Pizza Fusion delivers pies in hybrid vehicles, uses eco-friendly cleaning products, gives discounts for recycled pizza boxes, donates to environmental causes, and uses utensils made from potatoes. Its planned moon base will lack outdoor seating but will be 100% carbon neutral.
Between still life paintings hung on terracotta walls or in the shade of an awning, diners at Pasta e Pollo spear, twirl, and slice classic Italian entrees and pastas. True to its name, the eatery specializes in pasta and chicken. Specialty pasta dishes pair fettuccine with wild mushrooms and bacon, drench angel hair in veggie-laden pink sauce, and spangle linguine with red onions, capers, olives, and anchovies. Chicken breast is gussied up with combinations such as prosciutto, eggplant, and mozzarella. And because Pasta e Pollo is a BYOB restaurant, diners can bring their favorite wine from home or their favorite grape stomping coop.
At Biagio’s Ristorante, chef Jimmy Perides bakes individual pans of housemade lasagna and tosses imported and gluten-free pastas that earned the restaurant its Zagat rating. He puts his own mark on the menu with the steak ala chef, a new york sirloin steak crowned with cherry peppers, roasted garlic, and shitake mushrooms. Servers deliver wines from a selection of 50 handpicked bottles, which are often uncorked at seasonal tastings or splashed around at annual “wine fights.” The restaurant’s robust wine collection won it a 2010 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. A gurgling rock fountain stands at the entrance of the restaurant, welcoming patrons into the main dining area and adjacent wine room, and a flickering fireplace casts a warm glow over terracotta walls.
TheFlatzCo.’s sweet, savory, and customizable pizzas tempt both adventurous and health-conscious pizza-lovers with more than 25 exotic ingredients and whole-wheat dough made without yeast but with organic extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt. Flatz protects the eroding crusts of their 11-inch, personal-sized pies by planting peculiar, ecosystem-boosting toppings. The jammin banana flat piles on bananas, strawberries, mozzarella, and Flatz tomato sauce, the vampire slayer flat smothers itself in garlic and mozzarella, and the wild forest shroom flat picks four different mushrooms for a fungal feast. Saucy disk dinners receive a sweet finish with a lemon peel and ginger root mash soda, a Haagen-Dazs toasted marshmallow shake, or a paradise potion smoothie with coconut, mango, low-fat frozen yogurt, and pineapple juice.
Alex Bistro serves classic Italian dishes in a casual atmosphere of rustic red accents, wood floors, and ambient lighting to reflect off the restaurant's centerpiece, the artisan-crafted cuisine. Edible expeditions can commence with the clams oreganata, freshly baked clams in a breadcrumb shell ($8.95), or the arugula salad, dotted with black olives, tomatoes, onions, and parmesan cheese and showered in a house-made vinaigrette ($5). Pillowy gnocchi swims with fresh spinach, garlic, and pancetta in a pecorino romano–cheese sauce ($15.95), and stuffed tilapia romantically recites sonnets alongside crabmeat in a butter sauce ($21.95). Engage in some calf exercises with the veal napoleon, cloaked in a suit of eggplant, prosciutto, mozzarella, and tomatoes and drizzled with cherry-wine sauce ($15.95). Alex Bistro harbors three hand-carved bars, all fully stocked with elixir mixers, an impressive selection of wines, and beers to sip on during live entertainment on select evenings, such as live bands or your uncle's interpretation of Barbra Streisand's Woman in Love, complete with spaghetti wig and marinara tears.