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Slyce Pizza Bar has a pizza for everyone, from the vegetarian to meat lover. Specialty pies run the gamut from white broccoli to buffalo chicken. Guests can enjoy their pies while saddled up to the full bar, where TVs provide necessary distraction from getting hypnotized by the barbecue chicken pizza. Along with pizza, the menu offers jumbo wings, calzones, and grinders.
Voted the area's best place for tapas in 2012 by readers of the Valley Advocate, Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar swells with the aroma of Spanish small plates. The culinary team whips up traditional dishes such as fried spiced potatoes and spanish veal and pork meatballs alongside modern creations such as babyback ribs with fried potatoes and barbecue aioli and short ribs in caramelized garlic and oatmeal beer sauce. Their menu also includes paellas, fideuas, and gluten-free Catalan-style crème brûlée, which guests can wash down with beer, sangria, or a wealth of white and red wine from the dramatically lit stone bar. Orange and burgundy walls enliven Ibiza's lounge-like dining room, where patrons can enjoy dinner or parties of 40–80 guests or retired Zorro's can feast at private soirees.
The Playwright's been serving classic Irish pub food and drinks since 1999. The menu features Irish specialties such as Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage, as well as burgers, nachos, and platters. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday they serve traditional Irish breakfasts, and of course the perfect pint of Guinness is always available. In addition to the pub, this spot also features outdoor decks.
Located near Quinnipiac University, Side Street Grille silences grumbling stomachs with a hefty menu of American comfort fare. Hungry patrons can fuel up before Monday-night raves with dishes such as Dave's Favorite turkey Sangawich, complete with grilled turkey breast, roasted red peppers, and swiss cheese locked away in a portuguese roll and protected by a battalion of fries or a baked potato, pickles, and coleslaw ($9.99). Big Ted's all-purpose grilled pizza presents a halo of grilled barbecue chicken, bacon, and onions topped in a trifecta of soul-warming cheeses ($11.99), and the Black Jack burger loosens up tongues sans casino drinks with a peppercorn and Jack Daniels–infused burger ($9.49).
Though Johnny Prete's dream of a gourmet deli full of go-go dancers didn't quite come to fruition, he reached his goal all the same. More than 30 years ago, Prete conjured up an idea: a place with great food that was both gourmet and un-intimidating. The result was his quaint deli, where daily specials are served alongside hot sandwiches, subs, burgers, and deli classics.