Aromas of roasting pine nuts, pesto sauces, and baking lasagna fill the air as chefs at Ferrari’s Little Italy and Bakery craft traditional Italian fare according to the owners' family recipes. They sprinkle the signature insalata Ferrari with cranberries, pine nuts, and gorgonzola cheese and top the pollo basilico's roasted chicken with rigatoni, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto cream sauce. Additionally, a pair of bakers slides around 150 loaves of fresh focaccia bread into their ovens each day, yielding slices topped with three colors of bell peppers, spinach, and gorgonzola cheese. These appear in glass bakery cases alongside pastries and artisan gelato from local dessert makers Madisono’s Gelato and Sorbet.
Inside Ferrari's multiple dining areas, gas fireplaces flicker among exposed-brick walls, and family photos help create a homey feel. On the outdoor patio, fragrant wisteria vines climb a wooden pergola, and a picturesque fountain quietly babbles recommendations from the wine list.
Rusty's Ristorante's chefs craft a truly extensive menu that presents classic Italian and American cuisine side-by-side. The menu is characterized less by fusion than partnership; chicken livers and bacon share a menu page with veal marsala, and appetizers feature eggplant parmigiana or calamari next to good, old-fashioned hot wings. But beyond all of the choices, seafood, pasta, and veal hold the spotlight here, with specialties such as veal picatta, charbroiled halibut, and a dish made up of half spaghetti and half ravioli for the full Italian experience. Hoagies, burgers, and ribs help round out the menu, and all dishes can be complemented with a glass of wine or beer in a down-to-earth casual atmosphere.
Conceptualized by Chef Joshua Steven Campbell, a Cincinnati native, Mayberry and World Food Bar bring creative tastes to the community without ever pressuring the community to adopt creative eating techniques in return—traditional methods such as teeth and forks are acceptable. Mayberry's modest, warm atmosphere invites patrons to feast on fancified versions of classic comfort food such as the Sloppy Josh sandwich (slow-cooked beef with rosemary and spicy mustard, $7) for lunch, paired with a tater-tot casserole ($3). Transitioning palates to dinner hour are elegant small plates such as pepper-bacon-wrapped pork medallions sweetly accompanied by barbecue chickpeas and goat cheese ($10) and the restaurant's herbed flatbread with guava, kalamata olives, and feta cheese, which can be made with lamb or with minted tofu for vegetarians ($10).
The menu at ZZ’s Pizza Company overflows with gourmet pizza, soups, pasta, and other hearty comestibles. Find peace for a grumbling, disgruntled stomach by picking through a wedge salad’s iceberg lettuce, sliced roma tomatoes, and crisp bacon topped with house parmesan dressing and gorgonzola cheese ($4.50 for a side, $6.50 for an entree). A dish of lasagna ($12) or a homemade meatball hoagie ($9) with onions, peppers, tomato sauce, and provolone will help ward off unruly appetites and down-on-their-luck comic-strip cats. Elsewhere on the menu, pizzas abound—choose your size and cover it with the perfect assortment of regular and gourmet toppings ($7–$12, plus toppings). Select one of ZZ’s recipes, such as an 8-inch four-cheese pizza ($9) crowned with smoked gouda, mozzarella, gruyere swiss, and romano cheeses. Or opt for the delicious seafood pizza, a deep-sea-caught specialty that features lobster, shrimp, and crab meat ($11.50 for an 8-inch edition).