Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.
Butch's dedicated chefs build each of their Italian dishes from scratch, flavoring meats and pastas with sauces and dressings made fresh daily. They crown breaded chicken parmigiana with marinara, mozzarella, and grilled mushrooms, and they ladle crimson meat sauce over penne with grilled shrimp. In the dining room, marigold walls surround tables weighed down by thick cuts of lasagna, and a shiny, mocha-hued floor yields a mirrored reflection.
Purveying pizzas and subs is a family affair for the friendly staffers at Flyers, who have been offering patrons saucy circulars and savory sandwiches since 1976. Like the devastating barrage of cake and ice cream that the Air Force drops on other countries during their birthday, The Bomber signature pizza bombards unsuspecting tasters with palatable flavors, particularly its combination of provolone cheese, mushroom, green peppers, and a gathering of meats ($7.99 for stromboli, $13.99 for 11"; $17.49 for 13"; $19.99 for 15"). Peruse pizza and sandwich options here.
PaPa Joe’s menu (varies slightly between locations) specializes in replacing stomach voids with satisfying subs and tasty pizzas. Start with an eight-piece arrangement of wings ($4.95) whose sauces are kept secret unless you can guess your server’s middle name and favorite Muppet. After an antipasto salad ($6) spiced up with pepperoni, mushrooms, salami, tomatoes, and non-faux cheese, procure a personal seven-inch pizza ($4.25) with a topping of your choice. Or give your body’s gas tank a fright with one of PaPa Joe’s famous two-foot monster pizzas ($32.95 with one topping). You can also add extra summer to your summer by gargling a 10-inch Hawaiian pizza ($11.95)—which includes ham, bacon, black olives, and pineapple chunks—or sample all nine inches of the popular non-pizza, the richboy sub ($5.50+), served with ham, salami, peppers, and mozzarella.