All of Spumoni's homey restaurants brim with Old World ambience and warm zephyrs laden with the aromas of a broad selection of mouthwatering pastas and pizzas. Enjoy extravagant culinary indulgence not seen since the reign of Emperor Boyardee with a delectable antipasti dish, such as the Veggie Tower & Prosciutto, a shuffled deck of tomatoes, eggplant, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, and succulent Parma prosciutto ($9.95). For a bigger bite, wrap mouth muscles around the Gnocchi Fradiavola, piquant shrimp and white wine cradling tender spud-infused pasta as beautiful as a litter of Mr. Potato Heads ($16.95). The Herculean array of pizzas, such as the Capricciosa, studded with artichoke, ham, mushroom, and mozzarella ($17.95/12" pie), goes down much easier after a few glasses of muscle-loosening wines, including Sangiovese ($6/glass) and Moretti ($5/glass).Though this Groupon does not cover the $2.50 charge, Spumoni's expedient food runners deliver to homes, businesses, and Muppet-infested trashcans.
The kitchen crew at Hoagies & Wings peppers the menu with buffalo-style hot wings and a variety of hoagies. The 25-piece wing sampler showcases up to five different sauces, such as mild, hot, and chipotle barbecue, helping patrons decide which flavors to order for football-watching parties and which are the most appropriate for snacking at the opera. Muffle stomach growls with two hoagie-and-wing specials, which come with a pair of steak, chicken, or veggie sandwiches and a choice of 8 total bone-in wings or 10 boneless wings. Ranch or blue-cheese dressing accompanies each order of wings, letting diners dip wings or hungry fingers to their hearts’ content.
Fab’s Corner Cucina strives to bring Mediterranean home cooking to California. Ever since the restaurant was founded in 1981, the chefs have fully committed to forging a menu of familiar Italian comfort foods that wouldn’t look out of place in an Old World trattoria. Oven-baked pizzas arrive at the tables laden with everything from ricotta cheese and sage to roasted chicken and red bell peppers. Additionally, the chefs create a number of homestyle favorites, including pastas glazed with hearty sauces as well as an array of familiar chicken and veal entrees.
Beyond the menu, the Zagat-rated restaurant aims to make patrons feel at home with its cozy, inviting decor. High-backed burgundy booths line one entire wall of the dining room, each of them featuring a faintly glowing pendant lamp as well as a piece of artwork or a photograph of the restaurant’s tax returns. These warm tones complement the space’s deep crimson walls and light, earth-toned accents.
Clay Oven Indian Restaurant’s traditional tandoor ovens bake sizzling poultry, seafood, and veggie dishes from a diverse menu. A daily lunch buffet and weekend champagne brunch let diners hover over a multitude of dishes infused with traditional spices, using their forks as divining rods. Cradled in gold-hued chairs, patrons complete culinary adventures by digging into indian rice pudding, traditional pistachio ice cream, or a giant stack of after-dinner mints in the shape of the Taj Mahal.
It’s easy to become mesmerized while standing in line at Fresh Cutt Carving Grill—just behind the counter, slabs of roasted meat are finished on the grill and hand carved to order. This is where Fresh Cutt’s signature three-step ordering process begins. First, customers select one of the high-quality meats, such as all-natural chicken, prime cut steak, and chipotle PorkBelly, to be hand-carved. Then, they can have their chosen meat rolled into a pita or tortilla, spread across fresh salad greens, layered into a plump sandwich, served as is on a plate, or fashioned into a cummerbund for black-tie butcher’s galas. Finally, they can customize their meaty creation with a colorful assortment of fresh ingredients, such as wok-sizzling vegetables, fresh cut slaw, and pinto beans. If they’re not in the mood to make their own meal, they can order from an unintimidating menu that features specialty dishes, such as a pizzeta layering spicy shrimp, avocado-jalapeno salsa, fresh cilantro, and cheeses atop a pita crust, and sides such as hand-cut fries and avocado salad.
The Infield grinds out an extensive selection of creatively garnished hot dogs alongside an assortment of sausages and classic sides. Carrying a healthy lineup of high-quality brands including Sabrett, Vienna, Hebrew National, and more, this cash-only establishment swings for the fences with signature hot dogs. Timid gourmands find simple snacking in the all-beef Infield classic ($3), and loftier appetites fill up on the chili-cheese Frito dog ($5) or the Chavez Ravine sandwich, filled with two opposite-minded franks cohabitating in one bun and seasoned with delicious hijinks ($5.50). Cross-country transplants find edible nostalgia in the Brooklyn pastrami dog with its layers of pastrami, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese ($6.50) or the Cajun-spiced Louisiana hot link ($5). Bulk up meals with a side of fries ($2) or coleslaw ($3) before completing the satiation cycle with a deep-fried Twinkie dog ($6) or other sweet weenie.