George Carabase opened Buona Vita when he was only 23. But by spending his boyhood at his father's pizzeria, George learned the ins and outs of the restaurant business at a very early age. A graduate of the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, he draws upon his familial and formal educations at Buona Vita, which he's owned since 1998. Utilizing local produce, his traditional take on Italian cuisine encompasses generous portions of dishes such as veal sorrentino, as well as more than 20 available pizza toppings, including eggplant and clams.
When not stocking its shelves with groceries, ShopRite of Enfield zeroes in on feeding hungry party guests during summer's sundry get-togethers. Liven up a birthday celebration, pool party, or zeppelin-building night with the Shrimp Classic party platter, laden with enough cooked shrimp and cocktail sauce to satisfy 8 to 10 humans or one pet giant squid (a $39.95 value). Dairy die-hards, meanwhile, will delight in the Cheese Continental tray's slices of jarlsberg, havarti, and pepper jack (a $39.99 value). The Roman Holiday platter (a $39.99 value) and the Antipasto tray ($45.99 value) accommodate wildly gesticulating hands with bite-sized bits of Italy’s finest soppresata, prosciutto di parma, genoa salami, olives, and roasted peppers. ShopRite also covers dessert with the Cupcake Tree platter, which piles on 24 handholdable cakes with a variety of icings and wraps to coordinate with any baby shower or cavity-free dental-visit celebration (a $39.99 value).
Certified personal trainer Amy Goodwin's mission is to help people enjoy getting fit. As a mom of three energetic daughters, she knows it's not always easy to make time for a workout, and she admits that it takes dedication and discipline to reach fitness goals. She strives to make fitness accessible with a variety of group classes, ranging from stress-relieving yoga sessions to total-body RIPPED workouts, which engage the entire body more effectively than dragging a 200-pound ball and chain everywhere you go. During personal-training sessions, she merges functional movements with training tools such as free weights, kettlebells, and TRX suspension bands. Her training style also includes mixed martial-arts moves, plyometric training, and stability exercises.
Frozen yogurt, though a sweet dessert, packs a nutritional punch with live probiotics that help regulate digestive health. Yogurt City combines this beneficial treat with a variety of tantalizing flavors, including georgia peach and pecan praline, to keep customers coming back.
Like the sun’s chosen outfit, the lunch and dinner offerings at Skinny’s Bar and Grill vary depending on the day of the week. Where Sundays see cheesy chili with cornbread or spaghetti and meatballs, Fridays’ fried-fish selections join the menu’s mainstays of wings, pizzas, and grinders.
Although it may have fallen out of Top 40 rotation in the 70 years since it was sung by a burger-shop owner’s barbershop quartet, the song “When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)” lives on in the legacy of a Seattle-based burger joint. The Red Robin franchise has spread its wings far and wide, now serving locations throughout North America with sustainably grown, environmentally conscious burgers and sides that marry classic American flavors with savory twists such as onion straws or bruschetta. Most of the shop’s fire-grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, and entrees come with a side of bottomless steak fries, allowing patrons to soak up the juicy Whiskey River barbecue sauce, melted blue cheese, and edible fedoras that top the menu’s varied eats. The staff are happy to help patrons pair their sandwiches with one of the full bar’s microbrews or specialty mixed drinks, keeping glasses filled while athletic superstars battle it out on the eatery's big-screen TVs.