The ambrosial aroma of Italian spices fills the air inside Pizza Time Caffé, which dishes up an extensive menu of pizza and traditional Italian favorites. The thin-and-crispy Grandma pizza with fresh mozzarella and marinara sauce ($21.99) and the pizza caprese with fresh plum tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil ($15.99) are Italian-style pies that transport diners to the old country. Meanwhile, a 16-inch New York–style hand-tossed crust topped with mozzarella ($14.99), and additional toppings such as pepperoni or ricotta ($1.50 each), brings tears of joy to Empire State eyes faster than Derek Jeter turning a double play before saving twin babies from a burning building. Adventurous appetites can try a specialty pie such as the mashed-potato pizza with bacon and three cheeses ($26.95) to rebel against the traditional rules of pizza creation. For those seeking a less disk-based cheese-and-sauce infusion, Pizza Time Caffé offers an astounding variety of Italian classics such as lasagna ($12.99) and eggplant rollatini twisted up with ricotta cheese and prosciutto and served with tomato sauce and pasta ($14.99). A wide selection of subs suits hands-on diners in a hurry while cappuccinos ($4 each) and espressos ($2.50 each) keep their engines running.
Like any good wing stop, Wings-N-Ale coats its fried or grilled chicken wings in a variety of sauces. But in addition to classic barbecue and mild, medium, and hot options, Wings-N-Ale has inventive dressings in flavors such as raspberry, parmesan-garlic with parsley flakes, and olive oil and herbs with a hint of lemon and lime. The sauces make their way onto other dishes too, including burgers and grilled mahi-mahi sandwiches. Diners watch sports on the eatery's five TVs as they revel in each bite, pairing savory flavors with a selection of domestic brews.
Mirrors and ornate paintings surround diners at Lily Garden with a serene atmosphere as they sample a menu filled with Hunan, Cantonese, and Sichuan dishes. Each white-clothed table in the dining room supports a crescent vase of flowers, and red paper lanterns dangle above the booths along each wall. Delivery and catering services are also available.
Tender pieces of chicken, beef, shrimp, and pork simmer in a variety of aromatic sauces, including curry, savory black bean, and fiery sichuan. The Triple Crown In Bird's Nest specialty holds chicken, pork, shrimp, and vegetables in a crispy potato basket, and the seafood straw mushroom combines succulent lobster, scallions, and scarecrows used to frighten away hungry pelicans. Lily Garden also serves beer and wine and curates a gluten-free menu for patrons who swear off the wheat-based protein.
Executive chef Kevin Lee's 20-year career rolling sushi pays off at Japango. His skills shine at the trendy eatery, where he creates more than 50 varieties of sushi rolls, including the Japango Lobster Bomb—a bundle of tempura lobster, asparagus, and fish eggs encased by a shell of tempura lobster. Lee's experience with cuisines outside of Japan is highlighted as well, as the menu features dishes such as pad thai and beef and broccoli.
Japango's popularity has warranted an expansion to two new locations. Both hot spots mimic the original restaurant's modern vibe, characterized by clean lines and dim, tear-drop lighting, which sets the mood for a romantic evening or a tantalizing game of footsie with a table leg.
If it lives in the ocean, there's a good chance The Whale Raw Bar and Fish House serves it on its menu. From dolphin to lobster and shrimp to clams the chefs prepare a spread of fresh seafood, including a full raw bar and entrees that come in the form of sandwiches, tacos, and fajitas. The interior of the dining area makes for a fitting accomplice to the menu's selection, with lobster and crab traps on display and a stuffed orca whale suspended from the ceiling. Outside, patio dining enhances meals with lakeside breezes.
Pies slathered in homemade sauce bake to a crisp, golden finish over hot embers inside ovens at Giovanni's Coal Fire Pizza. 15 homemade Italian dinners, authentic pastas, chicken dishes, sandwiches, and salads top tables inside both locations, which each sport exposed-brick walls and a bevy of flat-screen televisions.
Big Al's Steaks stays true to their state of origin, assembling a menu of authentic Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks on foundations of bread imported from the City of Brotherly Love. Jaws stretch as wide as a grounded child's imagination as companions devour the cheesesteak sandwich, a plump feast escorted by traditional east coast accouterments of thinly sliced rib eye and a choice of Cheez Whiz, american, provolone, or mozzarella cheeses. Hot roast-beef slices swim in italian-spiced gravy atop the roast-beef sandwich, and meatballs made from freshly ground rib eye keep each other company inside italian rolls on the meatball sandwich. Ten toppings, such as fried onions, pizza sauce, and sauerkraut, extend their condimental services toward stuffing sandwiches, and one-pound of monster fries metes out thick bites of potato doused with Cheez Whiz, onions, peppers, and mushrooms. As they gobble, duos can slurp soft drinks and toast each other over a shared appreciation for carbonation or a mutual disdain for losing three-legged races to anthropomorphic tripods.