For nearly half a century, the Rosati brothers Dick, Ron, Fred, and Al have tempted taste buds with deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas, Italian cuisine, and a wealth of sandwiches. The mouthwatering bill of Italian fare claims a culinary lineage and parmesan-flecked coat of arms dating back to grandpa Ferdinando Rosati's Taylor Street establishment. The Rosati family proudly continues tasty traditions with handmade pies, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and house-made sauces.
Every pizza that comes out of Little Sicilian Pizza’s kitchen is made with ingredients—fresh dough, fresh sauce, and fresh toppings—that have ever been frozen, letting chefs use the freezer as a home for orphaned snowmen. With this certainty in place, customers have plenty of options: crusts come in extra-thin, thin, and house varieties, and each can bear a choice of nearly two dozen toppings that range from the traditional to options such as ricotta cheese, giardiniera, and italian beef. Pasta dishes and sandwiches round out the menu offerings, served over the counter of a small storefront for take-out or, in the warmer months, open-air dining at umbrella-topped stone tables.
Taylor Street Pizza dishes out succulent Italian-American fare in a family-friendly sports-bar atmosphere. Gather friends to watch a football game or an emotional rerun of the Airwolf finale while noshing on a bouquet of crusty breadsticks or a platter of spicy or barbecue chicken wings. A large handmade pizza arrives doused in Taylor Street's signature tomato sauce and festooned with two toppings, including options such as canadian bacon, anchovies, eggplant, and giardiniera. Sips of fizzy, refreshing soda clear palates and extinguish spicy mouth fires. Diners can indulge in their delicious bounty in a Taylor Street Pizza dining room, carry their meals home, or request for it to be delivered to the inflatable ballpit of their choosing.
When childhood pals Michael Caringella and Armand Christopher bought Elmwood Park's Victory Tap in 1956, one of their first orders of business was determining whom their new establishment would be named after. In the end Michael won the deciding coin toss and, to dodge any complaints that might arise, slyly chose to dub their eatery Armand’s Victory Tap. With Armand’s original artwork gracing the walls and Michael’s decadent thin-crust pizza flying from the oven, the restaurant received far more compliments than criticisms; and although Armand sold his portion to Mike in the 1960s, the eatery—since renamed Armand's Pizzeria—still thrives today.
City dwellers and suburbanites alike can taste a slice of the original thin-crust pie at any of Armand's 10 locations. Though menus differ slightly at each eatery, all contain thin- or pan-crust pizzas crowned with an array of fresh toppings, ranging from ham, bacon, and pineapple to feta and kalamata olives to italian beef and spicy giardiniera. Beyond pizza, the chefs pull fresh-baked mozzarella mostaccioli from the oven, glaze baby back ribs with tangy barbecue sauce, and assemble hearty sandwiches from italian beef, italian sausage, and genuine italian leather.
Evviva fosters a warm, inviting atmosphere with friendly service and a dining room festooned with natural stone, wood, stained concrete, and tables of varying heights. Dig into the menu—a mix of Italian and American favorites—to find grilled calamari ($9), pizza bread ($5), burgers ($7.50–$8), a grilled chicken pomodoro panini ($7), and popular specialty pizzas such as the hawaiian, which does the hula on hunger ($11–$21.50). A lengthy list of signature martinis for sipping at Evviva's U-shaped granite bar enhances entertainments such as a jukebox and occasional weekend DJ sets or live music ($7+).
The succulent odors wafting out from Suparossa's kitchen herald the arrival of wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more. Browse a delectable bevy of appetizers that includes rolled eggplant laden with ricotta and marinara ($7.95). Shrimp and asparagus can frolic on a playground of fettuccine, watched over by trusty salad and soup supervisors ($14.95). Dive into the toothsome depths of pizzas in thin-crust ($8.45+) or deep-dish ($9.95+) stylings, awash with melted mozzarella and teeming with toppings such as pepperoncini, homemade sausage, and bacon ($1+). A brood of italian wines and domestic and imported beers salves pizza-singed tongues, preparing them for desserts as soothing and sweet as a lullaby sung by Mickey Rooney. Call to see if Suparossa's culinary couriers deliver to your area.