A portmanteau of “mozzarella” and “pepperoni” gave Marvin Mozzeroni’s its playful name, but the origins of the restaurant itself are rooted in New York. The pizzeria was founded by two Rochester natives in 2004 as Starving Marvin's Pizza before they changed the name in 2007 when they turned their single eatery into a franchise. To this day native New Yorkers own and operate the five locations found throughout the state, including their two new locations in Henrietta and Greece.
The emphasis here is on their numerous specialty pizzas, baked in a brick oven and made fresh daily with hand-tossed dough. They come with a thick or thin crust and homemade red or white sauce, and can be ordered whole or by the slice. The menu also features other Italian food, including calzones and chicken parmigiana, as well as a mix of American-style classics such as hoagies, cheeseburgers, wings with homemade sauce and bleu cheese, and hot dogs. Those with food allergies can opt for gluten-free pizza.
Under the guidance of the Sarma brothers, who own and operate Haveli Indian Cuisine, the chefs take care to turn out traditionally crafted Indian dishes that showcase tender lamb and chicken baked in clay ovens. Each geographic region of India has its own variation on common recipes, and Haveli's menu mirrors this broad culinary scope. Plates of vegetarian saag paneer spice up spinach cooked with cubes of cheese, and fiery vindaloo entrees send bites of shrimp or chicken blazing across taste buds. Platters of rich curries and sides, such as freshly baked roti or samosas, keep the lunch buffet packed for people on a break from work or spelunkers searching for something that's truly bottomless.
Within his cozy, red-brick restaurant, chef CJ Grimes and his staff dole out Southern homestyle dishes from a rotating menu. Regular offerings of pork chops and fried catfish or haddock couple with sides of collard greens, seafood gumbo, and dirty rice, and daily specials tempt taste buds toward savory servings of ox tail, barbecue pork spare ribs, or meatloaf. The cozy dining area welcomes visitors to warm up their appetites and fork-tossing arms with games of pool and darts, and the friendly staff and homey atmosphere may inspire groups to linger longer while enjoying a daily dessert such as peach cobbler or pumpkin cream-cheese cake.
Bertino's Pizza and Italian Food stocks a tasty menu chock-full of fresh ingredients, old family recipes, and mouth-watering meals. The breakfast pizza ($12.50 for medium, $14.99 for large) features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, peppers, onions, and cheese smothered in white pizza sauce, and the red sauce, mozzarella, ham, and pineapple on the Hawaiian pizza ($12.49 for a medium, $15.49 for a large) make bellies want to do a happy hula. Play artist by creating a crusty chef-d'oeuvre with more than 20 available toppings, such as feta cheese, artichokes, and steak, or by bringing glitter and finger-paints to decorate each pizza. Transform tired phalanges into felicitous jazz hands with Bertino's finger-friendly appetizers, such as spaghetti and meatball rolls stuffed with spaghetti, meatballs, and sauce ($6.99), as well as fried mushrooms ($3.95) or mac 'n' cheese bites ($6.50). Munchers on the run can dine on portable hot subs ($6.99 for regular, $8.25 for large), sandwiches, and burgers from the grill ($2.50–$5.95), or by taking advantage of Bertino's free delivery inside city limits.
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Hedonist Artisan Chocolates specializes in handcrafting a wide variety of sweet delights, hewn from French chocolate and all-natural ingredients. Saunter in to the shop while clad in a wide apron for gathering truffles, which run the gamut from five goat-cheese truffles ($12) of black currant, chile cinnamon, and more, to 10 classic truffles ($20), flavored in hints of espresso, hazelnut, and white mint. The goat-cheese truffles are made with goat cheese from the local Lively Run Goat Dairy. A relaxing cup of lavender-and-lemongrass drinking chocolate ($6.50 for a two-ounce packet), mingled with vanilla and white chocolate, melts Jack Frost's cold heart on a snowy summer's day, while the pistachio ginger bark ($10 for a five-ounce bag), semi-sweet chocolate shards sprinkled with salt, tingles the tongue with an offbeat mouthful of deliciousness. Silence the moans of your sweet tooth with the treats of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.