Cinelli's its menu of traditional Italian eats with an assortment of locally and organically grown ingredients. Broccoli rabe and melted fontina cheese ornament an appetizer of grilled beefsteak tomatoes ($7), piquing appetites and inspiring innovative Christmas-tree-decoration ideas. Chefs cover a plethora of 12-inch piada flatbreads with grilled chicken and fresh mozzarella ($8) or breaded and fried eggplant ($8). Black-tiger shrimp, string beans and sun-dried tomatoes tossed in garlic and oil brodetto slumber on a vegetable-infused risotto bed ($16), and 12-inch thin-crusted artisan pizzas topped with a variety of meats, cheeses, and veggies ($10+) nourish feasters in groups of two or three.
The staff at D'Cocco's Restaurant & Pizzeria understands the value of a good family meal. Since 1988, they've maintained a place where local families do just that, with specialty pizzas and other tasty Italian favorites. Pies here stay interesting, with options that include everything from signature pepperoni to bacon-chicken-cheddar-ranch and the baked ziti pizza. Along with sharing family-style Italian meals and pizzas, D'Cocco's extends its commitment to the community by sponsoring Little League and softball teams and donating food to numerous local events.
By the Rock Pizza & Gyro has dished out American, Italian, and Greek dishes from its Saint Albans kitchen for more than a quarter century. Deluxe six-ounce cheeseburgers join sandwiches such as meatball parmesan heroes and gyros with tzatziki sauce. The cooks also fire specialty pizzas such as the Grandma, which tops crushed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with leaves of basil. By the Rock caters special events throughout the area, such as weddings or Thursdays.
Patsy Grimaldi wasn?t like other boys his age. While his friends busied themselves playing baseball and balancing checkbooks, Patsy studied pizza-making under the tutelage of his uncle Patsy Lancieri. By the time Grimaldi was old enough to open a pizzeria of his own, he had perfected a recipe for fragrant tomato sauce and mastered the art of baking ultra-crispy crusts. As word of his pizza-making talents spread across New York, Patsy?s pizzeria attracted long lines and a variety of celebrity devotees including Bill Cosby, Bob Costas, and Frank Sinatra. Allegedly, Sinatra was so impressed by Patsy?s brick-oven pies that he regularly called in orders from his place in Vegas.
Today, Grimaldi?s Pizzerias have sprouted up across the country and earned accolades from Time magazine and Lonely Planet. Chefs continue to shower thin crusts in Pasty?s secret sauce along with handmade mozzarella and fresh toppings. They bake the pizzas in coal-fired brick ovens, faithfully following the tradition started by uncle Lancieri more than 80 years ago. Diners enjoy pies and brews in casual dining rooms where red-checkered tablecloths cover tables and NYC-inspired artwork decorates walls.
Gallery Pizza serves pizza dough two ways: in the traditional flat crust manner and by rolling it. Depending on whether you like to see your ingredients or have them hidden, both options are bedecked with anything from saut?ed spinach to chicken cutlets and ricotta cheese. And when it comes to building pasta dishes, chefs stick to classic recipes found all over Italy. They saut? chicken in a marsala wine sauce and tuck veal under a blanket of tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. Shrimp scampi and sausage and peppers are also on the menu, as well as homemade meatballs with tomato sauce. If people don?t feel like making the drive to the eatery, the staff will happily deliver pizza and pastas to customers? front stoop or treehouse.
Established in 1965 by Italian brothers lured westward by the American dream, Umberto's Restaurant & Pizzeria is less of a eatery and more of an institution. The award-winning pizza has lured the likes of Mayor Giuliani to the original location, which has since spawned several more. No matter the locale, a Tuscan-style ambiance is permeated with the scents of seafood marinara, veal parmigiana, and pizzas that come in Sicilian and Neapolitan styles, among others.