A brick oven radiates in the kitchen of Alexander's Restorante and Pizzeria, an eatery that opened in August 2013; in that oven, chefs bake made-from-scratch Neapolitan-style pizzas with thin crusts. Patrons can also savor pizzas with pan crusts, choosing from toppings that range from Italian meats to organic vegetables, or opt for healthy salads or grilled panini sandwiches. Bartenders pour wine behind a gleaming bar, pulling bottles of reds and whites from cherry-wood shelving.
The chefs at Pasquale's Italian Restorante carefully craft a sweeping menu of Italian favorites. They festoon New York-style pizzas with green peppers, mushrooms, and pepperoni slices, and they stuff these same morsels inside a calzone to create a hearty on-the-go meal or adequate replacement for your child's misplaced doll. They also dip eggplant rollatini into egg batter and layer lasagna with meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Hand-breaded veal and chicken parmigiana cutlets buddy up with entree-sized portions of pasta or nestle between slices of hot sub bread.
At Eastside Bistro, nestled within the Fashion Square Mall, an expert culinary team crafts gourmet burgers, flatbreads, and steaks. In the kitchen, wings receive a slathering in one of eight sauces before diners chow down on them along with barbecue pulled pork sliders and pesto burgers. Shrimp stuffed with lump crab meat sates the stomach as flat-screen televisions and a billiards table appease the eyes of diners situated indoors, while an outdoor seating area accommodates those who prefer free-range oxygen. Eastside Bistro pumps up their pub fare with live music every Friday and Saturday, and its catering department preps massive platters for onsite or offsite events and luncheons.
Tartini Pizzeria & Spaghetteria treats guests to a smorgasbord of Italian and American dishes, as well as old-school European treats from the owner's hometown of Piran, Slovenia. Diners chow down on the kitchen's signature creamy carbonara—made fresh each day—or devour the tartini pizza, covered in salami, proscuitto, pepperoni, and buffalo cheese. The savory pies bake to crispy perfection in a traditional wood-fired oven. They arrive at tables in sizes ranging from 10 inches, ideal for a hearty meal for one, to an impressive one meter—the perfect size for feeding a 15-person baseball team or two hungry marathon runners.
The fact that the owners of Numero Uno Cuban Restaurant chose a location with a dining room that seats up to 72 people is no coincidence. Embracing their Cuban heritage, they and their kitchen staff put an emphasis on family-style dining, showcasing a cuisine famous for tender, grilled meats, roast chicken, and stewed seafood. Each dish is an explosion of color and flavor, with shredded ropa vieja mingling with tomato and green peppers, and sides of earthy black beans or saffron-tinged yellow rice accenting entrees. Seafood staples such as whole fried snapper and lobster stew come in single or party-sized servings with the restaurant's catering services.
For more than four decades, Lido's Italian Restaurant's master chefs have filled their comfortable eatery's air with the same Old World aromas that linger in the neighborhood piazzas in Naples. They blend tomatoes and spices together and pour the resulting marinara sauce over sausage cacciatore or ravioli stuffed with cheese. They grind up basil and nuts to create pesto and mix it with spaghetti or ziti, and layer mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, pasta, and marinara sauce with wine, mushrooms, and peppers for their popular pizziolas. The chefs also prepare a variety of classic veal, chicken, and seafood dishes.