Tony Altomare’s Italian eatery crafts Neapolitan-style pizzas with freshly made dough and homemade sauces, gaining accolades such as the title of best pizza from the Philly Hot List in 2010. Diners can peruse the menu and sink teeth into one of the pre-designed pies, such as the mozzarella-, basil-, and tomato-sauce-adorned margherita pizza ($13.99 for a large), or the romano pizza splattered with pepperoni, sausage, philly steak, and bacon ($15.99 for a large). The grilled eggplant and verdant fillings of the veggie delight wrap ($6.59) offer a tastier alternative to nibbling on various houseplants; a buffalo chicken stromboli ($7.59–$15.59) or one of the homemade hoagies ($6.29–$6.59) reenergize patrons who have spent long hours writing a book in binary code. Tony’s menu varies with each location, so check each restaurant’s website for a complete listing of its belly-tickling fare selection.
Bacco welcomes diners with warm confines and a menu brimming with hearty Neapolitan cuisine. Appetizers such as the brick oven-roasted long hot peppers, stuffed with beef, pork, and veal, provide tongues taste of Italy without licking a passport ($8). Pasta lovers may partake of platters such as the baked-ziti-al-forno entree, mixed with ricotta, mozzarella, and pomodoro sauce before being blissfully baked in the restaurant's brick oven ($16.50). Dishes such as the pollo florentino, pasta-topping poultry sauteed in a white-wine lemon broth ($17), flavorfully hint at why the chicken crossed the road, and the bistecca filetto's grilled duo of bacon-wrapped sirloin filets swiftly satisfy the most carnivorous of appetites ($23). Patrons can entwine fingers and fork tines amid Bacco's dining room, or may sip wine ($5–$8 a glass) or beer ($1.75–$4.75) on the outdoor patio.
Tongues savor the flavors of Il Giardino Pizza Cafe's lunch and dinner menus in a dining room where Pavarotti and Bocelli's arias waft past a traditional tuscan décor of potted plants and roman columns. White garlic sauce or, if it's after Labor Day, marinara sauce drenches an oceanic starter of mussels or clams ($9.50), and lunch's meaty quartet of capicola, salami, pepperoni, and ham stacks muffuletta paninis ($8.50) with piquant protein. Crème fraîche and yellow peppers ornament the spinach-ricotta-dolce pizza ($10.75), and the grilled-salmon salad's ($12.99) title character waltzes atop a stage of leafy spring-mix greens. Veal marsala ($20.99) joins up with the BYOB eatery's house-made bread, and the spaghetti pescatore ($22.99) yields more pasta than Strega Nona's magic pot.
For pizza at Pasta Mista, there’s the traditional toppings and then there’s boardwalk-style: a thick layer of mozzarella on the bottom, a heap of tomato sauce on top. It’s one of a few twists on Italian you’ll notice on the menu at this BYOB restaurant. You can get time-tested toppings such as imported plum tomatoes and sausage on more than 15 specialty pies, as well as a few unorthodox add-ins such as honey mustard dressing or a decoder ring. Try veal and chicken covered in Marsala wine sauce, too, the vegetarian Stromboli, stuffed with mushrooms and green peppers, or the pescatore, which has mussels, clams, scallops, and shrimp covered in a white wine sauce.
Pizzas at Baked On Main are served hot, bubbling, and square. The unusually shaped pies are topped with equally unconventional ingredients?the Thai Chili Pepper, for instance, sports a piquant sauce with pineapple and bacon, while the meaty Main Street Favorite includes pepperoni, italian sausage, and ham. Those uniquely gourmet touches also extend to rustic flatbreads, which can be customized with additions such as caramelized onions and spinach, and freshly carved gyros harvested straight from the gyro patch. And the eatery doesn't skimp on the sides, either, loading mac 'n' cheese with bacon, garlic bread with cheese, and caesar salads with chicken.