Christina Marotto takes the time to truly capture each of her subjects’ unique personalities, prompting them with her motto, “If a photo is worth a thousand words, what will yours say?” A look at her work substantiates this claim, as her photos are filled with laughing children, smiling faces, and joyous couples lost in each other’s eyes. Christina also hones her patience as a Girl Scout troop leader, using her skills to corral children during family photo shoots and individual portrait sessions. When she isn’t racing down hills on her skis, Christina might be photographing them in her travel photography album, which also includes landscapes of Horseshoe Bend in Arizona, Freedom Tower, and the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower.
Colorful wall murals add pops of color to the otherwise softly lit and romantic atmosphere inside Ducale Ristorante Italiano. Enveloped by this intimate setting, visitors dive into a menu that?much like final exams at fisherman's school?features plenty of fresh seafood. A selection of more than 20 different pastas jumps off the page, including lobster ravioli and linguine loaded with shrimp, calamari, mussels, and clams. Chicken and veal specialties also play a prominent role, starting with a broiled veal chop that's marinated with fresh herbs and mushrooms.
With a menu of dishes drawing from Fertile Crescent flavor-sets, eXo delights diners with fresh meats, flavorful vegetables, and lusciously sippable libations. Dinner plates provide on-the-lam Monopoly counterfeiters a savory meal under cover of night, featuring first-courses such as Long Island oysters served with lemon and yogurt ($6) and tzatziki-kissed souvlaki sliders to pique appetites and intrigue taste buds ($6).
Behind the sleek, white counter at Tasty Grill, cooks dice, skewer, and stuff ingredients into platefuls of Greek and American fare. Glass doors open onto a breezy patio, and free WiFi access keeps solo diners entertained without merry-go-round rides aboard the gyro spit.
Planet Wings doesn't mess around when it comes to spicy chicken. They can slather boneless wings in hot sauce or a hotter than hot sauce so dangerously spicy that its name is "suicidal." Those are just two of the 24 sauce options to choose from?others include parmesan pepper, classic BBQ, and Jamaican Jerk.
Though diners can place a 100-piece wing order at Planet Wings, there plenty of other dishes to choose from. Chicken sandwiches, for one, such as the Philly-style sandwich topped with house-made slaw and sea-salt fries, and chicken tenders, too. Plus chicken salads, chicken tacos, and, for a break from all the white meat, Philly cheese steaks and burgers.
Boulder Creek Steakhouse’s dinner menu serves up deluxe cuts of steak with all the trimmings in a casual atmosphere. Starting with grain-fed meat aged a minimum of 28 days, each sirloin ($17.99), filet mignon ($28.99 for 12 oz./$23.99 for 8 oz.), and beyond is grilled to red-hot perfection and seasoned with a double-secret blend of spices. If you already had steak for lunch, breakfast, and your coworker’s office birthday party, savor the chicken parmesan ($15.99) or the jumbo shrimp scampi ($15.99) instead. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can abide by the terms of their uneasy peace treaty with cows by noshing on a garden fresh salad drizzled with homemade dressing ($4.99–$14.99). Keep a couple stomachs open for the brownie sundae ($5.99), the warm apple tart served over ice cream ($5.99), or both stacked on top of each other. Lighter lunchtime appetites will find that the turkey burger ($10.99), pulled-pork sammie ($11.99), and grilled chicken wrap ($10.99) are all created equal and thus enjoy equal rights to a side dish of onion rings or creamed spinach.