Pizzeria DaVinci's menu is home to golden calzones and classic grinders, but the restaurant is known best for its thin-crust pizzas made from fresh dough. Because they're cooked on top of a blazing-hot stone, the pies develop a crisp crust that lays the foundation for gourmet toppings such as meatballs, smoked bacon, and gorgonzola cheese.
Passed from Andy Saldamarco to Tom DeLuca, Saldamarco?s Deli has been a fixture in the community for 33 years, and DeLuca carries on Andy's recipes as he serves up many of the same sandwiches and hot foods such as eggplant parm, chicken parm, meatballs, and sausage and peppers that have kept it a local staple. Saldamarco's was also voted #1 best Italian Deli in the 2013 Best of Shoreline Readers' Poll, #2 for best soups, and #3 for best salads. Freshness is a priority, as all salads are made fresh including tuna salad with Hellman's Mayo and the Deli grinds their own beef with no additives. Housemade roast beef adds tasty weight to soft sub rolls, and freshly cut steaks and pork roasts line the butcher's case alongside strands of housemade italian sausage that are great for grilling in the summer or exercising when a jump rope is unavailable.
In the kitchen of Nuzzo's Apizza, third-generation pizza maker Barry Nuzzo and his team of cooks prepare thin-crust New Haven-style pizzas and Sicilian-style pies layered with ricotta cheese. Patrons can choose from toppings such as bacon, clams, or red peppers roasted on-site, or opt for a specialty pie: the Eggplant Rollatine, for example, which combines eggplant, marinara, ham, ricotta, and Parmesan. The cooks also make gluten-free pizzas, pasta dishes, and submarine sandwiches.
At The Pizza Grille of Mystic, chefs grill freshly tossed dough over a wood-fired grill, then layer the thin, crispy discs with gourmet toppings such as ricotta, wild mushrooms, and fresh herbs. Though the namesake entree puts a creative spin on pizza dough, most dishes cleave closely to traditional Italian recipes. Chefs load calzones with housemade tomato sauce and nearly 2-dozen fillings, the same number of fillings found in the mouth of the average sugar-company owner. The kitchen team also tosses pastas with wood-grilled meats and from-scratch marinara sauce.
The chefs at Roma Pizza & Restaurant flexed their creative minds when they built two dozen gourmet pizzas topped with such ingredients as scrambled eggs, clams, steak, potatoes, and sour cream. They stick to the classics when compiling Italian dinners such as baked ziti and chicken parmigiana. Roma Pizza delivers, with orders accepted via phone, their website, and singing telegram.
Pizzeria DaVinci's 11 locations may be located in all corners of Connecticut, but they're all connected by the same Sassi family recipes and brand of stone ovens that perfectly crisp each thin-crust pie. All their pizzas are prepared with dough made fresh daily, from their signature DaVinci pie with fresh spinach, futuristic inventions inscribed in the crust, and sun-dried tomatoes to an Angus cheeseburger pizza with ketchup, mustard, and pickles. The menu also includes gourmet salads and hot and cold sandwiches.