From their outpost near the academic halls of the University of Connecticut, the chefs at Sgt. Pepperoni spin hand-tossed pizzas in the style of New York’s great pizzerias. Friends split a 16-inch cheese pizza, baked on handmade dough and blanketed with mozzarella cheese and house-made sauce. Divvy up eight breadsticks splashed with savory sauce from a cup of marinara sauce, or use them as swords to duel for the last slice of pizza. Sgt. Pepperoni’s sentries stay on watch for rumbling stomachs until at least 2 a.m. every night, quenching appetites brought on by late-night study sessions or hunger strikes in protest of Daylight Savings Time.
At Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill couples and groups of friends crowd the softly-lit dining room, conversing over traditional Mediterranean appetizers or sharing hookahs on the outdoor patio. The lively scene reflects restaurateur Nadim Kashouh’s passion for celebrating Mediterranean culture and cuisine. Though Nadim spotlights Lebanese standbys such as charbroiled kebabs and heaping bowls of hummus, he also incorporates Western flourishes such as demi-glaze sauces, mashed potatoes, and deep-fried footballs. A selection of Lebanese wines and beers whets palates.
Tangerine-colored walls and colorful prints from the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, embody the spirit of the visual- and performing-arts celebrations for which Spoleto East Longmeadow—a member of the Spoleto Restaurant Group—is named. Yet, the inspiration doesn’t stop in South Carolina. Across the Atlantic, in Spoleto, Italy, the annual Festival of the Two Worlds showcases the Umbria region's dance, drama, cinema, and opera. The two yearly festivals in Charleston serve as the stateside mirror images of the Italian original. Spoleto restaurant owner Claudio Guerra has fond memories of taking part in these festivities with his mother as a child, and so christened his restaurants after them in homage.
Like the Northampton location before it, the East Longmeadow site offers a lively atmosphere and traditional Italian dishes such as stone-baked pizzas topped with cremini mushrooms and veal saltimbocca with fresh sage and marsala sauce. Diners can personalize their experiences by opting for the restaurant's multicourse meal option, or by carving their likenesses into meatballs before eating them.
Armed with fresh seafood, authentic recipes, and a sizzling hibachi grill, the chefs at Tokyo Sushi construct fresh sushi rolls and flame-broiled meals of meat and seafood. In the hibachi dining area, chefs artfully spin utensils as they prepare sizzling filet mignon and calamari for visitors seated around the oft-flaming grill, using its intense light to improve their base tans. Diners can also situate themselves in conventional restaurant seating to enjoy uncooked cuisine such as the Kamikaze roll with avocado, spicy tuna, and spicy yellowtail, or a Rock ‘n’ Roll plate that cocoons eel, salmon skin, cucumber, and avocado in rice.
The menu at 420 Main features a stunning array of hearty, expertly prepared concoctions. Dive into dining with a plate of seasonal oysters in a half shell ($2.50 each) or a bowl of creamy lobster bisque ($7). Moving on to the mains, the exquisitely marinated and seasoned 8 oz. venison ($30) is juicy, tender, and capable of quelling all medium- to large-sized appetite creatures, spotted throughout history peeking through the buttonholes of overcoats. Sink your eager chompers into a 10 oz. filet mignon ($30) or a fine non-steak dish such as the grilled Atlantic salmon gorgonzola ($22). All entrees are served with your choice of two sides, such as garlic mashed potatoes or broccoli au gratin ($4 separately). Inner-child sophisticates can be indulged with a heaping portion of three cheese-n-mac with fresh lobster ($19). Alternatively, satisfy actual youngsters with a kids’ meal such as pasta with red sauce ($7), served with one side and followed by a youth-sating ice-cream sandwich.
At Krazy Jake's, chefs hand-batter fresh seafood and top juicy burgers with sauces made from house recipes. Anchoring the diverse menu, platters of fried haddock and chips or baked sea scallops in lemon-butter sauce sail toward the red horizon of steamed Maine lobster. Specialty burgers such as The 325-pound Shaq Burger #36 is topped with pounds of corned beef and sauerkraut, or a rotating burger of the month pile fresh ingredients onto 8 ounces of Black Angus beef or bison meat. Krazy Jake's also offers a full bar and seating for up to 140 patrons. From some of these counter seats, customers can catch the chefs whip up their sizzling entrees right before their eyes.
For special occasions, diners can enjoy Krazy Jakes's in house in the private dining room or have the mouthwatering entrees catered to special events.
In the warmer months, melting scoops of old-fashioned ice cream flavors, such as moose tracks and rum raisin, drip a path from Krazy Jake's outdoor takeout window to the picnic tables. Year-round, patrons cozy up indoors to vanquish the Super Hero's sundae, powered by vanilla ice cream, banana chunks, and caramelized Kryptonite.