Overseen by classically trained chef Jenn DiSanto, Fresco's busy kitchen churns out fresh, made-from-scratch meals for people with little time to cook. Clients can view the weekly menu online before calling ahead to place their order or stopping into the storefront to mime their favorite foods. Dine on Mediterranean chicken, sautéed with shallots, olives, and white wine and served with orzo (a value of $15 for single servings or $50 for family size), or opt for the vegetarian pasta alla Norma (a value of $13 for single servings or $45 for family size). Locally produced ingredients are used when possible, and simple reheating instructions come with the meals, so no Kelvin-to-Fahrenheit conversions are necessary.
Bellyfire caters to businesses, large-scale events, and busy families that don't have time to prepare homemade meals during the week. Bellyfire’s gourmand gang slaves over hot stoves to churn out culinary creations such as grilled salmon on bowtie pasta with a strawberry, red onion, and romaine salad; and sweet-and-sour pot roast with root vegetables and green-bean-tomato salad. Each meal consists of a palate-prepping salad and a hearty entree with two sides. In order to eliminate the drudgery of dish cleaning, all dinners come in disposable containers, which can be thrown out or fashioned into miniature toboggans for toy-poodle dogsled teams. Bellyfire can deliver meals hot and ready for immediate feasting or cold for storing and reheating.
Like any great Italian meal, made-from-scratch dishes at Spaghetti Warehouse are created from family recipes passed down for generations. Using fresh ingredients ranging from ricotta, romano, and mozzarella cheeses to house-made tomato sauce and Italian sausage, chefs labor for up to three days to prepare batches of their 15-layer signature lasagna from scratch. The menu also offers perfectly al dente pasta, bottomless soups, and 12-layer chocolate cakes to share with family and friends.
It?s that feeling of togetherness that people love about Spaghetti Warehouse, a feeling that is only enhanced when the drinks start flowing and the air is punctuated by the sounds of laughter as kids play retro games, such as The Claw prize-grabbing machine. To reach their table, guests commonly have to step through two doors: the front door of the restaurant and the door of the antique trolley parked inside. Since its inception in 1972, the Italian eatery has merged the functions of kitchen and museum. Artifacts such as grandfather clocks, factory flywheels, and circus billboards surround diners as they delve into Italian creations.
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Since 1983, the deli wunderkinds at Current Cuisine have been crafting fresh sandwiches, salads, and breads while maintaining a high standard of customer service. The menu's breakfast bites, such as a sandwich constructed from local eggs and sausages ($2.99), occupy hands and mouths in the morning with an activity other than yawning. Lunch and dinner sustenance comes by the fistful in the form of overstuffed sandwiches that include the turkey provolone or the veggie with house-made hummus, local sprouts, red peppers, and cucumbers on focaccia ($4.99 each). In addition, the deli stocks its shelves with international groceries and delivers vitamins and minerals by the pound through a diverse selection of salads, such as chicken salad with red grapes and almonds ($6.99/lb.), spring marinated veggies ($5.49/lb.), and curried tofu salad ($6.99/lb.). Current Cuisine’s ovens also pop with fresh breads, otherworldly pastries, and flaky jack-in-the-boxes.
Sandwiches include the savory classic BLT on wheat and the satisfying roast beef with swiss on a French roll. There's also a tuna-salad sandwich and a veggie option for non-meat eaters. Or, build a chicken Caesar wrap in a traditional or spinach-herb tortilla. Create your own sandwich or wrap and build a lunch box to suit your needs with a seemingly unlimited amount of check boxes. Nab this side deal to settle lunch for the water-cooler changing team, or just get it yourself and stash a whole week's worth of lunch in the air ducts.