According to the cooks at Bollywood Tadka, Indian food's rich flavors can be boiled down to one thing: the spices. Whether roasted, fried, or ground into a paste, spices add striking and subtle zest to dishes made with fresh ingredients (never canned meats or veggies). On the hotter end of the spectrum, spices contribute the fiery flavors to goat vindaloo and the kick to an almond sauce that smothers marinated lamb pasanda. More understated notes abound in dishes such as housemade cottage cheese roasted in the kitchen's tandoori oven and boneless fish simmered in a creamy butter sauce. To complement their mains, Bollywood Tadka's cooks craft all their Indian breads, including roti and chili naan, entirely from scratch.
Within La Tavola's butter-hued walls, decorative partitions and flowing red curtains subdivide the dining room. Amid these stately accents, owners Jill and Steve Sullivan present an elegant menu of contemporary Italian fare. Chicken and seafood arrive pan-seared or roasted with basil pesto and lemon-caper butter, whereas gamey meats such as rabbit complement traditional spiral and straight pastas. Diners may also requisition the sconce-laden space for private parties of up to 150 guests or 300 acrobats willing to stand atop one another's shoulders.
Inside the wood-fired oven at Alfonso's Family Trattoria Pizza and Restaurant, mozzarella bubbles atop more than 21 gourmet red and white pizzas. Everything from cheesesteak fixings to homemade ragu crowns those pies, and more than 15 toppings, including hot peppers and bacon, flavor customizable pizzas. Alfonso’s balances its extensive pizza selection with more than 15 regular or whole-wheat pasta dishes tossed with ingredients such as imported parmesan. The BYOB eatery rounds out its menu with other Italian favorites, such as veal piccata, and pizzeria staples, including orders of up to 96 buffalo wings.
Since 1967, the Mandreucci Family has lured in diners with the scent of bubbly margherita pizzas, sopressata sandwiches on semolina bread, and chicken, sausage, and shrimp mingling with rich sauces on plates of pasta. Tan brick and colorful murals of wholesome Italian ingredients surround families and couples as they twirl linguini around their fork tines or munch on slices of vodka-penne pizza, a specialty pizza topped with vodka sauce and diced ham. During catered events, guests can avoid eye contact with an old lab partner by preoccupying themselves with fresh fruits, antipasti, penne pomodoro, lasagna, and veal.
The deep green of cooked spinach. The sunset orange of tikka masala sauce. Ginger, curry, chilies, and fenugreek contribute their colors to the rainbow of dishes at Kabana. Forks click gently against plates polished clean by tufts of naan bread baked with butter and sesame seeds. In the kitchen, chefs cook chicken tikka and tandoori dishes slowly by putting them in a clay oven or quickly by talking through a dragon’s favorite movie scene.