Piada founders Andrea, Daniele, and Giovanni import the tastes of their native land into the eatery’s eponymous dish, a hot flatbread sandwich popular in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Diners can pick from eight traditional piadas—each named for a film by Emilia-Romagna native Federico Fellini—or opt to construct their own from organic, locally grown vegetables, imported Italian meats, and cheeses made only with milk, rennet, and salt. Behind gleaming floor-to-ceiling glass, communal tables host crowds of midday diners and itinerant tomato jugglers, and sippers wash down meals with gulps of hot italian coffee.
Founded more than 95 years ago, Hercules Candy daringly rescues distressed dessert-cravers with their handcrafted chocolates, barks, chocolate-covered marshmallows and assortment of other classic confections. These gentle giants flex their candy-making muscles with an array of indulgent cocoa-caked concoctions, such as raspberry-chocolate-covered oreos ($.99 each or $17.99/lb.), or chocolate-covered potato chips, individually hand-dipped in milk chocolate or both milk and white chocolate for the truly duplicitous secret agent (both $17.99/lb.). In time for Valentine's Day, Hercules Candy offers all manner of heart-shaped chocolate boxes ($6.75+), as well as chocolate spoons complete with mini-marshmallows that can be stirred directly into frothing mugs of hot milk or hurled at a hoped-for paramour ($1.75). Devoted to maintaining their personal, hands-on approach to candy, Hercules Candy roasts nuts on the premises for sweets like their homemade peanut butter cups ($11/lb.) and hand-dips chocolate in a variety of molds such as flowers, sports gear, vehicles, and life-sized presidents.
Dedicated to providing hearty meals at affordable prices for Syracuse's working people, Cosmo's Cafe's owner and his dedicated staff plate ample portions of classic American breakfast and lunch fare. Cosmo documents his culinary adventures online, making evident his passion for cooking and love for the café. Breakfast feasts sizzle in skillets throughout the day, served to-go or at tables under the pleasant glare of the café's hanging plants and richly hued green walls, and lunch-box specials allow diners to pair deli sandwiches with salads or homemade soups. On Fridays, fish sandwiches served with slaw and fries satisfy dietary requirements for cuisine often misconstrued as vegetarian cuisine, preventing diners from having to eat vintage hot rods or the innards of pinball machines.
A student of the baking arts for most of his life, Mario has more than 40 years of experience in the field, stretching back to when he learned the subtle art of yeast fermentation from a European immigrant. The same “from scratch” mentality still pervades his recipes for cakes, breads, rolls, and cookies made each day at Mario’s Bakery, Inc. Here, curved-glass display cases protect a colorful collection of delectables hewing to that from-scratch m.o.: traditional Italian cookies, buttery rugula, and flaky, honey-kissed baklava. Along with freshly baked bread and rolls, the shop also serves cakes with edible images, pastries and other specialties for various occasions.