Trained at the La Varenne culinary school in Paris, Galleria Ristorante’s owner and executive chef, James Mollitor, whips up platefuls of authentic Italian fare served atop snow-white linens in an elegant dining room replete with dark wood furniture. Entice palates with a complimentary amuse bouche to prep for the culinary voyage ahead. Landlubbing tummies sprout sea legs with the suprema ai frutti di mare’s assortment of clams, fresh fish, calamari, shrimp, and diving-bell-clad mussels adrift in an ocean of linguine ($34.50). The pollo quattro funghi ($21.50) gilds chicken in a sauce composed of shiitake, porcini, oyster, and butter mushrooms, and the 14-ounce serving of broiled filet mignon ($34) arrives perfectly prepared to each guest’s desires, be it well done, rare, or dipped in molten gold. On Friday and Saturday nights, a dexterous pianist manually extracts tunes from a baby grand piano as patrons serenade sweet teeth with a dulcet treat, such as a ricotta cheesecake ($7) washed down with sips of a complimentary postprandial digestif.
Rialto Art and Antiques' cultural curators transport history buffs of all types back in time via the Tutankhamun: "Wonderful Things" from the Pharaoh's Tomb exhibit. Explore the boy king's majestic tomb and more than 130 replicas of afterlife travel necessities buried with him—including his funerary mask, mummification couch, weapons, tools, favorite toaster, and more—that reveal a fascinating story of ancient Egypt and the pharaoh's place in it. With deciphered hieroglyphs guiding the way, visitors journey through the splendor of King Tut's burial place and gain insights into Egyptian politics, beliefs, and culture during the reign of the 18th Dynasty.
Calda Pizzeria & Restaurant’s extensive menu of pizzas, piles of pasta, and burgers parades past gleaming tables flaunting time-tested Italian flavors. Diners can share 18-inch chicken-club pizzas ($21.95) decorated with produce, bacon, and ranch dressing, or guard their own personal-size eggplant-and-ricotta pies ($9.95) from herbivorous velociraptors. The Pizzeria burger ($9.95) merges the best of both worlds by draping a half-pound slab of Angus beef in homemade tomato sauce and a mantle of melted mozzarella. Linguine fruti di mare ($17.95) lets a school of mussels, calamari, and shrimp play Marco Polo in a pool of marinara sauce, and california penne with sun-dried tomatoes, grilled chicken, and broccoli spears ($12.95) lobs crisp fistfuls of veggies like a farmer on a Carnival float. The Levittown eatery features soft lighting and a row of burnt-sienna stools, and windows at the Hicksville establishment admit cascades of natural light.
Shimmering gold curtains line Passione's elegant dining room, where glasses of wine and specialty martinis clink over fine Italian dishes. Waiters transport gourmet pizzas to coves of cushy booths, where white-clothed tables hold pastas scattered with homemade mozzarella, fresh italian sausage, or seared chicken. Chandeliers sparkle to match the glimmering waters in a wall mural of a Venice canal, and an intricately patterned rug invites diners to decipher ballroom-dance-step diagrams encoded in its pile.
On the façade of Buongusto PieSanos hangs a neon-sculpted slice of pizza, its tip sagging under the weight of cheese, toppings, and the softness of hand-tossed dough. It's a fair of depiction of one of the restaurant's signature offerings—hearty Italian-style pies topped with ingredients including eggplant, baked ziti, or chicken parmigiana. Classic pastas and sandwiches join their circular brethren, and gluten-free and whole-wheat pasta options are available for diners with gluten sensitivity or investments tied up in wheat futures.
For Anthony and Domenico Sacramone, cooking is about passion and tradition. The two brothers opened Sacramone's Restaurant to share the recipes and techniques passed down through the family, from their grandmother's kitchen in Abruzzo, Italy, to their mother's kitchen in the United States. Many of the dishes on their classic Italian menu were once treasured secrets of their mother, Maddalena, and they can now be savored nightly by patrons. Entrees include traditional preparations of veal, chicken, and eggplant, and a coal oven produces blistering pizzas made with housemade mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes from Italy. Diners can also add Mama's famous meatballs and sausages to any dish for an extra-meaty meal.
True to its name, Crossroads marks the intersection of two seemingly dissimilar hangouts: it houses an elegant dining room clad in black linens and yellow wall sconces where pastas, steaks, and seafood are served, as well as a sports bar stocked with pub grub. As Crossroads' famous marinated skirt steak and seafood fra diavolo top plates in the dining room, the bar's 15 TVs—each one baked fresh that day in time for the game—join a jukebox in wooing eyes and ears. Special events include visits from a local medium who tries to connect clients with the afterlife, get-togethers to cheer on the Rangers and Jets, and holiday meals.