Five brothers are behind the success of Papapolloni Bistro, with chef Sergio Alonso heating things up the kitchen, David Alonso overseeing restaurant operations, and the other three contributing their insight to the menu. Their Greek specialties include spanakopita, a spinach-and-feta casserole whose square pieces resembles lasagna and offer tasty substitutes for traditional bricks when building a home. Seafood ravioli and gourmet pizzas offer tastes of Italy, and numerous meats—including pork tenderloin, filet mignon, and lamb—brown up on the grill before being plated beside seasoned vegetables. The restaurant also pours more than two dozen wines by the glass, including a couple of wines from Greece.
Though Bocelli's Ristorante's stone ovens and gleaming stovetops are only a few years old, they churn out ancient Italian recipes perfected over generations. Baked thin-crust pizzas sport medleys of tiger shrimp, goat cheese, and pesto sauce, and fresh seaside Mediterranean flavors echo in the seafood-stuffed ravioli. Massive murals of that sunny shore cover the walls, depicting vine-entrenched villas sitting on the edge of an aquamarine sea. Live musical performances and events, such as Winemakers dinners celebrating Napa Valley vintages, provide entertainment for the mind as well as the palate, without the need to lick every page of a calculus textbook.
The sprawling 18-acre family-friendly amusement park dubbed Funworks initially began as a miniature-golf course, Putt-Putt Golf, before expanding to include a coin-operated-game room in 1989, which first bore the Funworks moniker. Today, its current incarnation helmed by Freddy Foreman, the facility's foreman of fun, showcases multiple family-friendly attractions at two locations. The grounds house remote-controlled racing tracks, batting cages, and an expansive mini-golf course that weaves across 54 holes. Additionally, patrons will discover other curios of entertainment such as a mechanical rock-climbing wall and a teddy-bear factory where children can customize stuffed animals to fulfill carpool-lane requirements.
The aroma of chicken cooking fills The Chicken Barn, where patrons can opt to have their poultry à la carte or generously surrounded by biscuits and sides such as corn or mashed potatoes. Chicken resurfaces throughout the menu fried or as friendly nuggets, and garden salads add gastronomic diversity. Diners can then tackle desserts such as cheesecake or brownies, which end meals more easily than writing out closing credits on napkins.
The whirr of the espresso machine counterpoints the sizzle of the grill at J's Coffee House & Grill. Here, baristas blend lattes and cappuccinos to help kick-start mornings without fitting people with an actual kick-starter. Panini sandwiches and wraps loaded with cheese and meat come hot off the grill , and customers seeking sweet options can choose from a selection of coffee-friendly pastries.
Flexibility is key for Xpress Bodyworks' massage therapists. In addition to soothing musculature and minds through Swedish strokes, craniosacral techniques, and reiki therapy, they target signs of chronic pain with deep-tissue pressure and trigger-point work, always adapting their techniques to the client. The studio's signature treatments combine elements from each approach, forming personalized bodywork sessions that simultaneously address aches and energy concerns.
Gentle music plays in the private treatment rooms to put clients at ease even before they climb atop the heated massage tables. Flickering candles illuminate the space and a draped ceiling reinforces a spirit of calm as the therapist and the client discuss bodywork needs, lifestyle concerns, and whether it's good for the back to fall asleep in the bathtub.