Known for its crispy thin-crust pizzas, which chefs make from scratch by hand, Roma Delight has served up traditional Italian fare for more than 25 years. Pastas, calzones, and hot sandwiches stuffed with fresh ingredients round out the authentic menu.
For more than 20 years, Scot Cosentino and his culinary team have shared their love of Italian cuisine with guests at Goodfella's Old World Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, a family-friendly bistro. They now have a second location known as Goodfella's Inferno Brick Oven Pizza, which has limited seating and focuses on takeout and delivery. At both locales, pizzas are made in the Old-World tradition—i.e., cooked in a real wood-fired brick oven as the chefs quote Dickens. The creations include Cosentino’s original vodka pizza and other handmade pies. For these gourmet pizzas, Goodfella's has taken home big prize money from the International Pizza Expo, winning its Pizza Challenge on more than one occasion. The chefs also prepare heaping helpings of Italian pastas and entrees such as eggplant parmigiana and baked ziti.
If you're not sure what you have a taste for when you walk in the door of Portobello Cafe, it'll probably take you awhile to decide. The dinner menu challenges timid eaters with more than 75 menu items, predominantly Italian-style dishes such as veal saltimbocca and rosemary-crusted rack of lamb. There are some playfully international dishes as well, such as Italian egg rolls stuffed with broccoli rabe and parmesan risotto. Folks can always leave the decisions up to the professionals, however, with prix fixe dinners. During the day there's an equally extensive lunch menu to ensure that none of the meals think the chef is playing favorites.
La Strada's chef and owner, Anthony Santisi, keeps his extensive dinner and lunch menus brimming with classic Italian favorites. Appetizers such as the crispy fried calamari (served with sweet, medium, or hot sauce; $12) or stuffed artichoke ($11) make savory curtain-raisers for chef Anthony's star attraction, pork chops la strada ($24), which pairs well with the Chimney Rock Cabernet from the wine list. Alternately excellent entrees, including classic zuppa di pesce ($30), let your senses snorkel through the flavors of the sea, and La Strada's specialty homemade lasagna ($17) blankets tongues in a stack of saucy layers. Pasta dishes such as the rigatoni caprese pit fresh Italian plum tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil against each other in an arena of rigatoni pasta dusted with shredded fresh mozzarella cheese ($17). La Strada's special dessert of the day will finish the feast with a sweet surprise, assuming you haven't already figured out that your blind date is Batman.
Offering authentic Italian fare in an elegant dining environment, Bistro Restaurant entices epicures with an eclectic assortment of lunch and dinner specialties. Start dinner with an appetizing mouth party of steamed Prince Edward Island mussels ($10), or opt for the arugula 'n’ grilled portobello salad topped with roasted red peppers and grape tomatoes ($9). Culinary traditionalists can chomp on a classic margarita pizza with basil and fresh mozzarella ($10 for a 12" pizza), and fire-eaters can savor spicy fra diavolo on fettuccine pescatore with shrimp, calamari, octopus, clams, and mussels ($26). For tongue-snuggling entrees, the gnocchi alla genovese embraces taste buds with the help of a basil pesto cream sauce ($16), and veal scaloppine snuggles next to roasted shallots and mushroom fortified wine sauce ($22).