Frying, slicing, and sautéing a bevy of authentic Italian favorites, pizzas, and seafood, Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar sates stomachs with savory sandwiches and platefuls of pasta. Prime palates with fried clam baskets ($8.95) and jumbo homemade crab cakes ($10.95), then pick from linguine, penne, or bow-tie noodles to pair with the seafood marinara awash with shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, and clams ($19.95). Divers in search of deep-blue edibles will delight over a two-pound lobster dinner, which partners freshly boiled pinchers with drawn butter and corn on the cob (market price).
Ragazzi Italian Kitchen and Bar strives to capture the spirit of a Mediterranean trattoria. The chefs make gnocchi Bolognese, meatballs, riceballs, and lasagna specifically. These homespun ingredients lend their flavors to classic dishes such as veal parmigiana and angel hair fra diavolo with shrimp, scallops, and calamari. Meanwhile, they let their imaginations run free on the small plates, including Italian-style spring rolls and sushi-like creations made using imported prosciutto, pine nuts, and fragrant herbs. Familiar items from each side of the Atlantic?from cannoli to homemade apple cobbler?also appear throughout a dessert selection that The New York Times hailed as "wonderful."
Ragazzi Italian Kitchen and Bar's decor echoes the warm, inviting spirit of its menu. Semicircular booths line the dining room's stone walls and dark wooden tables gleam beneath the rows of light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. In addition to the indoor seating, Ragazzi Italian Kitchen and Bar also features an outdoor patio that opens during the warmer months. In shade provided by umbrellas, diners can enjoy a meal while savoring the sights of the surrounding foliage and the hot-air balloons migrating north for the summer.
The chefs at Lo Piccolo's Pizzeria and Restaurant specialize in thin and crispy New York–style pies, but they make a mean Chicago-style deep dish and thick Sicilian pizza as well. Specialty pies hold a variety of fresh toppings that range from the classic napolitano spread to a crust crowned with breaded chicken cutlets, bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, and ranch dressing. The menu offers other Italian specialties, too, including veal parmesan and pasta doused in marinara, vodka sauce, or Nickelodeon slime.