Whether swirling sauce across a hand-tossed pie or assembling hot subs, the staff of Pyro Pizza take care to use fresh ingredients. Mixing, rolling, and tossing dough fresh daily, they scatter pizzas with mozzarella, sauces such as tomato and pesto, and toppings arranged into hilarious equations. The kitchen also preps giant salads, saucy pastas, and golden-brown calzones.
The pie producers at Four Boys Pizzeria assemble specialty thin-crust pizzas upon request with homemade dough and tomato sauce that work in tandem to cushion a flurry of fresh toppings. Customizable pies encourage veggies such as spinach and eggplant to share prime crust real estate and interior-decorating advice with meats such as sausage and ham. Pre-determined topping arrangements festoon gourmet pizzas such as the Four Boys Favorite, a cheeseless amalgam of broccoli, fresh tomato, and fresh garlic. A full-service catering menu conquers hordes’ hunger with subs that measure up to 6 feet and steamy trays of pasta that feed up to 25 people.
The kitchens at Johnny G's produce a wealth of homestyle Italian cooking, including stuffed crust pizzas and pies laden with toppings such as meatballs or sundried tomatoes. As diners dig into chicken parmigiana or a hot sub, they can sip on an alcoholic beverage carried from home or the fermented apples they store in a back pocket. In addition, catered pasta can feed ravenous partygoers during birthdays, baptisms, and séances.
Lavallette Trattoria seems to fill with the sun of the Italian countryside. The warm hues of fresh tomatoes spill from a wide and colorful mural in the dining room. Through painted stone arches, it depicts an idyllic village, an ideal backdrop for the chefs' spin on Italian pastas, pizzas, and other dishes. Amid flowers, wine bottles, and hanging baskets, patrons twirl pastas in vodka or meat sauce, crunching through stalks of broccoli rabe or chewing tender morsels of chicken. Filets of veal are cooked in different styles. To make them francese style, chefs egg batter the filet and add lemon and white wine sauce. To craft bolder marsala, they reduce red wine with mushrooms. Thin New York-style pizza crusts slip from the oven, strewn with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and roasted peppers like the National Museum of Italian Food and Catapults.
In 2009, Raffaella Pagano and her son, Anthony, decided they wanted to start a new era of fine dining in Bradley Beach. Having already owned and operated a family restaurant on Ocean Avenue, the Pagano family saw their new enterprise as a way to carry on a legacy that had begun decades earlier. Today, their family torch burns brightly from within Pagano's Uva Restaurant & Wine Bar, where chefs craft innovative Mediterranean and Italian dishes using seasonal produce, seafood, and authentic oils and cheeses. Diners dive into those dishes while soaking in the ambiance of two distinct areas, including a cozy bar and lounge framed by dark woods.