Peppino's Pizza subdues cravings by gently lulling them to slumber with a comforting selection of freshly crafted subs, pastas, and city-style pizzas. Sink chompers into a standard tomato pie ($9.95), or experience island vibes with the Mediterranean pizza, which fashions a doughy foundation with eggplant, olives, and garlic ($14.95). Like awkward elementary-school dances, ingredients mingle shyly under the supervision of culinary chaperones who encourage tomato, oregano, feta, and olives to get close—but not too close—inside a serving of Greek spaghetti ($10.95). Sub rolls are made fresh daily and house a multitude of hot and cold tenants, including meatballs ($6.95) and roasted veggies ($6.95). Treat mouths to a 100% Angus-beef burger, such as the pepper-, mushroom-, and bacon-stacked Monster Burger Deluxe ($8.95), or order one pound of boneless Volcanic wings and warm up after carpooling in a coworker’s Zamboni ($7.95).
Felix Petta and his wife Caroline opened Petta's Kitchen in 1951. Today, the Petta grandchildren oversee the restaurant, which now goes by Petta's Italian Restaurant. Despite the name change, Petta's continues to specialize in homemade Italian cuisine. The bread, soups, desserts, blue-cheese dressing, meatballs, and lasagna, among other items, are all made in-house. On top of that, the chefs age their own steaks and pound their own veal cutlets into pieces that are thin enough to fit in the food copier.
Located in the heart of Little Italy, Cornell's Restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes in a tradition started more than 60 years ago. Within the kitchen, chef Armondo captains a crew of cooks as they work cuts of veal, seafood, and steak into savory pastas and specialties. Plates join with glasses of fine Italian and California wine in the elegant dining halls, where chandeliers illuminate linen tablecloths and colorful framed artwork. Large round tables and chairs populate the private banquet room, making it an ideal place to host special events or build a leaning tower of tables and chairs.
The newly renovated Randy Loren's Dolce Vita Ristorante infuses classic Italian dishes with a love of music that permeates the classic atmosphere. As diners enjoy plates of lightly breaded veal and parmesan-encrusted tilapia, on Fridays and Saturdays performers take to the dining room’s elevated stage to coax melodies from a white grand piano sitting under a disco ball and colorful lights. In addition, trimming decorated like piano keys accentuates the wooden bar, whose array of liquor and wine bottles would produce its own grand symphony if it were ever hit with a bunch of tiny pebbles.