At The Original Primo Pizza & Grill, chefs whirl handmade dough and whole, peeled tomatoes into a variety of thin-crust pizzas. While the menu includes classic standbys such as the hawaiian pizza, customers can also create their own perfect pies from toppings such as garlic, mushrooms, pepperoni, and sausage. What really shines through, however, is the restaurant’s large selection of specialty pies: buffalo-chicken pizza is topped with chicken and zesty buffalo sauce; Nutella pizza with brown and powdered sugar; and the American-style pizza gets topped with steak, peppers, onions, american cheese, and a pervasive dislike of the metric system.
While pizza dominates the menu, diners can also explore traditional Italian entrees, including dinner specialties such as chicken scampi, veal milanese, and spaghetti with clam sauce.
The cooks at Cafe Spezia prepare more than two dozen house-made pasta, chicken, veal, and seafood entrees and complement them with refreshing salads and sandwiches. Penne pasta is sautéed with sweet sausage and broccoli rabe in a white-wine sauce, and the lobster bolognese's diced lobster blends with cream and grape tomatoes over a bed of linguine. Grilled North Atlantic salmon is drizzled with citrus vinaigrette, and egg-battered shrimp francese is sautéed in lemon butter and white wine.
Alfonso Molino began flipping dough in his parents' Brooklyn pizzeria at the age of 10. Today he helms Molino's Italian Kitchen, where he and his staff adapt the philosophy "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." In doing so, they keep their traditional and pan pies uncomplicated, basking in the beautiful simplicity of a stellar pizza margherita and showcasing toppings in one of more than 20 gourmet options. In addition to the pizzas, they prepare classic Italian entrees, including chicken cacciatore and shrimp scampi, as well as local favorites such as new york strip steak.
Chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi, eggplant parmesan. More than 30 housemade pasta dishes emerge from the kitchen every night at Piccolo Trattoria of Newtown. Chefs scatter pistachio nuts and goat cheese into fettuccine, smother penne with baby shrimp and pesto cream sauce, and cover fusilli with oyster and shiitake mushrooms.
Earlier in the day, however, these recipes take on a different form: they become pizzas. During lunch, chefs whip up more than 20 gourmet pies, crowning them with classic pasta ingredients alongside non-Italian flavors such as taco and cheesesteak fixings. Besides tossing noodles and flinging dough, the BYOB eatery's chefs cook salmon in a port wine reduction and sauté veal with figs and mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce.
Bagels are typically thick, slightly misshapen circles made out of soft, warm dough. But at Bagel Smashery, the bagels aren't thick. As the eatery's name suggests, its culinary team smashes bagels into toasted hot and easy to eat bagel sandwiches that deliver cream cheese, specialty spreads, or sandwich fillings. Nearly 20 years after their creation, the bagel smashes have become a beloved local bite, continuing to garner popularity with their unorthodox presentation and by giving diners an excuse to yell, "Bagel Smash!" in the Incredible Hulk's voice. At breakfast, the Bagel Smash bookend egg-and-meat sandwiches, or arrive smeared with specialty cream cheeses flavored with strawberries, green olives, or sundried tomatoes. In the afternoon, they curb midday cravings with combinations such as pepperoni and cheese, chicken and veggies, or bacon, lettuce, and tomato. After diners down Wrap Smashes and Potato Smashes, dessert bagels end meals on a sweet note with a slathering of Nutella and marshmallow.