Although it's the self-proclaimed oldest restaurant and bar in Poughkeepsie, The Derby hasn't had any trouble adapting to the modern age. Live musicians and DJs frequently fill the old-school pub with upbeat tunes, which resound throughout spacious dining rooms that collectively seat up 125 diners. Cooks whip up tasty pub bites, such as brick-oven flatbreads topped with chipotle-barbecue chicken and mac 'n' cheese chock-full of smoked bacon and Maine lobster. The Derby even accommodates gluten-free patrons with their very own menu, which include bacon-wrapped shrimp and breadless french onion soup.
Sal's soothes grumbling hunger tubs with its eclectic entourage of edibles, including pizza, specialty pies, calzones, seafood, and other Italian favorites. Anchor incisors on the buffalo-chicken pizza's mozzarella shores ($16/small, $18/large), or tune taste knobs to the egg-battered frequencies of the eggplant parmigiana, which dons a jaunty dressing of mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce ($13.50). Patrons of the noodled arts can commission a meal from Sal's pasta offerings, and garden grubbers can slip into some serious leafage with a bevy of salad selections.
The dough halo hovers in the air, free-for a split second-from gravity's machinations. This airborne moment is short-lived, and the circlet plummets back into the hands of the New York Pizza Company chef, who repeats the up-and-down cycle until he deems the dough ready to be festooned with toppings. Masters of the well-made pie, New York Pizza Company's chefs pride themselves in their hand-tossed dough and the fresh toppings-such as ricotta, roma tomatoes, and barbecue chicken-that dapple their surfaces. Once a pizza has been assembled, the chefs slip it into the kitchen's brick oven where off-duty suns imbue it with a golden, toasty patina. Along with their signature pies, the chefs also whip up hot and cold subs, calzones, pastas, and soups.
Frankie & Augie'z tempts taste buds with its Italian pastas, soups, and seafood on the regular dining-room side, and makes mouths water with its array of bubbly, cheesy pizzas on the more casual pizzeria side. Plates of succulent broiled salmon, tender veal, and plump cheese-stuffed tortellini rest upon cloth-covered tables in the dining-room side. On the pizzeria side, traditional New York–style or brick-oven-style pizzas, which rebel against convention by wearing their sauce on top of their cheese layer and getting tattoos, top café tables sans cloths.
Owner Vincent Gaudio whips up tasty Italian recipes in his eponymous family restaurant. He crafts authentic dishes, such as sea scallops served with gnocchi, and more than 22 different pasta dishes that incorporate escarole, sautéed eggplant, and PEI mussels.
Pronto II Pizzeria and Restaurant treats its guests to a spread of lip-smacking Sicilian and American cuisine in the form of pasta, gourmet pizza, and sandwiches. Diners dig forks into plates of baked ziti with eggplant, or savor the rich flavors of Brooklyn-style and deep-dish pizzas made with San Marzano tomatoes and topped with chicken, broccoli rabe, or sausage meatballs. In addition to dishing out traditional Italian fare, Pronto II serves up original creations, such as the Nutella bites of pastry dough drizzled in creamy hazelnut spread and the Boom Boom shrimp, breaded and fried in a spicy sauce.