The pizza options are seemingly endless at Mezza Luna Pizzeria & Restaurant. Choose from Sicilian-style pizzas, make-your-own creations, or 15 specialty pies that include a baked ziti pizza, a lasagna pizza, and a meatlovers pizza sprinkled with ham, pepperoni, ground beef, and sausage. Other Italian-American options, such as calzones, heroes, paninis, and pastas, round out the menu.
The Rocco boys' love for pizza started in the Bronx, where they worked at their father’s pizzerias from a young age. Now, brothers Joe, Mike, and Frank are continuing their family's tradition at 10 locations of their own invention—all flaunting the Planet Pizza name tag.
A man can't build such a pizza universe without some serious pies. But inspiration isn't a problem for the Planet Pizza culinary team, who've molded more than 30 toppings into about 25 specialty circles, all available on gluten-free and whole-wheat crusts. In addition to specialty pizzas, the cooks concoct other menu choices such the compo salad with baby field greens, grape tomatoes, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, and dried cranberries or the buffalo chicken wrap loaded with strips of crispy chicken, lettuce, tomato, spicy wing sauce, and chunky blue cheese dressing are more convincing than Pluto as a mature planet.
Chefs top Luca Bella?s namesake pizza with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers, meatballs, and mozzarella. This meaty concoction is one of nearly 20 specialty pizzas, thin crust or brick-oven baked, that they whip up on a daily basis. They also assemble more than 60 classic Italian entrees including baked ziti with homemade tomato sauce, chicken parmigiana, and shrimp scampi. For customers on the go, they even stuff meatballs or breaded eggplant into hero sandwiches.
Di Stefano’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame a particularly cozy picture of diners savoring bites of warm bruschetta, twirling linguine, and sopping up lemon white-wine sauce with veal scaloppini. Guests tear into penne-vodka or chicken-marsala pizzas at the round wooden tables in the dining room, or head outside to the umbrella-covered patio to taunt chipmunks with their people food. The family-friendly restaurant offers catering, takeout, and free delivery, and it now serves liquor.
Harrison Pizza and Pasta’s chefs use old-fashioned recipes to prepare classic Italian eats and old-fashioned hospitality to treat customers as family members. The kitchen staff’s expansive menu details hot garlic knots, pasta fagioli, and eggplant heroes. The main attractions, however, are the eatery's specialty pizzas, which arrive on focaccia or Sicilian-style thick crust and, like its catered dinners, are designed to please large groups or solitary guests with multiple mouths.
The big draw at JT Straw’s Bar & Grill is the wood-fired brick oven, which crisps the edges of pizzas day and night. Housemade meatballs, smoked mozzarella, and sliced rib eye steak all sink into sauce before pies emerge from the oven ready to be gobbled down or used as a bargaining tool in divorce court. Aside from the pizza, JT Straw's also doles out draft brews, burgers, salads, and wings doused in more than 60 sauces, including spicy mexican, mango chipotle barbecue, and garlic sesame.