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 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 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).
Portofino Ristorante wins over visitors with feasts of baked clams, slow-cooked pork loins, and tender sautéed chicken atop beds of pasta. Perched upon City Island's waterfront, the restaurant cultivates an atmosphere that, like a tractor christening, is simultaneously rustic and urbane. The patio gives diners a view of New York's skyline; the interior evokes the image of a banquet hall in an Italian countryside villa—maroon leather chairs, warm light descending from chandeliers, and walls decorated in a stucco-esque scumbling and murals of Mediterranean harbor scenes. Guests sup on shrimp stuffed with crab meat or sautéed broccoli raab in cozy candlelit booths, break bread in the Piccolo Room or banquet area, or toast goblets of wine at the tucked-away wraparound bar.