The coal-fired oven at Rock N' Coal Pizza fires out Italian favorites that fuse flavors from both the Old World and the New. Chefs specialize in both classic Neapolitan pizzas—such as the shrimp and vodka sauce pie—as well as the more modern New York style pizza topped with toppings such as buffalo chicken. But guests don't have to stick to just modern or traditional. They can combine both styles with the menu's build-your-own-pizza option. Guests can choose to build their own prime beef burger, too, or select one of the chef's gourmet combination such as the bistro burger—a patty topped with bacon, cheddar, and a fried egg.
In the massive main room, flatscreen televisions hang over booths casting a warm glow over meals and broadcasting the day's biggest games. The main room may be a destination for sports fans, but Rock N' Coal's private room gives guests a chance to celebrate special occasions or plan their next move in a rapidly escalating prank war.
At Aglia Ristorante, chef Sal's Old World Sicilian culinary roots trellis into a menu of traditional Italian cuisine. Diners wade into five-course waters with basil- and garlic-accented mozzarella slices and handmade chips tossed in rosemary truffle, barbecue, or sea-salt seasonings. The third-course garden salad temporarily diverts monstrous appetites as they await the main event, presented with deliciously difficult choices including delectable chicken, pork, fish, and steak dishes. Succulent chicken thighs slow-cooked in an herb-infused oil bolster the chicken confit, and a rolled pork loin stuffed with caramelized onions, spinach, and prosciutto fortifies the pork roulade more effectively than shredded polyester. As the meal winds down, guests can savor the final act of the edible libretto with a cannoli pastry and espresso.
Cheese isn't the only thing that Mozzarella's Grill & Bar does right. The casual Italian eatery has a massive menu that's made all the more impressive by its chefs' attention to detail. Whether they're cooking up blackened haddock, gorgonzola steak tips, or one of their specialty pizzas, they always manage to find the sweet spot between taste and tradition. It's evident that the same care has been given to each of the restaurant's physical locations, some of which are outfitted with a patio for al fresco dining. For large family gatherings or a full-scale invasion of a neighbor's backyard, Mozzarella's catering services can feed an army with a mere 48-hour advance notice.
Each dish that leaves executive chef Robert Hennemann’s kitchen is made from scratch. He ladles housemade sauce over breaded chicken breasts and puffs up ravioli with a hefty infusions of cheese. Servers cart platefuls of broiled scallops and house-cut sirloin to tables topped with lace cloths that can double as veils for impromptu weddings.
Owner Tony Lanni's mother Maria oversees all of the chopping, grilling, sautéing, and baking that unfolds inside of Il Fornello's kitchen to ensure that each Italian dish gets seasoned with adequate amounts of homey comfort. Piles of pasta, sizzling steaks doused in a variety of sauces, fresh seafood, and juicy chicken dishes adorn golden tablecloths inside the ruby-hued dining room, where rollaway dividers offer increased privacy and can be configured into barricades for impromptu food fights. Il Fornello also hosts private parties for up to 80 people and offers comprehensive catering services for soirees at other locations in the solar system.
Reali's Fine Italian Cuisine's owner and chef, Jim Reali assembles meats, pastas, and sauces into hearty Italian creations using cooking skills first cultivated when he was 16 years old. Diners choose between upscale offerings such as veal and chicken parmigiana or call the waiter via foghorn to order seafood selections. Downpours of rich tomato sauce cascade over pastas, and, as meals unfold, eaters can repurpose pieces of penne as straws to sip white, red, and blush wines sourced from domestic and international vineyards.