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.
As a pleasantly unpretentious pizza and pasta paradise, Rotelli entices regulars who stop by for lunch and dinner to gather with friends, raise a few glasses, and indulge in fine Italian meals. The menu taps its homeland heel with light starters, such as bruschetta italiana ($6.99) and crispy calamari ($9.99). It sends a swooping high-kick well north of Sicily with chicken parmigiana, layered in ricotta and mozzarella, served with pasta ($15.99), and hand-tossed Napoletana pizza, dressed in pepperoni, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and sausage ($10.99 for 10", $18.99 for 16").
A trio of cheerful New Yorkers oversees the pasta purveying at Cucina Orecchio, where Chef Cristian Marquez stuffs a robust menu with classic Italian cuisine until it bursts at the seams. A palate-whetting troupe of appetizers touts New York–style baked clams, which arrive donning a tangy mix of seasonings and zesty Knicks jerseys ($9). Pasta entrees—which are served with a cup of soup or a house salad—range from the smooth and creamy penne alla vodka ($13) to the thick and meaty rigatoni bolognese ($14). Seafarers cast their anchors alongside the seafood fra diavolo with linguini ($16), and meat-seekers occupy their mandibles with daily specials such as the veal marsala ($15). Wash down a plate of authentic Italian eats with splashes of wine by the bottle or glass.
The chefs at Mimmo's Pizza Cafe & Catering favor Grande Mozzarella—a tender and buttery Italian cheese that can bake in high-temperature pizza ovens without getting scorched. They shower this magical mozzarella atop thin-crust and Sicilian-style pies before adding on fresh toppings such as eggplant, garlic, and green peppers. The versatile chefs also extend their culinary expertise toward a variety of other traditional Italian dishes, including ravioli, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana. They layer focaccia bread with turkey, ham, and roast beef, along with brie and dabs of spicy mustard.
As chefs slice up pizza pies and hot subs in the kitchen, baristas busy themselves behind the café counter. They whip up espresso beverages with a variety of decadent ingredients, from shaved almonds to sweet chocolate syrup to juicy cherries plucked from the gardens of ancient Roman deities.
Mozzarella Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria's owners, who also founded the catering company Chefs To Go, draw culinary inspiration from a chef and cooking instructor they hold high regard: their mother. In their kitchen, chefs conjure up the comforting flavors of home-cooked meals by making gourmet pizzas from scratch and anchoring plates with hearty pastas slathered in an array of sauces. After revving up their appetites with fried calamari or bruschetta, diners can split a margherita pizza embellished with sliced tomatoes and basil, or dive their forks into a warm bowl of cheese tortellini. Staying true to its owners' roots, Mozzarella Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria also caters for special events.
Flavors of Italy and Peru form a mouthwatering marriage within Nonna’s kitchen where chefs conjure platefuls of both countries’ signature dishes. They entangle homemade pastas with meatballs and sausage, slather marinara over tender slices of veal or eggplant, and sear up thick pork chops and sirloin steaks. On the Peruvian half of menu, the spotlight shines on seafood-bejeweled stir-fries, citrusy ceviches, and hearty chicken and pepper stew. The restaurant also caters to on-the-go diners and proud computer owners with online ordering for pickup and delivery.