“Lasci il buon rullo di periodi,” reads the inscription over the bar at Pinocchio’s Ristorante. The phrase translates to “let the good times roll,” advice addressed to wait staff and patrons alike in the gently lit and richly colored dining room. Past the long, curving bar, rust-colored walls glow around golden sconces, and the smell of fresh tomatoes and sautéing vegetables fills the air. Drawing on generations-old family recipes and experience accrued during 25 years in the business, chefs at Pinocchio’s Ristorante craft a menu of pastas, risottos, and veal. In the kitchen, they slice paper-thin cuts of prosciutto, stir pots of truffle and cognac-reduction sauce, roast garlic, and whittle spaghetti down into angel hair. The din of pots and pans drifts behind the bar, where a cadre of mixologists whip up margaritas and martinis, ranging from the raspberry margarita to martinis made with van Gogh espresso vodka.
The culinary masterminds that brought Pinocchio’s Ristorante to Three Rivers have teamed up to bring another success, Gheppetto’s Grille, to Ware. Along with elegantly executed Italian fare, the restauranteurs wanted to add a touch of Americana to the menu, setting classics such as veal marsala next to wild-caught haddock wrapped in a crispy Ritz Cracker and panko breading. Fostering a festive environment ideal for an after-work cocktail or get-together with family and friends, the lounge entertains guests with a full bar lined with flat-screen TVs showing big, burly games. In the dining area, Gheppetto’s amicable staff seats guests at tables adorned with white tablecloths in a room of rustic browns and reds lit warmly under hanging lights. Supporting local artists, the eatery also enlivens its Thursday and Saturday evenings with live acoustic music.
Domino’s has been decorating dough canvases with flavorful sauces, an assortment of cheeses, and high-quality toppings that range from classic to unconventional since 1960. Domino’s dough is tossed daily and stretched by human hands, not by clumsy catapults and model airplanes flying in opposite directions. Treat friends to a tasteful feast by checking the online menu and crafting a custom masterpizza with Domino's wide range of ingredients. Famished diners too starved to choose their own toppings can select from Domino’s American Legends, featuring signature flavors from throughout the land. Pizzas such as the Pacific Veggie, Honolulu Hawaiian, or Wisconsin 6 Cheese impart all the delicious diversity of a road trip without the hassle of decoding an atlas. Nonpizza fare includes pastas, sandwiches, and breadsticks.
Using a wealth of fresh ingredients that includes choice cuts of beef, poultry, and seafood, The Villa Rose's culinary team whips up a menu of authentic, made-to-order Italian specialties. Items range from the chef’s italian chicken rolls and pan-seared scallops glazed with orange ginger sauce to shrimp and garlic linguine. Diners can choose from a hearty selection of of wines to wash down meals, which unfold in The Villa Rose's intimate dining room or a private room that accommodates receptions, weddings, and banquets of up to 175 guests.
The restaurant hosts events from live music to manicures courtesy of Accent Salon personnel. The lounge entices guests nightly with sports on high-definition flat-screen plasma televisions and lottery games such as the classic Buy This Numbered Card.
If you feel like a star at Grapevine Grille, it may be because you're literally on stage. A spotlighted table sits atop what used to be the bandstand when the Grille was still a nightclub, complete with a backdrop of glass bricks and an enormous hook to haul you off if you juggle your silverware.
In the years since its neon-signed origins, a wall has sprung up between Grapevine Grille's U-shaped bar and the dining room. A Tuscan influence is obvious in the menu, which makes room for classic chicken marsala and customizable pizzas loaded with everything from buffalo chicken and blue cheese to feta and gyro meat. Stateside favorites are likewise represented with blackened scallops with Cajun spices, sizzling steak fajitas, and quarter-pound burgers.
Abruzzo Restaurant satisfies cravings for Italian cuisine with a collection of classic dishes in a relaxed environment. Clams Casino, crisply dressed in bacon and breadcrumbs ($6.95), leads the menu's appetizer brigade, gaining footholds in hunger just long enough to lead dining denizens to pizza groves and pasta-grazing grounds. House specialties skew toward chicken and veal dishes, with the lightly egg-battered chicken francaise enjoying a bath of white wine, lemon juice, and butter sauce ($13.45), while the tomato- and mozzarella-topped veal and eggplant parmigiana establishes a middle ground to quiet ordering dilemmas ($16.95). Meal medleys such as honey-bourbon-glazed chicken and baked stuffed shrimp, accompanied by pasta or potato, seamlessly marry land and sea, prompting some diners to consider growing fins to live an underwater lifestyle ($16.95).