With locations scattered throughout Rochester, the locally owned Cordello's serves hearty casual Italian fare to sate appetites of any size. Small, medium, and large pies arrive sliced into fourths, eighths, or twelfths and sport hearty toppings such as breaded chicken, bacon, or steak, while sheet-size pizzas extend to 32 slices to feed hungry party guests or test the division skills of the hungriest three. Plates of homemade Italian specialties perch upon tabletops in Cordello's family-friendly dining rooms, and delivery cars bear toasty boxes across the local area, allowing customers to enjoy the feast without leaving home. Committed to supporting the local community, the restaurant sponsors local schools and organizations, while hosting special events for youth, such as a "Make Your Own Pizza Day."
Captained by Chef Mario, the friendly staff at Carpani's welcomes customers with a menu brimming with steamy dishes of house-made pasta and other authentic Italian fare. Classic dishes include eggplant parmesan ($12) and chicken madeira ($15) sprinkled with sautéed mushrooms and peppers tinted in sepia shades. Through sheer coincidence, the chef shares his name with Nintendo's most heroic mushroom lover as well as the chicken à la Captain Mario ($16), which meshes sizzling chicken with buttery artichokes and roasted red peppers, sprinkled with a crisp layer of broccoli and black olives on a king-size bed of house-made pasta. Classic Italian surf dishes include the seafood alla rocco ($23), a sea of spicy marinara enveloping a medley of clams, mussels, and scallops.
Mr. Dominic's at the Lake's chefs have mixed together a vast menu of Italian cuisine for more than 25 years, from fresh seafood to all-natural veal prepared a dozen ways. Embark on comestible excursions with 12 steamed little neck clams ($8), which, when emptied, can be repurposed as castanets for impromptu percussion solos. Friday evening fish fries let diners dig into french haddock, sautéed in a lemon, butter, and wine sauce and escorted to tables with an entourage of pasta, potatoes, salad, or vegetables ($15). Meanwhile, the namesake Veal Dominic sautés tender cutlets with mushrooms, black olives, and artichoke hearts in a white-wine sauce ($19), and house-made ravioli packages stuffed with veal and spinach ($13) make great gifts for stomachs and neighbors' baby showers.
The disc men at Caraglio's Pizza melt golden cheese atop 16-inch New York–style pies, slicing them into 12 and applying them liberally to the stomach pangs of hungry diners. Hot dough discs come slathered in a traditional red or white garlic sauce that simmers in cheesy craters like a savory caldera. Each of the dozen slices has a boneless chicken wing to match, completing meals with a choice of five flavors, from mild buffalo and barbecue to a caribbean jerk sauce spicy enough to furl the tongue like a slap bracelet.
Sylvio Pizza's skilled cooks cover tables with hand-tossed thin- and thick-crust pizzas and mouthwatering, custom-sauced jumbo wings. Assemble a crack team of pizza busters and dig in to a large or sheet pizza layered in a choice of one topping. Accessorize pies with meaty fare such as pepperoni or ham, or test the crust's tensile cheese-strength by adding extra mozzarella, ricotta, or cheddar. Customers can pair a slice with sauce-slathered jumbo wings, opting for a spice coating between mild and XXX Hot for traditional buffalo-style wings, or try a more exotic taste such sweet 'n' sour or Cajun. Sylvio Pizza makes its pizzas from house-made sauce and dough, eschewing the flashy labels and luxury limos of store-bought ingredients.