The staff at John’s Pizza served their first hand tossed pie more than a decade ago and have been twirling dough ever since. Today, the menu contains an array of hot and cold subs, along with baked pasta dishes. Chefs top 16-inch pizzas with crisp veggies and meats such as sliced meatballs. Diners can enjoy slices inside the dining room or take their pizza to go with take-out and delivery options.
Pearl of Lisbon surrounds its guests with glowing lanterns, built-in wine racks, and oil paintings of castles reminiscent of its namesake city while filling plates with traditional Portuguese dishes from a two-part menu. Once seated indoors or outside beneath the grapevine-shaded patio, guests can dine on grilled prawns in a spicy mozambique sauce ($20.95) or flambéed portuguese sausage ($10.95). Daily specials keep things fresh, making use of whatever fresh seafood the chefs could barter that day from entrepreneurial mermen.
Though they all share the same name, all eight of McLoone's Restaurants' locations have their own interior charm. With dining rooms adjacent to off-track betting facilities, McLoone’s Woodbridge Grille and McLoone’s Bayonne Grille are peppered with an energetic ambiance that fills their brightly colored spaces. Televisions at every table keep diners abreast of the results of each race, and the big screens plastered around the restaurants also broadcast NFL, MLB, and college games. Like an indecisive bride’s wedding, each location’s bistro-style menu includes both casual and elegant dishes, from seasoned thai chicken wings and Black Angus burgers to new york strip steak and mango salmon.
The family that owns La Famiglia Pizzeria prepares Italian recipes passed down through the generations. The chefs bake square Sicilian-style pies and thin-crust pan pizzas, layering fresh, housemade dough with flavorful toppings such as meatballs, grilled shrimp, and other proteins. They also toss pasta with made-from-scratch sauces and assemble light paninis or hearty cheesesteaks. In the warmer months, diners can take advantage of outdoor seating.
Red Mango's frozen yogurt has been garnering national attention for more than five years, unlike that musician strumming away next to the foosball table in his basement. The shop earned a place atop Zagat's 2011 lists for Best Smoothie and Frozen Yogurt Chain and Best Healthy Options Among Quick Refreshment Chains. Red Mango showcases its award-winning reputation by dishing up all-natural and gluten-free yogurts—all of which are either low-fat or nonfat—that promote healthy digestive and immune systems with natural probiotics. Friendly staff members are always on hand to whip Ghirardelli dark chocolate, POM pomegranate juice, and seasonal pumpkin spice frozen yogurts into Stevia-sweetened smoothies or parfaits layered with organic granola and fruit. The toppings bar brims with crunchy cereal, cheesecake bits, and nuts, allowing creative customization.
After three generations of pastry-making, Joseph Caputo of Caputo's Pastry Shoppe leads his crew in crafting each paper-thin layer of the sfogliatelle by hand. Since 1923, the pastries emerging from the bakery's ovens have been made from scratch, including the cannolis, pasticottis, and rum cakes. This hand-crafting is what's referred to as Old World style, as opposed to the New World style of scanning and printing desserts.