Pizza in Upper Monroe

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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.

649 Monroe Ave
Rochester,
NY
US

The staff at Colie's Cafe seeks to embody the affability and good nature of Albert Coleman "Colie" Linehan, a Canandaigua native born in 1917 and known for his joviality. According to Metromix, owner Michael Linehan, Colie's grandson, crafts hearty sandwiches, wraps, and pizzas to cement his station in the family lineage. In addition to its specialty sandwiches served on white, wheat, rye, or a roll, the eatery offers wraps, quesadillas, and sandwiches served in gluten-free tortillas as well as menu items with fewer than 600 calories for diners with a fear of large numbers.

657 Park Ave
Rochester,
NY
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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.

360 Park Ave
Rochester,
NY
US

Strings of twinkling lights glow above Roam Cafe’s cozy tables and pale-green walls, illuminating guests as they dig into fresh, crisp salads, pizza tossed from hand-made dough, and paleo diet-friendly options. The long bar gleams in the sunlight streaming in from a wall-sized window, and patrons sip espresso and munch on Sunday brunch. Brick arches lend the interior a hint of roman architecture, an outdoor patio welcomes alfresco merriment during warming months, and diners wash down house-made meatballs with cold beer or warm tomato sauce.

262 Park Ave
Rochester,
NY
US

Riley Greider is the mind, hands, and sweet teeth behind Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe, a gourmet bakery specializing in cupcakes. More than 128 flavors rotate across the shop?s menu in groups of 13 to 20 each day, baked daily in small batches from fresh ingredients.

With such an enormous repertoire of recipes, the cupcake case has room for classics such as carrot cake alongside fancier flavors such as cinnamon french toast and cherry cr?me br?l?e?not to mention the decidedly outlandish, such as loaded baked potato and Game Day Chili. While retaining a home-baked look, many of the cakelets wear elaborate toppers of sprinkles, frosting swirls, or fruit. All this creativity won the shop the title of Best Cupcakes in City Newspaper?s 2011 Readers? Choice poll.

258 Alexander St
Rochester,
NY
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Patrons within Brickwood Grill's exposed-brick-and-wood interior munch the menu’s eight specialty burgers in the glow of 20 televisions and a trio of arcade games. Bite into morning meals after dark with a breakfast burger ($8.49) topped with ham and eggs, or chomp down on the A-1 mushroom swiss burger ($7.99), whose mushroom toppings swim in a sea of A-1 steak sauce and melted slices of the ocean's one true fruit, swiss cheese. Chefs construct many entries on a recently revamped selection of 13 sandwiches made from locally sourced ingredients, yielding munchworthy dishes such as the Red Osier panini ($8.99), which stuffs Red Osier roast beef between fresh french bread alongside ladles of au jus. A selection of health-conscious soups and salads also is available. After a meal, sidle up to a long, fully-stocked bar where a trio of TVs broadcasting the latest game draws barflies like moths to a wrestling match between flashlights.

250 Monroe Ave
Rochester,
NY
US