The strong-armed kitchen colossi of Hot Tomatoes hand-stretch disks of dough, slather them in sauce and cheese, and then fire them in a hearth oven to create a menu of unusual pies. The tortellini white pizza ($14.95+) lithely pirouettes cheese-stuffed pasta about its doughy dance floor alongside duos of fresh tomatoes and melted gorgonzola. Make a bet on flavorful odds with the clams casino pizza ($14.95+), where glitzy shellfish hangout on strips of bacon and roasted red pepper, blowing all their pearls on games of five-cheese stud. The eggplant and goat cheese pizza ($14.95+) overthrows herbaceous hungers with a revolution led by breaded eggplant, rebellious goat cheese, and other mercenary flavors. Foodsmiths carefully craft the shrimp and capers pizza ($12.95+), balancing powerful flavors in the saucy valley between the rising crests of crust, creating a stunning view for the ingredients and ostrich epicureans who have buried their face in the pizza.
Sun streams through big windows at The Eatery at Carol's Place as diners sip on steaming cups of coffee and choose from an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch comfort food. Breakfast options include a variety of sandwiches and wraps, sweet delights such as belgian waffels and fluffy pancakes, and family-style breakfast options to share, such as a breakfast pizza with eggs and cheese. Lunch brings classic diner fare such as hearty salads, a make-your-own sandwich bar, burgers, and signature dishes such as Carol's "Famous" Open Faced Meatball or Eggplant Sub with housemade sauce. The casual restaurant evokes a homey feeling with a chalkboard menu, vases of cut flowers, and a cozy corner bookshelf.
The white oak wood-fired oven in Brickhouse Pizza & Grille can top 600 degrees when it cooks the restaurant’s signature hand-tossed crusts to a golden brown. The pizza chefs also top tables with traditional New York–style pizzas, taking form with gluten-free and whole-wheat crusts and diverse toppings such as baby shrimp, roasted red peppers, and grilled chicken. Housemade pastas compete for stomach space with sandwiches that include the Diesel burger—a mammoth half-pound patty stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon, then audaciously tempura battered and deep-fried. The eatery entertains patrons on select nights with trivia and live music.
Behind the counter at Mick's Pizzeria, handmade dough regularly pirouettes through the air, flung by the fingers of a pizza chef carrying on the nearly century-old tradition of New York–style pizza making. They top the pies to order, combining flavors from a pantheon of 26 ingredients that range from bacon and shrimp to eggplant and peppers. Delving into the menu, diners also might encounter other pillars of Italian-American cuisine, including chicken parmesan and baked ziti. The cooks supplement their pies with baskets full of tasty chicken wings, slathered in one of six spices and ready to singe taste buds.
Chicken marsala, beef lasagna, and baked ziti: all classic Italian entrees, and not generally what one thinks of when they imagine a pizza. But those are three of the specialty pies cooked up at I Love NY Pizza, providing diners with a double-dose of Mediterranean flavor. American tastes are well represented too, with ingredients such as star-spangled bacon and buffalo chicken landing atop thin crusts. The cooks also craft custom pizzas ready to be taken home and baked in guests' own kitchens. Crowd-pleasing fare, such as wings, mozzarella sticks, and hot subs, round out the menu.
Since 1988, the Ferrettis have been running their restaurant the same way they run the kitchen in their own home. If you walk in hungry, you'd better believe that you're leaving with a belly full of authentic Italian cuisine. The pizza here is a perennial favorite, and it's easy to see why; each pie emerges from the oven topped with bubbling mozzarella and toppings such as sausage and peppers. Hefty meatball subs and Italian-style dinners are also available, the latter served with salad, spaghetti, and bread.