The Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon ropes in a loyal clientele of hungry ranchers with a full menu of mesquite-grilled steaks cut in-house. Slide into a booth beneath the restaurant's rustic wagon-wheel chandeliers and warm up with homemade chips and salsa ($4.95)—or make a healthy choice with deep-fried zucchini ($5.95) sourced directly from locally grown deep-fried gardens. For the main event, savor slow-roasted prime rib ($18.95–$25.95), or test one's stomach dimensions with the T-bone ($25.95). Mesquite-grilled Back Bay pork ribs ($16.95 for a half-rack) marinated in beer leave digits dripping with tangy sauce, and a pair of lamb chops served with mint jelly ($20.95) is easy to share with first dates or sock puppets. All dinners come entouraged by a salad with secret Steak Out dressing, cowboy beans, and a choice of ranch fries, baked potatoes, or vegetables.
Both a sports bar and a tantalizing pizzeria, Boston’s slices up 18 varieties of fresh gourmet pizza while diners keep one to three eyes on the Coyotes or Cardinals game. Boston's menu boasts hand-pressed pizzas made from scratch ($6.89+), with whole-wheat and gluten-free options available, as well as toppings such as poblano peppers, pineapples, and diced pepperoni. While chomping on the piquant jambalaya fettuccini ($14.99) or the feta-cheese-topped fish tacos ($9.49), satiated diners can feel free to cheer on their favorite football, baseball, or underwater-cricket team playing on one of Boston's multiple flat-screen TVs.
Characterized by its simplicity and uncanny resemblance to Sophia Loren, Neapolitan pizza is made with the freshest and healthiest ingredients—including ripe tomato sauces, homemade mozzarella cheese, and your choice of high-quality toppings—and then baked in a wood-fired brick oven and served crispy and piping hot. Vero Amore is one of the few VPN-certified establishments to serve the authentic Neapolitan pie, owing to super-owner brothers Aric and Joshua Mussman’s training at the world-renowned Verace Pizza Napoletana academy in Naples in 2006. Keep it simple with the classic margherita pizza ($9.50–$10), sample a smokier savory with the pizza anima with andouille sausage ($11–$12), or dine with a Medici's opulence and order the pizza lussuria's mélange of genoa salami, garlic, and crushed red peppers ($10.50–$11). Vero Amore's menu also offers a variety of Italian appetizers and entrees. The prosciutto caprese salad ($9.50–$10) and steamed clams in a garlic white-wine sauce ($13) are sure to delight pizza cynics and college freshmen alike. Finish off your Tour de Naples with homemade panna cotta ($5.50) or a chocolate-chip cookie baked in the brick oven and served with ice cream (both $5.50).
The chefs at Amarsi Ristorante handcraft every sauce on the menu, from the lemon-white-wine sauce that adds brightness to veal piccata to the classic marinara that preps meatballs to be shot through a cannon. The from-scratch condiments contribute to the traditional menu’s appeal, which was summed up in Tucson Weekly when the restaurant was described as “one of those places where I wish the company would spring for more than just two visits.” Servers–all of whom boast at least 20 years of industry experience–are happy to recommend pairings from Amarsi Ristorante’s ample wine list. As diners sup, their eyes can wander from crisp white tablecloths topped with fresh flowers and candles to views of the mountains outside.
At J. Marinara's, chefs create Old World dishes that showcase East Coast Italian ingredients such as aromatic garlic and sweet tomatoes. Dining posses grab a seat by the fireplace or sip on a selection from the full bar at J. Marinara's outdoor dining area. If a single plate of pasta ignites a newfound culinary fixation, ask a server about take-home bottles of their housemade sauce, available for purchase and a flavorful complement to any bare linguine or minimalist wall hanging.