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.
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.
Andrew Garavuso occasionally leaves his post as chef at Sicilian Oven to display his culinary abilities. In one appearance on NBC 6's morning show, he passed out samples of his eatery’s wood-fired pizzas and cooked mussels in white wine sauce. Back on the home turf of his kitchen, chef Garavuso stands over steaming pots of house-made sauces and cuts from-scratch pasta dough into strips of linguine or sheets to write lasagna recipes on. Around him, wood-fired pizzas emerge from ovens, steam pouring from fresh-made dough in golden circles or the square shape that is traditional for Sicilian pies. Tomatoes imported from Italy support toppings, such as olives, fresh basil, steak, sopressata, and gorgonzola.
Zuccarelli's chefs have been serving fine Italian dishes for nearly three decades, but their recipes date back much further. Every day, they re-create carefully crafted homemade pasta, buttery sauces, and savory meats that have been shared at Italian tables for centuries. The cooks expertly render innovative interpretations of these time-honored dishes, tending to pans of simmering veal, chicken, and seafood, and tossing pizza crusts with gourmet toppings and cheese.
In the dining room, diners linger over last sips of wine and final bites of homemade tiramisu. A Romanesque column towers over the room, beaming down on rows of cushy booths and walls lined with artwork. On Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, a guitarist serenades guests with authentic Italian music and 1980s video-game themes upon request.
The sauce painters at this easy-breezy beachside eatery fortify bellies with hearty appetizers and triangular morsels of pizza all through lunch and dinner hours. Diners can nosh on a dough disc featuring the bare essentials—tomato tears and cheese—or enhance their pie with selections from more than 20 toppings (an additional $1.75 each, not included with this Groupon). Customers weary from trying to secretly sew slices back together with needle and tongue can take a quick breather and elegantly lift their pinkies while sipping a well cocktail or glass of house wine. Alternatively, throats may acquire hydration from a bottle of domestic or imported beer or a gulp of the nearby ocean. Groups looking to orally mangle more than a large pizza can also enjoy an order of chicken wings, which arrive at tables accompanied by bleu cheese. If you’re seated inside, affix your eyes to one of Stingers Pizza's 25 TVs, which allow diners to easily catch sporting events and drop the ball during argumentative conversations about paying attention.