Jazzeria owner Matt Criscuolo Jr. has been hanging out at pizzerias since he was 6 years old. After emigrating from Italy, his father opened a pizzeria where the entire family worked, giving little Matt an up-close look at the business of turning his mom’s recipes into feasts fit for the old country. Inspired both by his family’s livelihood and his passion for jazz, Criscuolo began his own pizzeria, where he now puts his more than 30 years of pizza-slinging experience to work each day.
Inspired both by family recipes and lessons he learns on his yearly trips to Amalfi, Italy, Jazzeria’s dishes derive their flavors from authentic Italian ingredients. Hand-tossed pizza dough transforms into pies including pesto pizza or the pescatore pizza topped with a trio of baby clams, roasted garlic, and bacon. Diners can enjoy dishes named after jazz greats—such as Lady Day’s Bolognese pasta—or grab a calzone to stuff in their pockets for later. In addition to housing tasty bites of the Mediterranean, Jazzeria locations live up to their name with live jazz performances three times a week.
Carvel has been churning up a creamy conglomeration of ice-cream bars, cakes, sandwiches, and other soft-serve treats made fresh daily with flavorful, kosher ingredients, for more than 75 years. Exercise your licker with small conefuls of soft-serve delight ($3.99), cool your palate after copious rounds of hot-wing ingestion with a large shake ($4.99), or opt for an ice-cream cake ($18.99–$39.99), which can be enhanced with an edible image of your choice (adds $5–$7). Click here to read some common FAQs about Carvel's creations, nutritional information, and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream.
The Rocco boys' love for pizza started in the Bronx, where they worked at their father’s pizzerias from a young age. Now, brothers Joe, Mike, and Frank are continuing their family's tradition at 10 locations of their own invention—all flaunting the Planet Pizza name tag.
A man can't build such a pizza universe without some serious pies. But inspiration isn't a problem for the Planet Pizza culinary team, who've molded more than 30 toppings into about 25 specialty circles, all available on gluten-free and whole-wheat crusts. In addition to specialty pizzas, the cooks concoct other menu choices such the compo salad with baby field greens, grape tomatoes, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, and dried cranberries or the buffalo chicken wrap loaded with strips of crispy chicken, lettuce, tomato, spicy wing sauce, and chunky blue cheese dressing are more convincing than Pluto as a mature planet.
Tazza Café's baristas serve a lively selection of handcrafted coffee drinks alongside light lunch fare and pastries that are baked fresh in-house. Express your support for the international caffeinated beverage of your choice, choosing from the Americano, cappuccino, and café au lait ($3.25+), or remain deliciously neutral with a steamy Belgian sipping chocolate. A refreshing iced tea ($2.25+) staves off summer's sweltering advances and a frozen hot chocolate ($4.35) bombards unsuspecting mouths with the oxymoronic warmth of an unlighted stove. Alternate caffeinated sips with fluffy mouthfuls of freshly baked treats, including scones, croissants, and jumbo muffins, available in flavors such as pistachio-walnut and cappuccino ($2.75).