Sam Buca's is part fine-dining oasis of upscale Southern Italian cuisine and part laid-back sports bar serving casually delicious eats. Pull up a chair at a white-clothed table and open the menu of pasta, seafood, and meat dishes as hearty as a tugboat captain's laugh. Lemon chicken ($14), boneless breasts sautéed in a white wine and lemon butter sauce, lets savory poultry flavors dance on palates, while tilapia Italiano ($16), swimming with green onions and diced tomatoes in a white wine sauce, imbues taste buds with aquatic delight. Sam Buca's cannoli ($4) is homemade. Those who prefer the warm glow of TV screens reflected in their beer mug can head to the restaurant's bar and pick up the menu of more casual fare such as sandwiches ($5-$9), pizza ($10-$11), and wings ($8).
At Jullianni's, friendly staffers rush mozzarella-strewn pizzas, wings, and nachos to each table and booth in their open dining room, which is furnished with a high ceiling and sleek wood accents. Diners can also sate cravings for subs or idiosyncratic flavors such as crab cakes with banana-pepper tartar.
Caprio's Pizza professionals specialize in bedecking rounded rations with homemade sauce and fresh, generously sprinkled toppings. Peruse the menu and select a thin-crusted pie ($6–$17.95 with one topping) or stuffed pie ($14.70–$20.45 with one topping) to nourish friends or deliciously chart out next year's budget. Then, bedazzle your discus with toppings such as spinach, italian beef, canadian bacon, olives, or green peppers (additional toppings $0.75–$2.50 for thin, $1.75–$2.50 for stuffed). Those who prefer more angular entrees can opt for the italian chicken breast sandwich with marinara, sweet peppers, and mozzarella ($5.50), or the tortellini, meat- or cheese-stuffed pillows on which your choice of meatballs or sausage can lay their bulbous heads ($5–$8.25).
2 Goomba’s Italian Ristorante is an eatery that draws on generations of family recipes for its menu. Pastas here are housemade, and pizzas come topped with fresh ingredients, imported meats, and a blend of freshly grated cheeses. If you’re dining in, take advantage of the restaurant’s BYOB status and bring a bottle of wine, a six pack of beer, or a pail of milk.
Dance music pulsates through Red Velvet Lounge as party-goers indulge in late-night eats and specialty bar drinks amid a spacious nightclub. Bartenders pours out beverages from a fully stocked bar as guest saunter to the hardwood dance floor illuminated by the sporadic flickers of a colorful lights. Themed parties for Halloween and New Year’s Eve add variety to weekends, and Friday and Saturday nights introduce crowds to special-guest DJs and their finger-puppet entourages. Bites from the Lounge’s Italian-inspired menu fuel evening adventurers, with options including gorgonzola chips, Sicilian tilapia, and lemon-mascarpone torte.
Bertucci’s Restaurant & Lounge evokes a wilderness retreat with log-cabin-style walls, hardwood floors, and a central fireplace on a bed of stone. Exposed rafters teem with greenery and the rising steam of chicken and veal in authentic Italian preparations, in dynamic sauces such as lemon wine and marsala. The open space mingles cozy ambiance with more than enough space for catered banquets that serve up to 100 people. Seafood fillets such as salmon and halibut insulate pasta draped with garlic, olive oil, and marinara. Patrons can venture outside to sip wine or an espresso drink amid the sprawling verandas of Bertucci’s open-air patio, where a fountain stands in a pool of water and falcons swoop down to snag unattended cannoli.