Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
Zio Pasquale's is a neighborhood place where bring your own bottle is encouraged and good food is always being prepared from scratch, never frozen. The menu offers something for everyone from appetizers and salads to pastas, gourmet pizzas and delicious entrees.
At Foschini's, more than 25 types of pizza come and go from the searing brick oven, most bearing heaps of specialty ingredients. That's not the case for the eatery's signature margarita pie. This simple pizza packs only a trio of ingredients, blending San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves into one of Italy's most famous flavor combinations. Simple or complex, the pizzas are just one stop along the restaurant's tour of Italian cuisine. The menu also includes paninis, pastas, salads, and entrees that end with "parmigiana" (Italian for "permanent giants"). No matter what they order, diners often finish their meals the right way: with a cup of bracing coffee and a slice of tiramisu or cheesecake.
Designed after an Italian city square, Piazza Margherita brings the outdoors inside with striped awnings, faux-brick accents, and vines climbing the columns and streetlamps. A gurgling stone fountain at the restaurant's entryway welcomes guests with appetizer suggestions. The aromas of lasagna layered with ricotta cheese, pan-seared shrimp scampi in white-wine sauce, and cups of cappuccino flutter through the air, further transporting diners to Italian streets. During summer months, patrons flock to the torch-lit patio to split plates of chicken marsala and veal saltimbocca with prosciutto, spinach, and fresh melted mozzarella.
Sicilian-style pizzas are the name of the game at Bella Vita Pizzeria & Restaurant. Available by the slice or pie, the eatery's specialty pizzas range from the traditional (margarita and meat lovers) to the inventive (Nutella dessert-style pies and New York Ranch on thin focaccia). Aside from pizza, there are still plenty of other menu options: pastas, seafood dishes, focaccia paninis, and calzones, to name only a few.
Pulling from his years of formal training in culinary arts, chef Gabe Catalano captains a crew of highly trained chefs in Terrazza's kitchen. The team labors over pots of bubbling pastas and pans of sizzling meats and seafood before adorning them all with handcrafted sauces. Meanwhile, behind the bar, drink masters dole out glasses of fine Italian and California wines alongside specialty cocktails.
In the dining room, white tabletops speckle the floors beneath a sweeping mural of an Italian countryside. In the front of the restaurant, a red awning stretches out over a sunny front patio. Like an eye using a magnifying glass as a monocle, the restaurant's elegant bar transitions into a hotspot as the night wears on.