Owners Michael and Cynthia Bertolone and their handy staff fold hearty sauces and gourmet ingredients into the menu's traditional Italian cuisine. The quattro stagioni pizza employs a chorus of ham, mushrooms, black olives, and artichoke hearts to serenade taste buds (small $13.99, x-large $22.99), and lasagna comes in its traditional layered form with bolognese sauce ($9.25), or the avant garde baked lasagna bianca, enveloping mozzarella cheese, italian sausages, turnip greens and cream sauce ($11.95). Customers craving mealtime heroics can free ricotta, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses from imprisonment in the crust of the three-cheese calzone ($9.95) and ooze them to safety on fork-to-mouth airlifts.
The interior of Buck's Pizza resembles a cross between a cabin and a cozy sports bar, a place where inviting wooden paneling surrounds patrons watching sports on TVs and projection screens. However, one look at the menu’s second page and diners are quickly reminded that it’s a pizza place. The menu lists 22 specialty pizzas made with homemade pizza dough, which range from simple pepperoni pies to the more complex CBS Special with cheddar cheese, bacon, and rib-eye steak. Pizzas are served with hearty salads, chicken wings are slathered in a choice of 11 sauces, and hoagies are stacked between two slabs of homemade bread. For more intimate gatherings, guests can reserve Buck’s private party room.
Pateras’ Pizza Subs & Sports Bar combines spectator sports, video games, and culinary camaraderie, satiating famished local eaters with a diverse menu of hearty American fare. Pateras’ famous pizza ($7.69–$19.99) comes with anything from zero to four toppings, and the special pizza (10”, $11.99; 16”, $19.99) arrives wearing an edible outfit of pepperoni, mushrooms, ground beef, and a special blend of cheeses. Lasagna and garlic bread ($5.99) carbo-loads diners for upcoming Planet of the Apes movie marathons, while a vegetarian sandwich ($5.39 for small, $6.99 for large) packed with green pepper, mushrooms, onions, black olives, and provolone abides by humanity's uneasy peace treaty with chickens. Arcade games and pool tables give families a post-dinner competition far more wholesome than the impromptu demolition derbies that spring up at drive-in movies.
Run by Brooklyn and Bronx transplants, Nino’s Italian Restaurant draws up a hunger-busting menu of savory calzones, pastas, and hero sandwiches. Find tomato-free nourishment with the sauceless four-cheese pizza, which tops off depleted calcium reserves with mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, and provolone, all complemented by onion and fresh garlic ($14.95+). The seafood primavera proves that springtime romance isn’t just for vertebrates by wedding shrimp, scallops, and mushrooms together with tomato, onion, peppers, and artichokes in a white-wine garlic sauce ($14.95). The Sicilian pork chops emerge hot from beneath the kitchen's copper awning, two fried chops frolicking with peppers and onions amidst a marinara sauce rainstorm, for once not caring what the other chops say ($13.99). Diners can cap off theirs meals with the Ca Nino, a cannoli shell loaded with praline-cheesecake filling and covered in caramel, chocolate, and powdered sugar ($4.50).
An outing at Café Lazio dispatches taste buds on a tomato-filled odyssey to the shores of Italy, buoyed by a menu of pizzas, pastas, salads, and more. An order of bruschetta, with roma tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella ($5.95), shakes the cobwebs out of dark, hollow stomachs, and saucy circulars, such as the 14-inch margherita pizza ($12), delight incisors enamored of Euclidean geometry. Those seeking refuge from unrelenting phlebotomists can hunker behind the mushroom mounds and penne peaks of the chicken alfredo ($6.95) or the meaty strata of the beef lasagna ($6.25). Café Lazio also hosts live entertainment on Thursdays starting at 6 p.m., signaling the perfect time to unveil an arsenal of dance moves and complicated handshakes.
Petruccelli's Italian Eatery's quintessential edibles satisfy business-lunch goers, canoodling noodle enthusiasts, and famished famiglia alike. Employ a savory appetizer, hot bowl of soup, or crisp salad to rouse a tummy from hunger hibernation so that it can fully engage a main course in deep conversation about the appropriate places to wear harem pants. Italian classics, such as chicken florentine ($12.95/$8.95), veal marsala ($16.95/$10.95), and shrimp scampi ($16.95/$12.95) greet long-lost tongues with warm hugs, and the chicken tortellini alfredo playfully wrestles taste buds in a living room of cheese-filled pillows, fresh vegetable cushions, and velvety alfredo comforters ($13.50/$8.95). Sink your teeth into a calzone ($7–$8.95) or stromboli roll ($6–$8.95) if you're afraid of forks or indebted to a roving orthodontist.