no one way to make a pie at Nino's Trattoria & Pizzeria. Chefs leave off the cheese with the Old Fashion pizza, and build the Trenton tomato pizza by first layering the cheese atop a crust, and then slathering on the plum tomato sauce. They double the crust and tuck all the fixings of a cheesesteak sandwich inside a stuffed pie, and completely encase toppings in dough to make a calzone. There are also square, thick-crust pies and taco pizzas, regional specialties from opposite sides of the globe. The extensive Italian offerings include pasta and chicken dishes served with four types of noodles, and panini sandwiches flattened in a professional panini maker or the hands of a sumo wrestler.
Rick DeLorenzo Jr.'s family inheritance is more than just a recipe for thin-crust pizza—it's a tradition of hard work and dedication. After emigrating from a small Italian town called San Fele, his grandparents settled in a row home on Hudson Street in Trenton. They raised 12 children there, all of whom became well-versed in the application of elbow grease. Circa 1938, DeLorenzo's uncle Joe opened the first family pizzeria at the corner of Hudson and Mott Streets. Four of the older brothers formulated the signature Trenton tomato-pie recipe—a supercrispy thin crust topped with garden-fresh california tomatoes and wisconsin cheese—and passed it on to four younger brothers, including DeLorenzo's father. Today, the pizzaiolo duties are carried on by DeLorenzo and his children, Michael, Melissa, and Maria.
The menu at DeLorenzo's Pizza has earned high praise in several newspaper articles and a spot on Dash’s list of America's best slices. After enjoying a tomato pie, Rich Defabritus of the Slice food blog said, "The balance struck between the sauce and cheese is about as close to perfection as you could get." Wood-paneled walls and old-timey memorabilia give the restaurant a nostalgic, throwback vibe, similar to the pizza parlor where Frank Sinatra first read a menu with his famously blue-tinted contact lenses.
Helmed by Vinny and Antonio Mannino, Mannino’s Family Restaurant offers diners the simple pleasures of Italian cuisine prepared by experienced chefs. Pizza-making pros toss doughy discs to craft more than 25 Sicilian and gourmet pies, topped with the likes of steak, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Veal nine ways includes classic preparations of piccata and marsala, stuffed pastas are filled with manicotti and meat confetti, and a kids’ menu is home to swirl-able plates piled with spaghetti and meatballs