Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
As kids, Rob Kash and Joe Mosco piled into the back seat to head to their nonna's?or their grandmother's?house for classic family-style Italian dinners every Sunday night. Drawing from some of her authentic recipes, they opened Nonnas Citi Cucina in memory to those dinners, from the ultra-fresh ingredients in every dish, to the importance of good food and great conversation. There, the kitchen turns out hearty plates of lobster macaroni and cheese, or family-style meals for four or more of rigatoni and chicken parmigiana. Served alongside a hefty wine list, the hospitable experience is made complete with reds and whites by the bottle or glass.
At Bagelicious Cafe & Gourmet Deli, bagels aren't just for breakfast. The warm, homemade rolls-with-a-hole also serve as a base for sandwiches piled high with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses or egg, chicken, and tuna salads. Burgers forgo a traditional bun in favor of a flagel—or flat bagel; bagel-less options include vegetarian or chicken fajita wraps, hot prosciutto heroes, and paninis stuffed with eggplant parmigiana or smaller, slimmer paninis. Still, it's hard to improve upon tradition, and guests won't be blamed if they prefer to enjoy their bagel in its most natural form—dressed in nothing but butter or a heaping helping of homemade plain, veggie, or strawberry cream cheese.
It’s hard to believe that all of the offerings on Paco’s Tacos extensive menu can come from one chicken, what with 12 types of tacos, 13 quesadillas, and more than 20 burritos that complement the house specialties. Yet the staff accommodates those who stride into the restaurant, which is marked by bright walls orange walls, hanging lamps, and Mexican-inspired artwork that reflects the creatively plated dishes. Taco salads arrive at tables nestled in giant, crispy tortilla bowls and the house specialty Molcajete Popocatepetl’s marinated grilled beef, chicken, jumbo shrimp and vegetables are served atop a sizzling lava rock.
Like a good actor or a defective penny, Mark Joseph's Restaurant has more than one face. Half of their menu is comprised of grilled pizzas, such as margherita and the sauceless white pie, while the other half is made up of new American cuisine, from the pork belly sandwich to a Colorado lamb shank dressed with butternut squash puree and pistachio mint pesto. Regardless of the dish, top Zagat rated Chef Michael d'Ennery and his kitchen staff source the ingredients from local farmers and growers, then craft each meal from scratch. Because of their dedication to freshness, their menus change seasonally.
Loving Hut’s name suits its peaceful mission: to create healthy dishes that benefit the body and show respect for the environment. Using vegan ingredients such as soy-based proteins and fresh vegetables, the chefs at each location create a unique menu of gourmet cuisine that serves as an accessible introduction to a plant-based diet; several of the restaurant's offerings can be made gluten-free as well. Vegan sandwiches and Asian-influenced noodle dishes and appetizers are paired with drinks such as smoothies and teas, each of them more refreshing than getting sprayed in the face with a seltzer bottle.