At La Piazza Cucina Italiana, owner Joey M. and his chefs want everyone to feel at home—so much so that they'll prepare anything their diners request as long as the ingredients are in the kitchen. But with their expansive dinner menu and tasting menus to boot, it seems unlikely that anyone would need to craft their own entree. Joey's team's penne à la vodka draws its name from a creamy blush sauce sprinkled with salty strips of prosciutto, and chefs garnish veal, steak, or chicken with ingredients such as artichoke hearts, olive oil, and white-wine sauces. To help encourage a fun, friendly atmosphere, Joey M. himself frequently opens for weekend live music by crooning Sinatra's greatest hits or leading the dining room in sing-along songs to bring flatware to life.
Tutto Gelato lavishes cups and cones with up to 20 flavors of creamy gelato and sweet sorbetto made fresh each day. Forged with natural flavors and fresh ingredients, each succulent scoop contains less fat than ice cream but more brain-freezing power than a city-council meeting at the North Pole. Nestle classic flavors such as cinnamon, peanut butter, and watermelon into a cup ($4–$6) to flaunt spoon technique, or crown a crisp sugar cone ($4.50) or waffle cone ($6.50) for a highly transportable treat. Tutto's gelato gurus routinely feature their more innovative concoctions, including honeymoon gelato, which hearkens back to decadent french toast breakfasts, and frutti di bosco, which teams strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry to form a smoothie-worthy super group. Frozen aficionados can saunter through the green door at Tutto's pale yellow, cottage-like storefront to grab take-home portions of tempting flavors by the pint or quart.
Salty breezes conjured from the North Atlantic can be a golfer’s worst enemy when traversing Avalon Golf Club. But for players who factor it into their swings, the breeze can help as much as it hinders as the course follows a path of narrow rye-grass fairways designed by Bob Hendricks in 1971. Hendricks incorporated eight natural lakes into the course’s layout, summoning the strategically timed squawks of gulls, hawks, and occasional bald eagles that soar overhead. Players looking to smooth out their swings can enlist the professional guidance of the club's resident PGA professionals, Ted Wenner and Dennis Jones, during lessons and clinics.
After rounds, golfers can lounge on Avalon Links Restaurant’s patio, which overlooks the 18th green. After refueling on sandwiches or fresh seafood, club-goers can discreetly drive their carts into the sprawling pro shop for apparel and gear from Ashworth, Life Is Good, and Titleist.
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The founders of Primo Hoagies chose the name “Primo” because it means “first” in Italian, and they felt it represented their allegiance to high-quality ingredients and tasty hoagies. They did an exemplary job of corroborating this choice, and customers took notice; so much so, in fact, that in the years since opening their flagship Philadelphia location, they’ve been able to franchise more than 20 stores. At each one, sandwich makers stay in line with the company’s original mission, piling rolls and wraps high with slices of prosciutto, hot soppressata, fresh mozzarella, chicken cutlets, meatballs, and pepper ham. They also construct low-sodium and low-fat sandwiches, as well as vegetarian creations for anyone who wants to save the meat trees.
At Sunrise Cafe, breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Each morning, chefs crack eggs and whip up batter before preparing omelets, fluffy pancakes, and belgian waffles topped with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. They also create signature breakfast dishes such as spicy chipped beef served with home fries and white, wheat, or rye toast. The eatery also includes lunch on the menu, preparing italian hoagies, half-pound burgers, salads, and bowls of housemade soup.
Located on Maryland’s eastern shore, Ocean City draws crowds to its wooden 2.5-mile long boardwalk, named on a list of the "10 great places to have some fun on a boardwalk" by USA Today. There, local fisheries bring in fresh scallops, lobster, and crab, and candy shops craft creamy fudge and molasses taffy. Kids can ride the ferris wheel and play the antique clown-head water-balloon race game at Trimper's Amusement Park, which has brightened the coastline for more than 100 years. Escape the crowds at Assateague Island Natural Seashore, a 37-mile stretch that runs from Ocean City down into Virginia. There, salt marshes and seaside forests create a scenic setting for bird watching and hiking. Since horseback riding is not permitted on the island from May 15 to October 8, the early spring is the most opportune time to see the beach from the saddle of a horse or a mobile mechanical bull.