The chefs at La Bottega Mangia Bene toss dough high into the air, letting it billow softly as it falls back into their hands. They slather on marinara sauce and top the pies with homemade and imported ingredients such as fresh mozzarella, meatballs, and pepperoni. Their unbridled enthusiasm for authentic Italian cuisine is also apparent in pasta entrees that recall the Roman Colosseum?s penne-shaped columns or the stuffed ravioli that paves the streets of Florence. A rustic dining room houses groups for private parties, and the restaurant even allows kid chefs to commandeer its kitchens during make-your-own-pizza birthday parties. Hip shakers light up the dance floor to the sounds of live-music events and a cracking fireplace, and the romantic interior surrounds diners with floral arrangements, sandy hues, and polished-wood fixtures. The restaurant also boasts free parking at the back of the building.
Wings Plus offers an extensive menu of rib-sticking fare for lunch and dinner daily, featuring grilled meats, barbecued treats, and healthy eats. Its wings, slathered in any of the 18 savory, sweet, and spicy sauces like flaming honey barbecue or garlic parmesan, come in traditional or deboned varieties with your choice of dipping sauce. Start with an order of the fried ravioli for an Italian-inspired appetizer ($6.99), or claw your way into Maryland-style crab cakes for a fresh sea-treat ($9.99). Sandwiches ($5.99) and 12" pizzas ($7.99+) are served alongside healthy options like roasted chicken and salads. Add an order of redskin potato salad ($2.49+) or sweet potato fries ($3.99) to a customized cup ($4.99+) or 40-strong bucket of wings ($31.99). All of Wings Plus's fare is prepared fresh on site and whipped up fast to order for dine-in or carryout, making it a great option for harried families too busy to cook or all cooked-out after hosting dinner for grandma's rugby team.
The sauce-slingers at Joanne’s Gourmet Pizza craft a menu of doughed delights and appetizing entrees made with fresh, homegrown ingredients. Start with an appetizer of sautéed mushrooms ($6.95) before hanging a fang on one of the many gourmet pies, such as the margarita pizza ($8 for a 9”), the lasagna pizza ($8 for a 9”), or the bacon cheeseburger pizza ($9 for a 9”). The baked clam pie quells seafood cravings ($10 for a 9"), and the pineapple-and-ham speckled Hawaiian pizza ($9 for a 9”) treats tongues to a taste of Island fare without having to lick a VHS copy of Cast Away. Alternatives to crusted concoctions include pasta noodles, which can flaunt a number of sauces ranging from garlic and oil ($7.95) to bolognese ($10.95) and a selection of hearty entrees that include chicken marsala ($13.95) and meatball parmigiana ($15.95). Or exercise mastication muscles gnawing on a savory sandwich, such as the chicken bruschetta hero ($7.95) or sharpen incisors on a Greek salad (8.95).
The culinary crew at Pete’s A Pie Pizzeria prepares each morsel from scratch using fresh vegetables and herb-infused olive oils. Specialty pan or Brooklyn-style pizzas marry swirls of homemade sauce—including marinara, creamy garlic, and spicy barbecue—with corresponding toppings and ringtones to create one-of-a-kind concoctions such as the barbecue-chicken pie or the salty pig—a blend of prosciutto, fresh basil, and red onions. Since it's comprised solely of a bustling kitchen and pickup counter, the eatery offers delivery or carryout only.
Brothers Mario and Sal Marino keep Neapolitan-style cuisine artfully alive by offering dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. For starters from the current summer menu, tantalize your stomach with savory spuntini such as polpette al sugo, a pair of meatballs served with ragu ($6). Insalata di carciofi hugs your tongue with freshly shaved artichoke, arugula, and parmigiano ($13), and a Milanese sandwich treats tasters to breaded chicken breast, organic greens, and tomato, trapped between homemade bread slices ($9). Although non-Italian restaurants resort to using excess lasagna noodles for napkins, La Bottega Marino's lasagna is served di carne, which features traditional meats ($13), or bianca, with mushroom, spinach, and bechamel sauce ($12). After an entree of pollo alla griglia, or grilled chicken breast ($15), guest can put their feasting muscles to rest with warm nutella pound-cake ($6).
The color blue comes in many shades, be it periwinkle, powder blue, or baby blue. Should you name a shade of blue, there's a good chance that color graces the walls of MLO Salon. In an effort to channel the calming, peaceful feeling of water, trickling streams, and leaky faucets that drip to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," MLO’s owner, Maria Orbinati, latched onto a blue color palette and never looked back. The end result was a calming, modern feel—yet one set in elegant relief by Greek columns and arches. Almost as an homage to the décor, the staff performs a deep hydration facial to mitigate wrinkles with a hyaluronic system. But this relaxing environment serves as an ideal locale for spa services beyond just facials; the team also renders hair, makeup, and nail treatments.