Coffee & Treats in Hilltop

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The dough spinners at Mancuso's toss up a menu of pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches that captivate even the most capricious of appetites. Occupy fickle phalanges with finger foods, such as the toasted ravioli ($4.35) or the breaded mushrooms ($3.75). With more than 20 hat options for their pizzas, including jalapeño peppers, shrimp, hamburger, and pineapple, diners can create custom pies or spice up a CD to satiate an empty stereo. Leave the garnishing up to the experts with one of the savory specialty pizzas, such as the taco pizza, a circular food-receptacle full of seasoned beef, black olives, chips, and salsa (14", $18.30), or bring more portable cuisine, such as pizza by the slice, an italian beef po’boy ($4.75), or the chicken-parmesan sandwich ($6.25) along for a creek-side picnic or your solo cello performance.

4415 Harrison Ave
Rockford,
IL
US

As a fun slideshow demonstrates, The Little Chocolatier’s staff hand makes an array of treats that fall into four categories: candy, chocolates, nuts, and popcorn. Their handmade chocolates pack white boxes with slabs of english toffee, nut clusters, and mint fluffs spread across trays of assorted chocolates. The team also fills bags with fresh-popped popcorn covered in caramel and cheddar.

1262 S Alpine Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

The family-owned-and-operated shop brews sumptuous gourmet coffee and espresso while serving a plethora of sweet treats and tasty baked goods. Ordered weekly, Meg's coffee is always fresh and many are certified organic, with tempting roasts such as sugar plum berry, white chocolate mousse, and butter pecan ($1.55–$1.78 per cup). Meg's array of caffeinated concoctions includes blended smoothies, iced coffees, cappuccinos, and chai teas, covering the full range of the caffeine rainbow. Meg's menu features several fresh pastries and light lunches, including the ham and cheddar sandwich or feta-cheese-topped Meg's special salad. Visitors can indulge in a blueberry muffin ($1.97) while melting the icicles off their antlers in front of the fireplace at their Alpine location.

1280 South Alpine Road
Rockford,
IL
US