According to the Viera Sun, when Loris and Rafaella Barsiola first moved to the United States from Italy in 1999, they didn't speak a lick of English. A year later they opened Bacco Wine Cafe and let their cooking do the talking for them. Though they're now well acclimated to the States, they still serve their pastas, chicken, and beef dishes they way they did in Savona, Italy: inside a Ferrari. In the kitchen, Rafaella prepares ever-changing menu selections featuring her family recipes. Loris curates a wine list with dozens of varietals from Italy and selects jazz music to play in the dining room.
Mustard's Last Stand's bun buffs grill up a wide selection of Vienna Beef hot dogs, draping them in dynamic ingredients from around the globe for creative and internationally inspired meals. The Spudtacular cheese dog ($2.99) tucks potato pancakes and sport peppers under a blanket of melted cheddar and swiss drizzled with brown mustard, and Guac the Dog ($2.99) disguises furtive franks in guacamole, cheese, salsa, and onions to covertly infiltrate nachos' strategic marketing meetings. Buns take five as The Lois ($4.75) smothers a bacon-laden bagel dog with cream cheese, and The Cowboy ($3.49) saddles up beef and bacon within a deep-fried tortilla topped with cheese and chili. Cajun-style palettes can skip the hot-link for a shrimp po boy ($3.75) sporting a frock of onions, tomatoes, and thousand island dressing and accompanied by a side of garlic fries ($2.29), or a half-order of chili-cheese fire fries ($2.99) spiked with spicy giardiniera. Patrons can jumbo-size their hot dogs for $1 extra, as well as cool their torrid tongues with a selection from the panoply of fountain drinks ($1.29–$1.79), an ice-cold beer, or a chalice of their self-brought liquid nitrogen.
Besides strengthening arm muscles and Jeff Bridges impressions, 10-pin bowling on Shore Lanes' brand new alleyways strengthens socio-familial bonds by giving friends and families a casual, nonviolent arena to challenge each other. 42-inch LCD screens adorn this official PBA practice center's shiny lanes, each outfitted with QubicaAMF electronic scoring systems and automatic bumpers for pintsize orb pitchers. Guests can also use their Groupon during X-Factor bowling, which combines an eye-popping light show with pumping pop tunes, allowing friends to go head-to-head against cosmic pinheads while engaging each other in Barry Manilow sing-along battles.
When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, diners had just three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. The restaurant first expanded four years later, when an enterprising waiter at the initial location opened up a new outpost in Tallahassee. Today, the company?now owned by that original waiter, Mark Johnston, and his brothers Mike and Bob?stretches across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also expanded, and patrons can now enjoy an interactive dining experience with entrees cooked right at their table using six varieties of hot dipping cheese, which can be paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
Cooking pasta at home is as simple as pulling noodles out of a box and tossing them in some boiling water. At DeAngelo’s By the Sea, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner in 2013, the process is a bit more complicated. Using all-natural ingredients––water, stone-ground flour, and eggs––chefs extrude pasta through hand-carved bronze dies. They then let the noodles air dry, resulting in an al dente texture that is firm enough to hold sauces but still too delicate to catch a parachuting baby. Penne, spaghetti, linguine, and lasagna dishes anchor the menu, but diners can also get a taste of Italy with more than a dozen specialty pizzas. Like with the pastas, the pizzas epitomize freshness, utilizing such ingredients as San Marzano tomatoes, pure flour from Napoli, and Sicilian sea salt.