The chocolate ice cream at La Forchetta Italian Ristorante stands out from the other desserts—cheesecake, cannoli, and tiramisu—in that it isn't made from scratch in the kitchen. Instead, it is imported from Italy. Whether they've been shipped in or built from the basics onsite, the ingredients of every meal at the venue follow the same trend: devotion to authentic preparation and flavor. The selection of housemade pastas includes manicotti and gnocchi stuffed with ricotta and romano. Seafood entrees decorate shrimp and mussels in italian seasoning, whereas plates of veal and chicken marsala arrive marinated in marsala wine.
The staff has had 27 years to perfect their menu of pizzas, meats, and starters, so they've also thoroughly researched what libations best complement the fare. Guests can sip wine and beer or close meals on steamy notes with cappuccinos rather than by having servers read checks in husky voices.
Wok With Jon culls foods and cooking supplies from the markets of several far East countries, including China, the Philippines, Japan, and Thailand. Multifarious aisles teem with products that can add an Asian zing to at-home culinary creations, including spicy pastes such as Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce ($3.25) and chili garlic sauce ($2.25). As shoppers nosh on a steamed siopao ($7), a traditional Filipino stuffed bun, some of Asia's most popular delicacies beckon from the shelves with promises of tasty snacks and rigged fortune cookies. White Rabbit Creamy Candy ($3) hops onto sweet teeth all the way from China, and Ramune ($2) lets thirsty customers an ocean away sample a popular Japanese soft drink. Wok With Jon's welcoming staff is always willing to offer cooking tips or answer questions from those who have never shopped at Asian grocery stores, such as time-traveling scientists from ancient Greece.
Eleven is an indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge and pool seated atop the eleventh floor of the Reunion Grande, serving small plates, cocktails, and stunning views. Snack on a grilled romaine salad topped with roasted-garlic-parmesan flan ($9) or crispy vegetable spring rolls with sweet chili sauce ($8) before filling a stomach suitcase with the surf & turf, a delectable duet of lobster ravioli and braised short ribs ($34), or the pan-seared sea scallops with goat cheese polenta, served with a zigzag of caramelized onions across its chest like an edible Charlie Brown ($27).