At Beirut Falafel Hut, seasoned meat spins on vertical rotisseries and fruity hookah smoke drifts through the air. For more than a decade, this unassuming eatery has specialized in churning out Middle Eastern and Lebanese dishes that are as simple as they are authentic. The no-frills menu features deep-fried falafel with sesame-seed sauce, spice-crusted lamb and beef kabobs, and chicken and cabbage dressed in garlic sauce.
Repêchage, Image Skincare, and Lira products aid aesthetician Susanne in her pursuit to refresh faces. She also uses a microdermabrasion wand to exfoliate skin and minimize fine lines so that visages look refreshed. In addition to facials, Susanne offers reflexology for the hands and eyelash and eyebrow tinting.
At Vito's Ristorante, guests must fight the urge to walk into the walls. The restaurant’s gorgeous murals depict the alluring Italian countryside, serving eyes a visual feast of verdant fields, glassy waters, and marshmallow clouds. The aroma of chicken parmigiana and housemade marina sauce serenades olfactory senses from the kitchen, where chefs use time-honored culinary traditions to conjure up the Old-World flavors found in the veal marsala and linguine fra diavolo—spicy marinara over pasta, shrimp, and mussels. A new type of ravioli graces the menu every week, and past daily specials have included lamb chops with polenta and swordfish dressed in mango salsa and a musketeer hat. For a more urban, downtown vibe, Vito Ristorante’s V-Lounge hosts special events where guests can get their fill of libations and entertainment.
The dazzling, art-deco exterior of The State Theatre sends moviegoers back in time to Hollywood’s heyday. The elegant 1934 theater eschews the big-budget productions and 3D infomercials of today’s movie industry and instead screens classic films and indie features. On opening nights, The State Theatre often hosts Skype Q&A sessions with the directors and other filmmakers.
These days, you'll usually find Chef Ramiro crafting dishes in the kitchen at Tresetti's World Caff?. But before he arrived in downtown Modesto, Ramiro was paying his dues in the most glamorous way possible, working alongside famous chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and cooking for the likes of Bill Clinton, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis.
It seems that Ramiro learned a thing or two from catering to the stars. At Tresetti's, the chef transforms locally sourced ingredients into stunning interpretations of global cuisine. Ramiro and his team have a particular knack for pairings; their dinner menu alone features roasted garlic and brie with a crusty baguette and lollipop-style coconut shrimp with pineapple salsa. To help you navigate, Ramiro has even studded his menu with little flags that show each dish's favorite Olympic national team.