After the unexpected loss of their father, three brothers from Eboli, an Italian hamlet in the Neapolitan countryside, pursued their disparate passions to separate corners of the globe. As Giuseppe, the eldest, toiled as a pizzaiolo in New York; Antonio, a dancer; and Gennaro, an artist, spent time honing their crafts in Madrid and Paris. It wasn't long before Giuseppe opened his pizzeria, and his younger siblings weren't far behind. With all three operating successful Italian eateries in their respective cities, the trio decided to reunite, forming Fratelli La Bufala as a joint effort where they could highlight their father's passion for water-buffalo mozzarella, a heart-healthy cheese that anchors the cuisine at each of their worldwide locations.
Working from an Italian menu modeled after Mediterranean culinary traditions, chefs prepare pastas in-house and pepper Neapolitan-style pizzas with water-buffalo meat that boasts less cholesterol and saturated fat than most traditional meat options. Like Sophia Loren's celebrity impersonators, the kitchen's ingredients are sourced from small southern Italian farms, and are transported with care to preserve their naturalness and quality.
Homemade Pasta | Gluten-Free Options | Dozens of Pizzas | Outdoor Patio | Intimate Seating
Buffalo mozzarella: made from the milk of water buffalo, this cheese is creamier than cow's-milk mozzarella. It's commonly found atop margherita and Neapolitan-style pizzas.
Margherita pizza: a crispy, thin-crust pizza topped with basil, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. The green, white, and red toppings represent the Italian flag as a gesture originally intended to impress Italy’s Queen Margherita in the late 1800s.
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The old ways continue to endure and enchant palates at Spris Artisan Pizza. Named after the refreshing aperitif famous throughout Italy's Veneto region, Spris Artisan Pizza draws inspiration from traditional Old World cooking at both of its locations, even going so far as to use imported Italian ingredients in several dishes. Their signature pizzas embody this commitment to tradition. Every gourmet pie begins as disk of regular, whole-wheat, or gluten-free dough. From there, chefs top the thin-crust pies with everything grilled eggplant and artichokes to ground italian sausage and spicy salami before sliding them into a blistering-hot, wood-fired brick oven. This dedication is also apparent in other menu items, from the hand-rolled meatballs to the freshly baked ciabatta to the homemade gnocchi dumplings notarized by the Italian embassy's staff.
Cuisine Type: Italian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Pizza
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Customers may dine with their pets in our outdoor seating area.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We use only the finest ingredients. Our dough and sauces are all homemade and never frozen.
At Gina's Pizza Italian Ristorante, customers can find their favorite Italian-American staples?meatball parm subs, stuffed shells, and New York?style pizza, to name a few. But they can also walk on the wild side with specialty pies topped in everything from chicken cordon bleu to steak and cheese. Open 24/7, Gino's is a short trip from the beach, allowing diners to load up on mozzarella sticks that they can later use as bait.
Since 1969, the cooks at Mario the Baker have followed the same tried-and-true recipes, resulting in pizza after fresh-baked pizza emerging from the oven with the same flavors as the restaurant's very first batch. Diners settle into red and black booths to split signature pizzas, including La Maflosa pizza with sliced eggplant and mozzarella. As part of an unrefusable offer, the Godfather pie comes topped with capicollo, ham, and salami and is served with a side of housemade italian dressing.