Zesto Pizza's kitchen tosses fresh New York–style pizzas and tasty supplements using organic ingredients whenever possible. A large pizza provides a 16-inch spread of circular sustenance for hungry trios or a temporary foundation for a skyscraper, especially when loaded with toppings such as pepperoni, feta, or buffalo chicken. A large garden salad and cheese-smothered garlic bread prelude the meal or serve as its savory denouement, and three 20-ounce sodas slake thirst.
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.
Che Soprano's menu straddles the great Atlantic puddle expertly balancing a varied supply of homemade pizzas, crisp salads, loaded sandwiches, flavorful pastas, and more. Fill half-moon shaped mouths with a pillowy empanada ($1.95+) while perusing the twofold trattoria's list of full-sized tongue suitors. The quadrilateral crust of the campagniola pizza crackles as sweet italian sausage, roasted peppers, and onion tumble down a plum tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella mat ($8.95+). Punctuate gastronomic gymnastic routines with homemade dulce de leche or an impromptu tabletop pommel horse routine ($5.95).
Village Café plates up a menu of salads, sandwiches, and inspired entrees in a European bistro setting. The crispy goat cheese appetizer ($9.95) waves a casual "Ciao" atop crostini, while the Village Cobb salad ($10.95) scoots by on a Dijon vinaigrette-fueled Vespa. Fungiphiles fancy the portabella panini ($8.95), with its grilled, marinated mushrooms and melted mozzarella, and the meat lover's pizza (small $10.95) satisfies any yearning passion for protein. Dinner diners choose from mains such as the mint and pistachio-crusted lamb (8 oz $17.95) accompanied by roasted garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus spears, or linguine with garlic, white wine, and fresh clams ($16.95).