Ciao Amici's abides by a very simple philosophy: “Mangia Bene,” which means "Eat Well" in Italian. Chefs take this motto to heart, constructing cheesy pizzas and fresh pastas, along with ladling delicate cream and wine sauces ever so gently over meat and fish dishes. A matrix of spotlights casts light on the sizable space, highlighting tables as diners share slices and sip selections from the more than 20 wines offered on the wine list, which has earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. After climbing up the red tapestries that hang from the high, peach ceilings, you can question servers about throwing a gala in the banquet facility.
Sweep aside the gauzy marigold curtains and natural light streams through Table 7’s wide windows, glinting off hardwood floors. Within this warmly lit dining room, Mediterranean motifs abound: mosaic tiles, zithers, and tambourines deck the walls, and ornate chandeliers hover above arched doorways. Those motifs extend to the menu, highlighting grilled beef kebabs, hummus, and fluffy pita bread. In addition to traditional dishes, chefs expand their scope to include pasta dishes with creative flourishes such as feta-cheese stuffed meatballs, and Table 7’s juice bar doles out fresh-fruit juices, fruit smoothies, and the occasional festive fruit hat.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
A sunny afternoon's work of putting putter to ball does more than bring up latent emotions about middle-school health class—it also brings up a hunger for fine dining. The lunch and dinner menus at the newly opened Fountain View Restaurant feature freshly prepared provisions that pair perfectly with the restaurant's view of Tanglewood's verdant greens. As you gaze at the links and begin to strategize through Fountain View's windows or bat lashes at the landscape from the outdoor patio, appease your grumbling food box with an order of scampi-style shrimp ($9), served over capellini in a mushroom-tomato broth, or a flatbread pizza and grilled veggies ($8), with fresh mozzarella and toasted oregano. With your mouth woken and wide eyed, direct its attention to a Fountain View specialty, the salmon roulade, a decadent buttery fish feast stuffed with shrimp, lobster, spinach, and jack cheese and served with mushroom risotto and asparagus ($14 for lunch, $19 for dinner). If you're collecting bones from your meals to complete your Rube Goldberg machine, order a bone-in “cowboy” rib eye—16 succulent ounces of Angus beef smothered in a bourbon demiglace with pearl onions and mushrooms and served with a jumbo baked potato and broccoli ($34 for dinner only).
BoomTown's menu of simple and sophisticated pub fare showcases its love of high quality ingredients. Indulge in deviled eggs, which form a deliciously evil alliance with Tillamook cheddar, cherrywood-smoked bacon, and paprika ($4), or use your dining power for good with a build-your-own-pizza option ($7+). BoomTown's 10 in. thin-crust pies wage war against hunger with such options as nitrate-free pepperoni ($2) and cherry-bomb peppers ($1) atop BoomTown's rich San Joaquin tomato sauce, all finished in a stone oven at 700+ degrees. Specialty Neapolitan-style pizzas include flavors such as shrimp and prosciutto with lemon zest, red chili, and fresh mozzarella ($12). Like the healthy star of the high-school football team, BoomTown's rotisserie chickens ($12 half, $16 whole) are locally raised without the aid of hormones or antibiotics, and the kitchen roasts the birds on a vertical spit before finishing them in the stone oven for a deep, savory flavor.
• For $32, you get dinner for two, including one starter, two entrees, and two drinks (up to a $71 value). • For $60, you get dinner for four, including two starters, four entrees, and four drinks (up to a $142 value). • For $85, you get dinner for six, including three starters, six entrees, and six drinks (up to a $213 value). The chefs at Grill 23 Restaurant & Tavern concoct a menu brimming with savory American dishes. When guests arrive, they can dig in to a starter such as the combo platter, which brings cheese nachos, beer-battered mushrooms, onion rings, french-fried green beans, and southwest cheese logs together in an amalgamation more impressive than the Continental Congress' brief stint with the Mighty Ducks. Then, the attentive staff will saunter to your table with entree in hand, shepherding dishes such as the bistro steak—10 ounces of certified Angus beef that's submerged in a dunk-tank of house-made Jack Daniels sauce before being char-grilled and served with the two sides of your choosing, such as roasted red-skinned potatoes and sautéed mushrooms. Quell maritime cravings withpub-style fish, which is broiled or beer-battered with Killian's red ale, or tongue-dive into the toasted ravioli, which is stuffed with a slew of Italian cheeses and diced Renaissance paintings before being licentiously posed on a pillow of spinach and slathered in house-made tomato sauce. Top off your evening with a lively libation from the bevy of beverages, including a Patrón margarita or a bottled beer.