Luna Derosa's chefs draw inspiration from a variety of cultures, but their emphasis remains on approachable comfort cuisine with a refined edge. Although the menu features numerous Italian staples—including iconic Sunday gravy with braised meatballs, sausage, and beef braciola in tomato sauce—it also incorporates a variety of Asian and American influences. Chefs add a piquant dose of trans-Atlantic flavor with spicy Thai chili sauces and sriracha-spiked sour cream. They also sear porterhouse steaks, new york strips, and filet mignon on the kitchen's flat-iron grill. The bartenders, meanwhile, mix innovative cocktails using sage, muddled jalapeños, or flavored vodkas, which they infuse in-house. Illuminated columns dominate the split-level dining room, helping to gently light the space along with modern track lighting, chandeliers, and elegant wall sconces. The restaurant opens its outdoor patio during the warmer seasons so that diners can enjoy their meal beneath the stars, beside a smoldering fireplace, or in plain view of any attractive hot-air-balloon captains passing overhead.
Tiffany's founder and head chef Michael Romanelli Jr. begins every day by examining all the ingredients in his kitchen, checking seafood for freshness, squeezing tomatoes to test juiciness, and tasting his barbecue sauce to ensure it is just right. The chefs at all five of his restaurant locations follow Michael's example, folding fresh ingredients and housemade sauces into a sweeping variety of crunchy sandwiches, juicy wings, and American pub classics. They take great pride in their barbecue baby back ribs, which they baste in Michael's signature barbecue sauce and serve with sides of sweet potato and coleslaw. Diners await meals out in the lively bar and dining areas, clinking frosty pints of draft beers while watching sports games on more than 20 TVs.
The cooks at Healthy & Delicious are knowledgeable about the wholesome food they serve. For instance, they know that the spinach they sautée and layer over cage-free chicken burgers promotes healthy skin and bolsters immunity. Beneficial ingredients are plentiful on their menu, from the organic brown rice and chickpeas in the house-made veggie burger to the red peppers roasted on-site for Panini sandwiches with fresh mozzarella.
What started as a simple café is today an all-encompassing food emporium and market, all under the Juana Banana moniker. Within the crisp golden crust of the café’s classic empanadas, the chef seals in beef, potatoes, or spinach, forming just one of the traditional Colombian-inspired choices on the versatile eatery’s café menu. Whether guests stop in for lunch or to browse through Juana’s produce section, panini sandwiches make a popular treat with their fresh-baked bread and warm ham, chorizo, roasted pork, or vegetable fillings. As guests sip on Colombian coffee, they may catch notes of caramel and ripe berries, making the blend a complementary companion for the bakery’s sweet pandebonos—bread made with cheese and cassava starch. Customers may enjoy their meals at either table or lounge seating, using the free wireless Internet access to work or to pull up slideshows of palm trees to complete the tropical ambiance. Catering is also available to help customers bring Juana’s take on South American cuisine home.