At Primavera, executive chef Giacomo celebrates the cuisine of his native Italy with a menu of mouthwateringly authentic northern-Italian treats. Like a cuckoo clock that runs on ethanol, the appetizing bill of fare combines contemporary influences with Old-World traditions, dishing out house-made pasta and tender veal cutlets served alongside fresh catches of the day and wholesome risottos. Tender veal chops and colorful salads arrive tableside amid the relaxing ambiance of the rustic, cream-colored walls, or guests can mingle over glasses of flavorful wine at the full-service bar. In addition to gracing tables with delicious spreads, Primavera's helpful chefs impart their culinary techniques with occasional cooking classes—two-hour demostrations that prep students to prepare light meals, glean understanding of wine pairings, and add realism to imaginary garden parties.
Beneath proudly fluttering Italian and American flags, handcrafted New York–style pizzas and time-tested Italian dishes emerge from Johnny's New York Pizza's kitchen. From an outdoor patio, crispy thin crusts launch steam from homemade dough and fistfuls of toppings including mushrooms, genoa salami, and eggplant. Pasta strands teem with mussels, calamari marinara, or grilled chicken, and cold and hot hero sandwiches conceal veal cutlet and cheese-steak fixings. Checkered tables beg for customers to linger with marinara-festooned meals, and readymade pizza slices allow patrons to hastily pick up a meal or something to wave at passing ships to prove they have pizza.
More than 1,200 miles separate Corelli's Pizza and Pasta from New York City, though you wouldn't know from inside. Chefs Joe and David toss together generously sized New York–style pizzas; their medium pie measures 14 inches across and their extra-large pie measures one standard bigfoot foot: 18 inches. To help branch out from the standard pizza shop offerings, the kitchen staff also prepares pasta, sub sandwiches, and calzones and organizes a wine-tasting club.
Since 1979, the chefs at Bona Italian Restaurant have been baking pans of lasagna, tossing caesar salads, and piling sub sandwiches with Boar's Head deli meats. They craft Italian comfort food, topping linguine with mussels and clams and crowning pizzas with inventive blends of ingredients such as eggplant, bacon, and gorgonzola cheese. Beyond the plates of veal saltimbocca—cooked with white wine, prosciutto, and mozzarella—in the main dining area, a carefully selected vino menu can be found in the newly added wine bar. In addition to sips of grape-based libations, it offers high-top wooden tables and a flat-screen TV perfect for rolling-pin practice.
The chefs at Mimmo's Pizza Cafe & Catering favor Grande Mozzarella—a tender and buttery Italian cheese that can bake in high-temperature pizza ovens without getting scorched. They shower this magical mozzarella atop thin-crust and Sicilian-style pies before adding on fresh toppings such as eggplant, garlic, and green peppers. The versatile chefs also extend their culinary expertise toward a variety of other traditional Italian dishes, including ravioli, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana. They layer focaccia bread with turkey, ham, and roast beef, along with brie and dabs of spicy mustard.
As chefs slice up pizza pies and hot subs in the kitchen, baristas busy themselves behind the café counter. They whip up espresso beverages with a variety of decadent ingredients, from shaved almonds to sweet chocolate syrup to juicy cherries plucked from the gardens of ancient Roman deities.
Mozzarella Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria's owners, who also founded the catering company Chefs To Go, draw culinary inspiration from a chef and cooking instructor they hold high regard: their mother. In their kitchen, chefs conjure up the comforting flavors of home-cooked meals by making gourmet pizzas from scratch and anchoring plates with hearty pastas slathered in an array of sauces. After revving up their appetites with fried calamari or bruschetta, diners can split a margherita pizza embellished with sliced tomatoes and basil, or dive their forks into a warm bowl of cheese tortellini. Staying true to its owners' roots, Mozzarella Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria also caters for special events.