Having been passed down through two generations of the Vettraino family, the Green Lantern Lounge is a pretty big heirloom. It even looks like one: since opening nearly six decades ago, the pizzeria has filled with sports memorabilia and old family photos. The Vettrainos honor the past in the kitchen as well, cooking pizzas with their original recipes that call for age-old techniques. These range from cutting thick, New York-style pepperoni from their links in natural casing to using a mammoth tusk instead of a rolling pin.
The hearty pepperoni pieces can be found on a few of Green Lantern's pies, including Tommy's Tantalizing Super Special with ham, mushrooms, and green peppers. Other popular menu items include the candy-coated bacon strips and the eponymous reuben, which features corned beef or turkey beneath a scoop of the restaurant's signature coleslaw.
Biggby Coffee's beverages are more like entire desserts contained within a cup. Baristas craft lattes in delicious, sweet flavors such as butter bear––a combination of caramel and butterscotch––or white lightning, a white chocolate-infused coffee. They also make creme freeze smoothies in icy flavors ranging from dairy-free mango to chocolate chip cookie or frozen hot chocolate, and can craft tea lattes for non-coffee drinkers in flavors like cinnamon spice. While beverages are busy being steamed and steeped, glistening cases of treats tempt visitors with slices of lemon pound cake, cinnamon rolls, and assorted bagels and donuts.
When you step up to the gleaming metal counter at Nice Modern Creamery, you're not going to find any tubs of ice cream on display. That's because each dish is made-to-order at -321 degrees using liquid nitrogen, which breaks down ice crystals to yield a texture that's more creamy than icy. Crafted with local, organic ingredients, Nice Modern Creamery's menu of flavors includes truffle chocolate and ground coffee, plus a tart yogurt. Patrons can customize their scoops with toppings that include almonds, honey, and strawberry pur?e.