The chefs at Mimmo's Pizza Cafe & Catering favor Grande Mozzarella—a tender and buttery Italian cheese that can bake in high-temperature pizza ovens without getting scorched. They shower this magical mozzarella atop thin-crust and Sicilian-style pies before adding on fresh toppings such as eggplant, garlic, and green peppers. The versatile chefs also extend their culinary expertise toward a variety of other traditional Italian dishes, including ravioli, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana. They layer focaccia bread with turkey, ham, and roast beef, along with brie and dabs of spicy mustard.
As chefs slice up pizza pies and hot subs in the kitchen, baristas busy themselves behind the café counter. They whip up espresso beverages with a variety of decadent ingredients, from shaved almonds to sweet chocolate syrup to juicy cherries plucked from the gardens of ancient Roman deities.
You can't get a sandwich in under 60 seconds at Munch & Chat. That's because the staff want their café to be the opposite of fast food, both in the healthiness of their dishes and the mentality of guests walking through the doors. They don't prepare anything before it's ordered, ensuring that each handmade prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich, lamb burger, and chicken empanada is fresh and flavorful. While they toss salads with tuna, black olives, and green peppers or blend up lattes, they encourage guests to take a seat, enjoy the company of others, and browse the pastry selection. The bakers craft both American sweets—such as sugar-free cheesecake and bald eagles made out of fondant—as well as Argentinean specialties such as passionfruit mousse and milhojas, a puff pastry filled with dulce de leche.
Named after the owner's sassy feline CEO, Lola's Healthy Pet Cafe helps pets look and feel their best with cat and dog grooming services and a storefront packed with holistic food, treats, and supplements. Bringing more than a decade of grooming experience to Lola's, owner Kelly strives to give each pet personalized attention by scheduling a limited number of appointments each day. Though she specializes in doggy facials and massage, Kelly is armed with the skills and tools to spruce up both kitties and all breeds of canines, readying them for shows, everyday living, or immediate romps in backyard mud puddles. To keep families' furry companions as healthy on the inside as they are adorable on the outside, Lola's Healthy Pet Cafe purveys brands of food and treats comprising natural and holistic ingredients.
Out front, a glowing sign hangs above the door, reading 'Gigi's Music Cafe.' Inside, you might find live music, karaoke, and even trivia, depending on the day. But one thing remains constant everyday of the week: Gigi's soulful family recipes. A lifetime lover of music, Gigi Brown brought her two passions together under one roof. Gigi's serves classic American dishes with a twist, including fried chicken with a buttermilk waffle, soul rolls—collard green spring rolls—and country turkey meatloaf with sweet potatoes.
Best Pasta's founders, who hail from the shores of the Mediterranean, are passionate about pasta in all its forms. They opened up their eatery in order to share that love with Americans, even serving up gluten-free varieties so their pasta creations could reach a wider audience.
Customers who pop into the restaurant or flag down the food truck with a flare build their own traditional or gluten-free pasta creations. They start by choosing a box for dine-in or take-away and fill it with their choice of noodle, including capellini or spiral pasta, and then top the pasta with such sauces as traditional marinara or spicy arrabbiata. Patrons can also build their own salads and wraps.
Churromania makes a single treat countless ways. The Venezuelan snack shop, a creation of Ariel Acosta-Rubio, Maria Alejandra Bravo, and Miguel Bravo, might dust its crispy churros with sugar, drizzle them with chocolate, or fill them with cream cheese. Orders of Crispy Mania blend sugar and cinnamon, and each Big Mania comes to tables filled with one of eight toppings, including guava and Nutella. Instead of sucking humidity out of the air with a big straw, visitors can stay hydrated with more than a dozen hot and cold beverages.