Marly and Matt, who contributed their initials to M & M Pizza Bistro, use a range of fresh ingredients, as evidenced by a large selection of daily specials based purely on the morning’s market finds. The eatery’s tables populate daily with tender gnocchi, ravioli, and tortellini in thick bolognese or creamy alfredo as well pizza draped in roasted red peppers, goat cheese, meatballs, and other toppings. Wine-infused marsala and piccata dishes steam beside fresh bruschetta and garlic knots. At the counter, guests ask the cashier about fillings for a calzone or confuse it with Cal Ripken’s treehouse, The Cal Zone.
Since 1977, Park Pizza's kitchen staff has been crafting traditional and gourmet pizzas, which headline a menu of casual Italian cuisine. They arrange toppings on gourmet pizzas in clever combinations, such as the mélange of ziti, ricotta, and mozzarella on the baked-ziti pizza, or the salad pizza with lettuce, carrots, and olives. The Uncle Chuck hero sandwich features barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, french fries, lettuce, and tomatoes—which only leaves out one major food group: chocolate. These pizzas and sandwiches as well as pasta dishes and Italian entrees incorporate all-natural and preservative-free Grande cheese.
Mahwah Pizza Master has dished out delectable edibles constructed from fresh ingredients for more than two decades, delighting diners with a menu of circular savories, hearty pasta dishes, and other casual cuisine in a family-friendly setting. Silence the unseemly echoes of an empty belly with starters such as jalapeño poppers ($6.99), buffalo chicken fingers ($8.10), or chicken wings (hot or mild, 10 for $7.75). Famished pizzavores can sate their desire for a delicious discus with one of Mahwah Pizza Master's specialty pies, such as buffalo chicken ($19.50) or chicken teriyaki ($19.50), or they can simply stick to a conventional 16” cheese ($13.50). The comprehensive menu features familiar and reliable favorites that greet taste buds with back slaps and secret handshakes, including a veal parmigiana hero ($8.95 for large), penne ala vodka sauce ($9), and veal marsala ($14.75).
Inside the kitchen of Marcello’s, teardrop chandeliers cast their warm gaze over copper cookware and a dining table that wraps around the stove. Here, Chef Marcello sheds light on the techniques of preparing Italian cuisine during cooking classes and private parties. In such events, up to 12 guests can sip wine while he picks recipes secretly stored in his chef’s hat and demonstrates how to assemble artful dishes, which may include risotto with chicken and spinach or pasta with fresh tomato mozzarella and basil. Although the private dining experience is the easiest way to witness Chef Marcello’s passion for sharing the cuisine of his native Italy, guests can also enjoy his dynamic entrees without front-row seats at the chef’s table. In the restaurant’s dining room, floor-to-ceiling murals depict the Tuscan countryside and ferns adorn honey-colored walls as diners anticipate hearty meals. Atop crisp white tablecloths, servers present platters of housemade pastas and veal prepared seven ways. The knowledgeable staff is also happy to recommend pairings from the vast Italian wine list.
Twice a week, the owners of La Vera Cucina visit local meat and fish markets. They do this themselves instead of delegating the task, and visitors to their restaurant find this kind of dedication to be delicious. Once these carefully sourced ingredients—like lobster, scallops, veal, and steak—hit kitchen cutting boards, chefs pair them with heaps of linguine and fettuccine. Once they're prepared, meals enter the dining room, sailing past gold, sponge-painted walls to land on white tablecloths that make the ingredients' colors sing. Sun-dried tomatoes glisten like rubies, pink prosciutto and bright green peas surround chicken Florentine, and mussels occupy bowls of red or white sauce.
For Chef Chris Tarta, a night of cooking at Bella Campania Ristorante feels just like the childhood evenings he spent in his grandmother's kitchen. The frenetic pace and the vivacious atmosphere remind him of the family feasts that he was helping to prepare at age 10. Even though Chef Tarta went on to receive formal training at culinary school, he still remains faithful to his Italian roots and traditions when preparing meals at his restaurant. He and his team make fresh mozzarella daily, create sausages in-house, prepare pastas from scratch, and follow time-honored family recipes when blending sauces.
The kitchen's unwavering dedication to classic, Old World-style home cooking is evident throughout the menu, which includes everything from thin-crust pizzas and baked ziti to hearty sandwiches and pan-seared veal. Since the eatery is BYOB, diners are free to bring a bottle of wine from home or from their own chianti well.