For more than 15 years, Heavenly Pizza's culinary team has crafted pies from handmade dough, blended housemade sauces, and topped slices with fresh, never-frozen veggies. Ingredients such as broccoli, hamburger, and jalapeño top their pizzas, which reach up to 16 inches in size. Rather than color within the lines of traditional pies, the chefs playfully twist the pizza format with stromboli, ricotta-filled calzones, and crusts stuffed with cheese, sauce, and all the juicy details about pizza crust. More homemade red and alfredo sauces are slathered on heaping portions of pasta, which rounds out the Heavenly Pizza menu along with sandwiches, pitas, and salads drizzled in more than 10 dressings.
Before Jan and Mark ever met?and certainly before they opened Bianca's Ristorante together?they were in love with Italian culture. For Jan, it was in her blood: her grandparents opened a restaurant in the US after growing up in Udine, Italy, and Jan spent her childhood at her grandmother's side. For Mark, it was simply a fascination with the country's hospitality, its wines, and, of course, its cooking.
At Bianca's the two let their passions roam free. In the kitchen, Chef David Svoboda slow-cooks velvety tomato sauces from southern Italy as well as rich, buttery dishes from the north. White and bruschetta pizza's join brandy-saut?ed veal and popular garlic rolls that, like out-of-state cousins coming for a visit, arrive by the half-dozen. A healthy list of wines culled from around the world such as Italy, California, and South America punctuates the menu's offerings, as do handcrafted specialty cocktails such as the Martini Di Berry.
Chris and Michelle Lussier learned some of their most important lessons from their grandparents—techniques for cooking meatballs so they are plump and flavorful, the proper amount of garlic to use in homemade sauces, and how to manage a family-style restaurant with both efficiency and warmth. The duo and their chefs have been whipping up Italian specialties in their cheerful neighborhood eatery for nearly a decade, from creamy pastas to plump calzones. They speckle their pizzas with gourmet toppings, such as barbecue chicken and tender steak.
Tovos Grill draws its name from an acronym of the five joint owners, infusing the restaurant's American comfort food, sizzling grill fare, New York–style deli sandwiches, and pizza with quintuple bonds of friendship. Chefs load the dinner menu with carnivorous delights, including certified Angus cuts of prime rib ($17.99/14 oz., $15.99/10 oz.), slow-roasted and seared to successfully romance taste buds. Traditional homestyle dishes, such as meat loaf ladled with mushroom gravy ($11.99), settle comfortably into bellies and promptly hand up a framed cross-stitch. From the lunch menu, toweringly stacked deli meats straddle bridges of bread, as in the Times Square Triple Decker, which marries turkey to a classic BLT ($7.79). Pizzas roast in a wood-fired oven, including the Grande Pollo ($11.99/10", $14.99/14"), loaded with chicken, arugula, feta, onion, and olive toppings laid out in championship-winning chinese-checkers patterns.