Marly and Matt, who contributed their initials to M & M Pizza Bistro, use a range of fresh ingredients, as evidenced by a large selection of daily specials based purely on the morning’s market finds. The eatery’s tables populate daily with tender gnocchi, ravioli, and tortellini in thick bolognese or creamy alfredo as well pizza draped in roasted red peppers, goat cheese, meatballs, and other toppings. Wine-infused marsala and piccata dishes steam beside fresh bruschetta and garlic knots. At the counter, guests ask the cashier about fillings for a calzone or confuse it with Cal Ripken’s treehouse, The Cal Zone.
Since 1977, Park Pizza's kitchen staff has been crafting traditional and gourmet pizzas, which headline a menu of casual Italian cuisine. They arrange toppings on gourmet pizzas in clever combinations, such as the mélange of ziti, ricotta, and mozzarella on the baked-ziti pizza, or the salad pizza with lettuce, carrots, and olives. The Uncle Chuck hero sandwich features barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, french fries, lettuce, and tomatoes—which only leaves out one major food group: chocolate. These pizzas and sandwiches as well as pasta dishes and Italian entrees incorporate all-natural and preservative-free Grande cheese.
For Chef Chris Tarta, a night of cooking at Bella Campania Ristorante feels just like the childhood evenings he spent in his grandmother's kitchen. The frenetic pace and the vivacious atmosphere remind him of the family feasts that he was helping to prepare at age 10. Even though Chef Tarta went on to receive formal training at culinary school, he still remains faithful to his Italian roots and traditions when preparing meals at his restaurant. He and his team make fresh mozzarella daily, create sausages in-house, prepare pastas from scratch, and follow time-honored family recipes when blending sauces.
The kitchen's unwavering dedication to classic, Old World-style home cooking is evident throughout the menu, which includes everything from thin-crust pizzas and baked ziti to hearty sandwiches and pan-seared veal. Since the eatery is BYOB, diners are free to bring a bottle of wine from home or from their own chianti well.
From within the coal-fired oven at Dino's Cucina, a menu of gooey pizzas, seafood dishes, and Italian favorites emerges to sate sauce-seeking appetites. Diners select from Dino’s three specialty pies or perform pizza alchemy, combining such high-quality ingredients as italian sausage, kalamata olives, and prosciutto to create a custom dish or edible portrait of William Henry Harrison. House specialties tackle hunger pangs with an assortment of chicken, seafood, and eggplant entrees, and wrangle noodle noshers with traditional and whole-wheat pastas. Between bites, patrons sip beverages from Dino’s full bar, check scores on flat-screen TVs, and tune out from workday hassles—such as deadlines and overly affectionate office supplies—with live entertainment every weekend.
The secret that has brought the Centrella family its restaurant success is an easy one to remember: keep things simple. In 1958, Vincenzo and Barbara Centrella left Naples for New York and opened Presto's as a way to introduce their community to the fresh, simple, stripped-down cooking style of their Italian ancestors. Today, the couple's son John and his childhood friends carry out the family mission and welcome patrons to Presto's with a menu heavily populated by the eatery's two namesakes—including a baked-ziti pizza, which marries the two dishes in a state-sanctioned ceremony involving a flaky pie, saucy penne, and two kinds of cheese.
A whimsical sculpture of chefs tossing a 3-D pie sits above Old Tappan Pizza's range and pizza ovens, which bake its signature Rothlisberger pie, topped with sausage, cheesesteak, lettuce, tomato, and a secret-recipe dressing. The pizza factory also prepares ready-to-go slices, and a pasta station lets customers top linguini, rigatoni, and other noodles with tomato sauce and garlic. From the café's green-checkered tables, one can dine while keeping an eye on the large wall-mounted television, ideal for watching the big game or an Azerbaijani reality show.