The soaring tunes of weekly live musicians and the enticing scents of café fare mingle midair before drifting across the comfy couches and photography speckling Doug's Hideaway Café. The menu offers a who's who of italian meats tucked below a blanket of veggies, oil, and vinegar with the hoagie-roll-wrapped Italian Stallion ($6.99), and the healthful Hideaway wrap's mix of turkey, dried cranberries, and candied walnuts packs fewer calories and more taste than an astronaut’s entire freeze-dried Thanksgiving dinner. Daily rotating soups ($2.79 for a small, $3.59 for a large) accompany made-to-order sandwiches ($5.99) and leafy salads ($3.59–$6.99) with steamy, aromatic draughts.
Stone River Grille's rustic décor and all-American fare honors the building's historic roots as a 19th century general store. In keeping with its past, the establishment delivers goods that locals crave, including fire-grilled filet mignon, lobster scampi, and word-of-mouth news about the latest blacksmithing techniques. Of the avocado chicken bruschetta, M.B. Tuccio of the Connecticut Post said, "The plate was so colorful…. its flavor matched its looks; the avocado didn't overpower the rest of the dish, but kept the tongue interested."
During warm months, guests sit on a deck overlooking the Pootatuck River enjoying Sunday brunch or fresh fruit margaritas. The restaurant occasionally hosts dinner-theater events to enliven Newton's cultural scene and develop actors' abilities to project their voices louder than their growling stomachs.
The pizza at The Original Antonio's is so good, it converted a deep-dish-loving Chicagoan, who proclaimed their pies as "the best thin-crust pizza" with sauce that's "to die for" on the eatery's website. Their specialty creations range from a vegetarian Torino with roasted eggplant and lemon-cream sauce, to the Chrissy with New York strip steak and sweet peppers. But pizza isn't all they're known for?the Setaro family really shines when they use flashlights to prepare traditional Italian entrees such as housemade gnocchi with plum tomatoes. The menus' meatier dishes include an 8-ounce filet with wild mushrooms, and braised short ribs with tomato ragout.
John Gogas first became a chef in Greece, eventually traveling throughout Europe helping to establish Club Med kitchens. He relocated to the United States in the 1970s, where he opened Jordan's Restaurant and developed a menu focused in Italian cuisine. Entrees include fettuccine debosco with ham, mushrooms, and peas, as well as baked ziti and veal marsala. Groups can share one of six specialty pizzas, such as a clams casino with bacon, garlic, and a choice of sauce. Of course, there are also a few Greek dishes: pitas can be stuffed with pork, beef, chicken, or pages from Aristotle's rejected film scripts.